Friday, May 20, 2011

Stampin' Up!'s Elegant Always stamp set....

Did you get this stamp set free during Sale-A-Bration like I did?  If so, or if you had this set already, pull it out and try this cool technique and card.  I stamped the image with Versamark ink and embossed it with white embossing powder on one oval and with black embossing powder on another oval.  I then cut the pieces down the center and then switched them up to get the black/white combination which is a hot technique right now. 
To make sure that the two embossed images lined up, I traced around the first oval on my grid paper so I could place the second oval in the exact same location.  I then used my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to place the image in the correct location on the oval.  I left the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig in place for the second oval.  All I had to do was to place the oval in the exact spot again which was easy since I had outlined it with the first one. 
The other trick I used was with the Word Window Punch.  I wanted my sentiment to be matted but there isn't another punch to work with the Word Window punch so I made my own.  I punched out a piece of Basic Gray cardstock and a piece of Basic Black cardstock with the Word Window punch.  I then cut the Basic Gray piece in half and attached it to the back of the sentiment leaving about an 1/8" showing on either end.  I then took the Basic Black piece and cut it lengthwise down the center.  I then attached these to the back leaving about an 1/8" showing.  I think it mats the sentiment really well, don't you think?

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