It’s January 30th and you know what that means!! It’s the first official blog post for the 2017 Craft Challenge – Hooray! I called this tutorial ‘weathering the storm together’, because it uses the Weather Together stamp set from Stampin‘ Up! One of the phrases in the set includes the sentiment, ‘we'll weather this together', which gave me the inspiration for the tutorial title.
My craft stash is full of paper, so this year I’ll be showcasing some cool projects that feature paper and designs that can be used for a variety of occasions. If you’re a scrapbooker or paper crafter like me, you probably have a huge stash of paper and other embellishments on hand that you’re dying to use. Yet, you might not have a great idea of how to use your stash up. I challenge you to put on your creative thinking cap and put your own touch on the designs I’ll be featuring. Then, don’t forget to share your creation with me – I’d love to see how my tutorials inspired your creativity!
Now, let’s get to this month’s tutorial using Weather Together!
I had to create a sympathy card for a co-worker who lost a family member last week. It was hard trying to figure out what colours and images to use. I could go white or black or grey, but none of them felt comforting. Then I had the idea to use navy and shades of blue, which have a calming feel to them; that seemed appropriate.
In thinking of ways to create a sympathy card featuring navy I remembered that I had a stamp set I had not used yet. I thought it might be the coolest way to be sympathetic and pretty at the same time. That stamp set is called Weather Together by Stampin’ Up! and it features umbrellas and sentiments for a variety of occasions.
I also have a love of creating things that are homemade, but that don't immediately look homemade. I love things that come from the heart and take pride in a handmade, heartfelt approach to crafting. So, I decided that instead of just stamping images I would create a scene that featured embossing and 3D images using layered paper.
To make this ‘weathering the storm together' sympathy card you will need the following items:
Now, how do we put these items together?
Step 1: I cut out all the images ahead of time. This means I can just sit down and stamp, and then glue them together without having to go back and forth to my Big Shot to cut things out as I need them. I find it saves me time and sanity, especially if all I have time to do is prep the materials to be able to assemble them later.
Step 2: Next, I stamped everything I needed to stamp, so that it could dry. I stamped the inside of the card with an umbrella and a cute sentiment, then let it dry. You could also use a heat gun to quickly dry the ink if you're in a hurry or just want to save some time. I find that if I stamp multiple cards at once they dry pretty quickly. This means I can move from step to step without too much waiting time in between. As a bonus I wind up using more material from my stash and have other items created ahead of time for when I need them. Definitely a win-win!!
The embossing part of step 2:
For this card I stamped some images with ink, and others with Versamark ink, so that I could emboss the images to make them metallic and 3-dimensional. I love embossing! To emboss an image, you use the embossing buddy to remove any static from the paper.
Then you stamp it using Versamark ink before putting a little embossing powder on top. I have an embossing powder tray and I lay the paper in the tray, then add embossing powder then gently tip it to one side to take off the excess. The powder will stick to the inked image and you'll have a matte, powdery image that is ready to be set.
To set the powder and make it turn metallic you use the heat gun. Be careful not to hold the heat gun too close to the paper, and be sure to keep it moving and gently blowing hot air on the images. I like to use a small circular motion and move it from one area to the next as the powder turns metallic. You can definitely see the powder turn into liquid; don't touch the liquid! Wait for it to set, so put it aside and let it dry.
Step 3: Once everything is dry you're ready for assembly! I use glue dots a lot. They are quick and easy to use and they hold just about everything in place. They're not great for really heavy materials or treat boxes. But they work great for cards, tags, scrapbooks, etc.
I assembled the umbrella on the navy piece before adhering the navy to the gold strip, and then to the white card. It doesn't matter what you assemble first, go with what works best for you.
Now you have a finished product! Feel free to stamp the envelope, it adds a nice personal touch and dresses it up in a way that is such a heartfelt touch.
The colours I used to create this card are shown below – navy, gold, white. To elevate the design, try a pop of colour like watermelon wonder!
Other Ideas Using Weather Together
Here are a few other ways you can use the Weather Together stamp set to create cards and gift tags:
Hope you felt inspired to use up some of your craft stash! What did you think of this tutorial? Did you like the Weather Together stamp set? Leave me feedback below!
If you're curious as to what other crafters are using up in their craft stash during the 2017 Craft Challenge check out the other seven bloggers. You're going to love what they've come up with!