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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Stamp, Punch & Cut

One of my regular class attendees sent me a picture of a peacock card someone else had created,  asking me if I could figure out how to make it. I then taught my January class members how to duplicate it. The feathers are made with two stamps from the Flower Patch stamp set and then cut with the coordinating framelits. The peacock's head is the smaller petal framelit from the same Flower Fair set. Even the Pistachio Pudding cut-out behind the peacock's neck is from that set of framelits. The Owl Builder punch supplied other pieces.

If you wish to copy this card, I've photographed a couple steps in the process for you:
 The leaves were stamped with Pistachio Pudding and, inside, Wild Wasabi. The Honey Mustard and Baked Brown Sugar circles as well as the Pacific Point hearts were punched using the Owl Builder.
 These photos were taken while I was creating my first card, which was larger than the final. I discovered that I needed to place each "feather" closer together, with the edges touching. I attached the first layer of "feathers" with glue dots close to inside tips so I could lift them up to slide in the back six.
 The back "feathers" were adhered to the Hello Honey dsp (In Color Paper Stack) with snail adhesive. Once they were in place, I popped up the top layer with Stampin' Dimensionals behind the teardrops of circles and hearts. [Note: our dimensionals are just the right thickness; most of what you purchase in craft stores are much thicker and don't produce as nice a dimension.]

Your next step would be to add the Pistachio Pudding flower shape to cover any spaces left in the center area before adding the body. Using a Sponge Dauber, I sponged the edges of the head and body with Pacific Point ink. The head feathers are the owl's feet. The eyes are actually the little hearts from the Owl Builder punch cut in half with the tiny circles glued inside. Even his beak is a trimmed heart.

This card was definitely labor- and time-intensive and will only be given to people who will appreciate all the work that went into it. I may make one of them into an anniversary card for my daughter who occasionally frames cards I've made for her. You'll notice there is room on the bottom of the completed card to add a sentiment.

Although I love the look of square cards, I resent the fact that the Post Office charges extra for postage, which is why I don't make many of them. I generally plan to hand them personally to the recipient.

Products Used:
Flower Patch stamp set (19), photopolymer, 134207, $25.95
Flower Fair Framelits Dies (11), 133731, $24.95
          [Save 15% with bundle (stamps & dies), 136788, $43.25]
Owl Builder Punch, 118074, $16.95
Whisper White 8½" x 11" card stock (40), 100730, $8.50
Hello Honey 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 133678, $6.95
Pistachio Pudding 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 131294, $6.95
Pacific Point 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 111350, $6.95
Baked Brown Sugar 8½" x 11" card stock (24), 131296, $6.95
2014-2016 In Color 12" x 12" Designer Series Paper Stack (40), 133705, $21.95
Pistachio Pudding Classic Stampin' Pad, 131177, $5.95
Wild Wasabi Classic Stampin' Pad, 126959, $5.95
Pacific Point Classic Stampin' Pad, 126951, $5.95
Glue Dots (300), 103683, $4.95
Stampin' Dimensionals (300), 104430, $3.95
Multipurpose Liquid Glue, 110755, $3.95
Rhinestone Basic Jewels (150), 119246, $4.95
Sponge Daubers (5), 133773, $4.95

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