Thursday, January 9, 2014

A Little Birdie Told Me

This is Karen with a spring project for you.

Sin City Stamps is teaming up with Altered Pages this month, and it was really a treat to scroll through the beautiful images from Altered Pages and to pair them up with stamps from Sin City Stamps!

I chose a beautiful bird image from Altered Pages and a gorgeous background stamp from Sin City Stamps, then added a cute phrase from Sin City Stamps.  I really prefer simple cards, so I limited the number of images I used.  But you could create any number of minimalist or elaborate combinations.

I printed Altered Pages AP 2125 - Little Spring Birdies collage sheet onto cream cardstock.

Once I chose the bird image I wanted to use, I chose some cardstock in coordinating colors.  I made test stamps with several inks on different colors of cardstock.  I knew I wouldn’t use them all for this project, but I can save the extras for later.  I chose the color combinations I thought looked best with my image.
Color choices (800x600)
AP sheet (800x600)
I used the background stamp from Sin City Stamps’ Rosette Hearts set and a phrase from the
Steampunk Circus set. I decided to use the background image stamped in ColorBox Chalk Ink in Rouge on the pale pink paper and the phrase stamped in ColorBox Chalk Ink in Dark Brown stamped on the same paper, with the darker pink paper as the base.

I cut out the images.  Here is a tip.  I wanted to cut out the bird image in a way that would allow me to use the remaining images, and I wanted to cut it with a paper trimmer so the cuts would be straight.  It can be hard to tell exactly where you should put the paper in this situation, so I used a clear piece of acrylic to help me line up my image with the cutting line.  This is actually the block I used to stamp the phrase, doing double duty:

Tip (600x800)
Here’s another tip.  When I cut the phrase on the paper trimmer, it was so small that it kept slipping and making a slanted cut.  I held it down with a pencil eraser to get it to stay straight.

And here’s one more tip.  It turned out I had stamped the background image at an angle, so I couldn’t
just put the paper in the paper trimmer.  So I used a clear ruler and a rotary cutter.  Here it is lined up:

Tip 2 (600x800)
Sometimes the paper slips when you use this method, and you need to add an extra sheet for thickness.

I cut a piece of cardstock for my base, scored it, and folded it in half.  Then I dragged each piece across a pad of Distress Ink in Tea Dye.  Finally, I attached all the pieces with double-sided tape.

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Digital Image: Altered Pages #2125, Little Spring Birdies
Stamps: Sin City Stamps, Rosette Hearts and Steampunk Circus
Inks: ColorBox Chalk Ink in Rouge; Distress Ink in Tea Dye
Cardstock, double sided tape

I hope you will consider combining digital images with rubber stamps in your next project!


  1. Awesome! Great job Karen! Love the colors.. very pretty

  2. Very pretty card, Karen, and lots of good tips, too!


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