Monday, July 9, 2012

A New & Borrowed Technique . . .

There's one blog I follow daily, and that's Lyssa Zwolanek's.  She's one of the top demonstrators in the US for Stampin' Up! and freely shares her tips, tricks, and creativity.  I hope to meet her in person one day, perhaps at Leadership in January - my goal is to go this year, since I promoted to Sr. Supervisor.  She has a style I love and her blog posts make you feel like you're right there, maybe about to have a cup of tea & cookies together after a session of stamping - guess you could say I'm one of her biggest fans :)

Lyssa came up with this technique last week, which she calls One Layer +, and I just love it.  It's clean and simple, quick, and so pretty.  Here's my attempt:

The technique uses just a couple of ink colors, with the darker ink taking subtle attention.  Then you choose an image to stamp, cut or punch out and "pop" up with Dimensionals.  Here, Crumb Cake & Early Espresso are shown, along with the stamp sets Cottage Window and Wicked Cool.  I know it's a little early for Halloween, but the cobweb from Wicked Cool was just BEGGING me to go in this little window frame :)  I used my Crumb Cake Stampin' Write marker to extend the web all the way to the edge of the frame.

You've probably heard me talk about the Stamp-a-ma-jig at least once or twice in class.  This is a perfect example of a project to use it with.  I lined up the cobweb and the little spider in my window frame easy peasy!  If you haven't used the SAMJ yet, give me a call, and I'll have you over for a quick lesson.  I promise you won't want to "two step stamp" without it once you've tried it!

Anyway, I think this is a super-cool technique to use, especially if you need a quick but impressive card.  Give it a try and see what YOU think!

Well, that's about it for now.  I have a few other cards I need to think about designing for my next class, plus the everlasting homework for my graduate class - boy, will I be glad when August is here and I am DONE!!!!

Happy stampin'!


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