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March, 2010:

Vintage Vogue Friend

Vintage Vogue is one of my absolute favourite stamp sets right now, and when I first saw the Occasions Mini catalogue, I knew I had to have it.

My latest card made with this stamp set also includes a new technique I just learned.  It’s called “Paper Lace” (Tana Conley is the originator of this technique), and it’s so easy and gives a great vintage look.  Believe it or not, but the fringe (or paper lace) is made using the Medallion stamp and the paper crimper!

I stamped the Medallion in Soft Suede onto Very Vanilla cardstock.  I cut the Medallion out, and then cut a notch out on one side so that I could fit the 1¾” Circle Punch to punch out the centre.  That left me with a C-shaped Medallion.  Then I ran it through the crimper over and over in different directions to break the fibers of the cardstock and soften it.  This allowed me to pleat it and create the paper lace effect.  It’s that simple.  I’ll try and take some pictures the next time I do it and make a tutorial for you.

I used Sticky Strip to hold the pleats in place, and then used some Soft Suede ribbon (I used the side without polka-dots because I thought it would make it too busy) to hide the top of the paper lace where it’s adhered to the card.

Oh, and don’t forget to stamp your envelopes!  Stampin’ Up! makes the BEST envelopes…the paper they are made with make them so nice to stamp on.  The colours turn out so rich, like you’re stamping on Whisper White or Very Vanilla cardstock!  Stamping on your envelopes is an easy way to make an extra “wow”!

Have a great day!


Stamp Sets – Vintage Vogue, Medallion
Inks – Soft Suede, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry
Cardstock – Soft Suede, Rich Razzleberry, Very Vanilla
Accessories – 1¾” Circle Punch, Mat Pack, Paper Piercer, Soft Suede 1/2″ Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon, Cutter Kit, Paper Crimper, Vintage Brads (Antique Brass) Stampin’ Dimensionals, Very Vanilla Medium Envelopes, Stampin’ Sponges

Clear Mount Stamps

When I found out Stampin’ Up! was going to start carrying Clear Mount stamps (the same rubber, but they cling to acrylic blocks instead of being glued to wood blocks), I was so excited! I have loved this idea for a while, and even thought of changing my stamps over to cling mount.

I’ve been using the Clear Mount stamps for a couple of months now, and I’m definitely in love! They are so easy to use, and I can see where I’m stamping. Now I only bring out my Stamp-a-ma-Jig if I need absolutely precised placement, which isn’t often.

Stampin’ Up! has made a video to showcase these new stamps. Take a look to learn more!

Have a great day!