Hello, Jeni here with a mini series I’m calling “Use Every Stamp” where I plan on using every stamp in a set to make a bunch of cards. Its been a few years since I last did this and I thought this would be a good way to show you how to make the most of your stamp sets. I will create a Album over at The Little Paper Treehouse Tribe group on Facebook so you can share your “Use Every Stamp” cards too. We’d love to see what you have been making.
I used the Concord and 9th Hello Sunshine Turnabout stamp set and for this set of cards I went even further and used all the Hello Sunshine dies too. The dies can be used with and without the stamp set. All my stamping is done with the Carnival collection of Catherine Pooler Designs inks – with only one small sentiment stamped in black. I used the printed guide that comes with all new Turnabout Stamps to line up the sunburst stamp and used the Turnabout jig guide in my stamping platform.
My first card is a small shaker card stamped with Limoncello for all four turns and die cut the circle die from the centre. Adhering some acetate behind and just one layer of foam tape around the circle to make a small shaker well. I used the direct to paper method to ink a piece of card that would fit behind the circle. Die cut the “sunshine” and inked it with the same Limoncello ink. I then stamped “Little Ray Of” in black ink onto the small banner and adhered both slightly covering the shaker.
Using The Die
To use the sunburst turnabout die, you need to draw light pencil marks on your card to mark the centre. The centre of the die has a cross cut from the die so you can see the centre point of your pencil marks. One of the rays is straight from this point and lines up with one of your pencil marks. Each time you rotate the die 90degrees and line up this longer ray with your pencil line. Concord and 9th have this video to show how to use it if you are a visual person.
Stamping Through Diecut
On a piece of white card I stamped the small sunburst stamp with Limoncello ink. I also die cut the banner shape and the “sunshine” word. Inked the “sunshine” and stamping “You Are My” with Limoncello ink, I added this with foam tape over the centre of the sunburst die cut. To help the diecut rays look more prominent I used the direct to paper method to make some yellow card and added this with foam tape.
Double Use of Dies
If I can, I will always try to get two cards from one piece of die cutting. For the cards above I drew a grid using the circle die as a guide. I made the spacing was even and kept all the die cut circles. Ink blending a piece of white card with Be Mine ink, and while this was drying I lay all the positive circle die cuts back into the die cut piece of card. Using purple tape to hold them in place I added foam tape behind all the circles – using tiny pieces of the circles that overlap the edges. Removing the backing from the foam tape I took the whole piece to the pink card. I lined it up and pushed all the circles down, carefully removing the purple tape so nothing gets ripped. On one circle I stamped “Hello Sunshine” with Be Mine ink, and the half sun ray with Limoncello.
To make use of the white holey piece of card I held it against another piece of white card and stamped the sunburst stamp in the gaps, making sure to leave one gap for the sentiment. I used Limoncello, Mardi Gras and Suede Shoes for the sentiment and popped up the circle grid frame with foam tape. I know I used Limoncello a lot with these cards but I found I was drawn to this colour because of the sunshine images!
Creating Stamped Backgrounds
One of my favourite ways to use smaller stamps is to create backgrounds. The blue card is the easiest of these two. I lined up the sunburst stamp and the “Good Vibes” onto an acrylic block and repeat stamped this at an angle across my card. You can also do this with a stamp postponer tool but I still find an acrylic block easier. Starting from the bottom I stamped two stripes with Mardi Gras, two strips with Suede Shoes, two strips with All That Jazz, and the last two strips with Mardi Gras. I stamped “You Bring The” onto the banner diecut and the half sunburst rays to fit above and below the “sunshine” die with Mardi Gras ink. Die cut and layered three of the ‘sunshine’ diecut together to add some more dimension. Then added this to a strip of white card to help it stand out from the background.
This next card took a while to make. The background is stamped with “sending smiles” and the sunburst stamp in Limoncello. I stamped the banner with Grape Crush using a different Concord and 9th stamp set, and added some purple dots to the background too just to add some contrast. The circle in the centre of the sun is stamped with the same Catherine Pooler inks.
Creating The Sun
This next part was more tricky. To make the sunburst I kept all the small pieces of card (I will be calling these the sun ray pieces) and placed them back into the negative diecut piece of card. I used purple tape to hold everything together and a circle diecut to adhere the sun rays too. I put little dots of liquid glue onto the end of each sun ray piece and pushed the circle down for a few seconds. This was tricky to do and not all of the sun rays adhered so I picked them up and placed them onto the circle. Once they were all evenly spaced around the circle (I tried to follow the same pattern as the die) I adhered another circle to secure the ends. I left this under an acrylic block to dry fully then popped it up with foam tape.
Creating The Sun – Easier
I wanted to try creating a sunsburst with the left overs again. There has to be an easier way to do this! For the “God is Good” card I lay all the diecut sun ray pieces back into the negative piece of card and snipped out a hole from the centre of the die cutting. I covered a circle die with strong Scor Tape and just lifted up the edges from the release paper to adhere all the sun rays. I covered another circle die with the sentiment already stamped, with Scor Tape to secure the ends between two pieces of card. To make this card a little different from the others, I trimmed a piece of card to 4×4″ and taped it at an angle to the Mini Jig so the sunburst, when stamped with Suede Shoes would be slightly off. Then I could foam mount the sunburst die with the longer rays straight onto the card without covering any of the stamping. I added this to a 4.25×4.25″ card that I’d inked with Suede Shoes ink.
For my last card I stamped the sunburst with just three colours of ink. For the first turn I stamped with Coral Cabana, then Limoncello, then Samba and again with Limoncello. I stamped “Hello Sunshine” with the same three colours at the bottom of the card altering where they would be to create a pattern. I stamped the banner with Samba ink, using Limoncello to stamp the sentiment then diecut with the banner die. To cover the centre of the sun I stamped “It’s Your Day” in Samba ink onto a circle and foam mounted this to the card. My stamped sunburst wasn’t completely centred so I trimmed my panel down and, again using the direct to paper method inked some card with Samba to add some more colour in two strips along the two long sides.
I hope you have enjoyed this card tutorial using every stamp and die in one set. If something doesn’t make sense to you, please let me know and I will do my best to help. Maybe the “creating a sun from the diecut pieces” needs to be a video tutorial. Let me know if you would like one. And please let me know which is your favourite card.
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