Hey everyone!! My name is Lindsay Adreon (Crafting While Caffeinated Blogger and YouTuber) and I am so proud and excited to be guest designing this month for Inspired by Stamping! I am a SAHM of two kiddos, wife of one who lives in a VERY small town in central Iowa. I have been stamping for eight years and it is my “go to” craft for some “me time”. Last year I decided to start my blog and quickly moved into sharing my crafting videos on YouTube as well. You can find me at both places My Blog (https://craftingwhilecaffeinated.wordpress.com/) and my YouTube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4wWi3TNlhLaWXWx5jE1wUg)
Now that fall is upon us, I have dove head first into all things plaid. I’ve been wanting to create some plaid on my cards, and when I seen the “Basic Lines” stamp set I was beyond excited. This set is filled with all types of lines allowing you to create so many different patterns. It allows you to combine different colors, patterns, pair it with different sentiments and textures for literally any occasion you find yourself needing a card for. Today I paired it with the “Sending You” sentiment set, also from Inspired by Stamping. Using these two sets together allowed me to mix and match the sentiments, plaid patterns, and color combinations to create a set of six cards for all different occasions. Now I will be using these cards myself, however, this would make an awesome gift set! You can watch the video to see exactly how I created these cards or check out the written tutorial below! ENJOY!!
Step 1: As stated above I will be using these two stamp sets. The set on the left is the Background Basics: Lines and on the right is “Sending You”.
Step 2: I will be using fun foam covered with a sheet of scrap paper as my stamping surface. The fun foam allows for some cushion to achieve a better stamping result with such solid stamps and the scrap paper is to catch all the extra ink. I cut six panels that were 4 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ (A2 sized). Using my t-square ruler and a pencil I made a light mark about 2 1/2″ from the top of each of the panels.
Step 3: Using painter’s tape and more scrap paper, I masked off the top of each panel, using that pencil line as a guide. I also wanted to share what acrylic block I used and how I mounted my stamps onto it. You can see in the photo I mount the line stamps from corner to corner because they’re too long to fit on any of my acrylic blocks. You can also use a stamp positioner, but that will take some extra time.
Step 4: I started with a royal blue dye ink and the thickest single line stamp in the set. When starting my pattern I stamped both a vertical and horizontal line in the same color and made sure I didn’t stamp them directly in the middle. You can see my first stamps start to the left of the paper and towards the bottom of the panel. This allows for a more authentic looking plaid pattern if everything isn’t completely centered. Also, for all of my stamping I will be using dye ink. I found that dye ink works best with this technique.
Step 5: I then mounted the medium width single line stamp in the set. Inking up the stamp each time with a hot pink dye ink I stamped the line on both sides of blue lines, both horizontally and vertically. You should end up stamping this second stamp four different times.
Step 6: I repeated step 5, only this time with purple dye ink and the stamp with four small lines and stamping besides the hot pink lines.
Step 7: With my pattern complete I could start working back to the starting stamps, so I stamped the hot pink line next and then the blue line next to the hot pink lines. You can see I ran out of room on the left hand side and also the bottom before I ran out of room on the right and top, because I didn’t start directly in the center with my pattern. This allows for a much more authentic looking plaid pattern.
Step 8: When you have completely filled the bottom of the panel with your pattern you can take off the top mask and erase any leftover pencil marks.
Step 9: You should have a plaid pattern resembling this photo.
Step 10: Again, I masked off the panel above the pencil mark I had made with my t-square ruler. Starting again with the widest line and blue dye ink I started my pattern. This time I stamped my first lines at an angle and started in the bottom right hand corner. When stamping your pattern at an angle make sure your lines cross at a 90 degree angle.
Step 11: I worked out from my first stamps and stamped the medium width solid line in orange and the thinnest single line in gray. With my pattern complete I worked back to my blue line by stamping the medium width orange line again and then stamping my blue line. Continue to work through and back through your pattern of colors and lines until you’ve filled the bottom of the panel with your plaid pattern. You can see in the photo I ran out of room on the right hand side and also the bottom of the panel before the top and left hand side. Again, this allows for a more authentic looking pattern.
Step 12: You can remove the mask and erase the pencil line when your stamping is complete. You should be left with an angled plaid pattern resembling the photo.
Step 13: Again, I masked off the panel above my pencil line. To start my pattern I stamped the thinnest single line in light pink in the upper left hand corner. I moved onto the thinnest set of four lines in green, then the medium width single line in blue, and finally the thicker set of four lines in purple.
Step 14: For this pattern instead of working back through, I decided to just start my pattern of lines and colors over. Because I had my purple lines stamp already on my acrylic block I stamped those on the left hand side and also above the first pink lines I stamped. I then started my pattern over on the right side and also below the purple lines. I kept repeating my pattern until my panel was filled.
**Part of the fun of plaid stamping is coming up with new color combinations and also patterns. You can use as many or as few colors as you like and also mix up your lineage. You can stamp in patterns or go completely random, your option are literally endless!!! The only thing I would suggest is using dye ink for this technique!!
Step 15: To finish off my cards I first began by adhering a thin strip of coordinating cardstock (about 1/4″) right above the plaid pattern. I used double sided adhesive and different colors of cardstock that matched each individual pattern. This allowed me to cover the top of the pattern where any of my masking of ink was a little less than perfect. I used my long blade scissors to snip off any excess on the left and right hand sides.
Step 16: Using the “Sending You” sentiment set I stamped the “Sending” stamp in the top middle of each panel at an angle. I then mixed and matched the different sentiments included in the set, so each individual panel read differently. I stamped each sentiment in different ink, using an ink I had used in the pattern so it would coordinate.
Step 17: Finally, I mounted each panel on an A2 (4 1/2″ x 5 1/2″) white top folding card base. I used double sided adhesive to make sure each panel was nice and secure.
Step 18: Here is a final look at each finished card. You can see I did each card differently. I used different color combinations, patterns, and sentiments for each. Combining these two stamp sets left me with unlimited possibilities and I most definitely will be making more of these VERY soon!!!
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