I really love triple layer stamping, having only recently tried it out for the first time and on Wednesday (thanks to Shaz in Oz) I spotted a shortcut over on a new WOYWWer's blog called Ink~a~Doodle~Do. The blogger is called Anne and her idea of using papers rather than stamping got me thinking.
Out came the paper pads, card and trimmer and this was the (eventual) result:
Now, here is a health warning - I wasn't really thinking it through properly and my first attempt failed because I trimmed an inch off one side and an inch off the top. This does not work!!!! Ha, some more snippets were created :(
The right way to achieve the smaller size is to trim half an inch off each side all the way round the second layer, then one inch off all round the top layer so that you get pattern matching. The plain card mats are just quarter of an inch larger, ie. an eighth of an inch on each side.
I cut three identically patterned pieces of paper measuring 6" x 4" first of all and then did the trimming of the middle and top layers, remember - a bit off each side. The middle layer measured 5" x 3" and the top layer measured 4" x 2". The plain purple card measured 6.25" x 4.25", the next layer measured 5.25" x 3.25" and the final plain purple layer measured 4.25" x 2.25".
The white card I then popped all the layers onto measured 6.25" x 4.25" when folded.
It's a really easy way to use up those multiple 6" x 6" sheets of well patterned paper that I bet you all have, and 12" square paper would work too, so long as the pattern repetition matches. It's also fun if you just fancy playing round trimming paper :) Cutting and trimming paper is one of my favourite occupations - I moved on from 'fringe chopping' many years ago!
So, I used:
- 6.25" x 4.25" white card stock - and it just fitted into an A6 envelope
- plain purple card
- brightly patterned papers from Kate Knight's 'Totally Tropical' pad - free with a magazine
- a pre-loved SU sentiment stamp, stamped using Adirondack's 'Purple Twilight' ink and punched out using SU's 'Decorative Label' punch
- a purple flower which was already patterned with script
- Josy Rose pink heart shaped nail head
I made this card for our friend Kim (Abi's Mum) who is taking a real leap of faith in her career. I'm sure she'll be a great success - and that she really is 100% right to follow her heart. Good luck Kim!
And Happy St. David's Day to all my Welsh friends - you know who you are :))