Tuesday, February 2, 2016

It’s All About The Plaid

Yesterday I went in to the studio to work, in hopes of producing a card or two towards getting a card class ready, and decided to pull out a stamp set I have had for quite some time from Papertrey Ink. The stamp set is called Background Basics: Super Stripes. One of their fabulous designers at PTI had used this set a couple of years ago to create her own plaid background paper, and if you know me you KNOW how much I love making my own background paper, and I just knew I had to give it a go.

After I finished my first attempt I texted a picture of it to a girlfriend who asked how I did it. That question just lended itself to be my next blog post, don’t you think? So today I went back into the studio to create a few more fun and colorful pieces that I could share with you today and took photos as I went to help me explain my process.

First off let me say that my grid paper from Stampin’Up! was a huge help with this technique. Ok, “huge” isn’t a strong enough word…ginormous!(You know, a blend of gigantic and enormous???) Also, I used a clear stamping block that had grid lines on it. Beacause these stamps are very long, and long stamps are quite flimsy, the long grided blocks helped me keep the stamps lined up while putting them on the blocks as well as helping with my spacing while stamping.

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First I chose a color combination that I liked. I chose three colors but I see no reason why you couldn’t chose more or less. In fact, I stamped using my ink full strength for a the rich color and then used the same stamp again without reinking it to get a lighter shade. So, alothough I only used three ink colors there may be five different shades going on in my plaid. My pictures here are going to show you how I did my diagonal plaid.

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So you can see on my grid paper I used my ruler and added a bold line up at one corner. This is easy to do. Just use your ruler to intersect a diagonal row of squares in their middle and draw a line. This will help me start straight and stay straight as I continue to stamp lines to my cardstock. I stamped my first row normal, being sure to line up my stamp with my ruler line. For my second stamped row I did not reink. I used the grids on my block to line up the bottom of the first row I stamped with the line on my block above where my stamp was attached. Lining it up this way each time ensured me balanced spacing throughout this project. I hope the picture helps demonstrate this. Then I just continued stamping using that spacing, only reinking my stamp every other time. Once I had my stripes in one direction, my next pass went the criss-cross direction. Each pass I made I changed it up with a different style of stamp and a different color ink. I just played, experimented and had fun! Isn’t that was this is supposed to be all about?

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Here are some different colors I played with today. (I used all SU colors!!) The first one I stamped was using Old Olive, Night of Navy and Crushed Curry. The second one is stamped using Night of Navy, Tangerine Tango and Pool Party. The last one you see is stamped with Real Red, Melon Mambo and Daffodil Delight.

post with cardstockpost miami dolphinspost melon mambo

Did you noticed on the second one that my stripes are not on the diagonal, but they are vertical and horizontal? I didn’t try incorporating all three lines. Wonder what that would look like? I’m dying to make a Christmas plaid now. But for now I will call my two days in the studio a success. I plaid with a new stamp set, made some homemade plaid paper and got a great masculine card out of it. (For the upcoming card class.) And hopefully, above all else, I have inspired you to try something fun and new. Thanks for popping in!

Have a fabulous day! (Happy Groundhog Day!)

Happy Crafting!   Shan

1 comment:

  1. I love this technique! So many options with just different color ink. Thank you for sharing.