Saturday, 11 August 2012

Stampin’ Up Saturday ~ Reason to Smile #2

I’ve got a very quick and simple card to share with you this week, using the Reason to Smile set. I hope I’m not boring you to death with this colour scheme, but I love it.


This stamp is designed to work with the one I used for the focal image on the mini milk carton last week. The idea being that you stamp the colours using this one and add the outline over the top. Also known as Two-Step Stampin’.


I was after more of a water colour effect for this card, so I just used the solid stamp. By squeezing the case gently before opening, ink is transferred into the lid. This can then be picked up with a blender pen and used to colour the rubber.

Add a sentiment and some pretty ruffled ribbon and you’re good to go. Simple.

Moving on to beach huts. A couple of folk asked for a tutorial to make these….


I used the Mini Milk Carton die from SU to make the base of mine, but it is possible to construct a milk carton yourself by cutting and scoring a piece of cardstock. There is a great tutorial by Beate Johns here if you’d like to have a go. Mine is smaller with the ‘wall’ panels being 4 x 5 cm, the roof 4 x 3 and the base 4 x 4cm.

To get the plank effect I ran the cut and scored card through my Big Shot with the Stripes embossing folder. I did that twice to cover the roof and walls, no need to worry about the base. If you don’t have that embossing folder, a scoring tool and ruler would give you a similar result.

I cut a door, 2.5 x 3.5cm, in a contrasting colour and embossed the ‘planks’ in the other direction. The little heart came from the Owl Builder punch and adds a nice finishing touch. I made the mini bunting by using just the tip of the Pennant Builder to punch the shapes and strung them on baker’s twine.


The beach hut colours are Pear Pizazz, Baja Breeze and Blushing Bride.The pink and green will be retiring soon, as will these lovely pleated ribbons. They are only available until the end of this month, so if you’d like some it’s your last chance to get hold of them. It’s £5.95 for 1 metre of each colour including UK P+P.

For all the details of the products I used for the birthday card, see last weeks Reason to Smile post and don’t forget the special offer, which is still available. As always you can contact me at angelfishcrafts{at}gmail{dot}com

I’m taking a short blogging break, so there won’t be a Stampin’ Up Saturday next week and I’ll probably be incommunicado between the 13th and 20th. If I don’t answer your email, I’m not being rude, just have no wifi access!

Hoping the sun will shine on us and you next week, wherever you are in the world.


Lisa said...

Gorgeous card, Fi, Sometimes I wish i'd known about SU before I started buying inkpads! Ooh and I really love the little beach huts too!! can't wait til I can order that die now:D

Enjoy your wi-fi break and have fun whatever you do


scrappyjacky said...

A lovely card.

alexa said...

I never knew about squeezing the lid to get the colour to transfer to the inside of it - very neat! Your card is so very pretty ...

Beverly said...

I love the card, sometimes going simple makes the most perfect sense :)

Julia said...

Gorgeous card Fi :)

Mrs A. said...

Your card is so stunning in its simplicity. Great tip about the ink pads too. Hugs Mrs A.

Lisa-Jane said...

Catching up (backwards thanks to Google Reader's Next button!) Great tip about squeezing the lid and I still love those huts so thanks for the link. Summer hols, a bit mixed as always but generally good and I'm a bit sad the kids are back to school the week after next! How about you?