Have you ever used just one stamp to create your background, accents and even part of the title? That is exactly what I did with the snowflake from the Stampin' Up! Best Wishes & More stamp set. The stamp set images, card stock colors and dimensions, and ordering instructions will be at the bottom of this post.
On the bottom half of each of the Bashful Blue 12" x 12" pages I stamped the snowflakes in Bashful Blue. Tone on tone is probably my favorite background technique. It is easy but adds so much to a simple design.
I love when I see where an image was used to replace a letter of a word. I was so pleased with myself when I thought to use one of the snowflakes for the "o" in snow. It isn't all that brilliant, but for need-to-be-organized-and-tidy brain, it does not come naturally. Therefore, the bit of pleasure from the simple substitution.
Nine snowflakes were stamped in Bashful Blue on Whisper White card stock. Then they were all trimmed with my favorite pair of scissors – the Paper Snips. Every one needs a pair of Paper Snips! They make all the cutting out a pleasure and not a chore.
The buttons in the center of all the cut-out snowflakes were made with my Sizzix Buttons #5 Sizzlits Die. For only $4.95 and some scrap Bashful Blue card stock, I had buttons, buttons and more buttons for all my scrapbookers. And, the beautiful part is, I still own the Sizzix die and came make hundreds of more buttons!
The buttons look fantastic without adding hardly any bulk to my pages. Did I mention the Sizzix button die is only $4.95. I love a bargain, and that is surely one of the best!
Do you like naked buttons? I discovered I have an issue with buttons attached without some sort of thread. Threading these buttons does not take a needle and thread either. With my Tabletop Paper Cutter, I can cut the smallest slivers of card stock and use to "thread" my buttons. How cool is that? They "thread" can then always coordinate. That works well for my needs-to-be-organized-and-tidy brain. Can you feel the sense of peace?
The title for my snow pages was stamped with the Schoolbook Serif Alphabet in Bashful Blue on Whisper White card stock. I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig so I could stamp each letter twice for a deeper color. It worked like a charm!
Stampin' Dimensionals were used behind each layered snowflake accent. It has never ceased to amaze me how much a little dimension adds to a project. Have you given any of your projects a lift lately?
Here are the images of the two stamp sets I used:
Card stock colors and dimensions:
Bashful Blue – (2) 12" x 12"
Sage Shadow – (5) 4-1/4" x 6-1/4" and (9) 1-3/4" x 1-3/4"
Handsome Hunter – (5) 4-1/2" x 6-1/2", 3-3/4" x 6-1/4" for title and 2-3/4" x 3-3/4" for journaling box
Whisper White – 3-1/2" x 6" for title, 2-1/2" x 3-1/2" for journaling box and scrap pieces to stamp and cut out snowflakes and make your own "thread" for the buttons
The list of Stampin' Up! stamping supplies used to create my scrapbook pages:
Make your own Just Say Snow scrapbook pages by ordering the Best Wishes & More stamp set now on www.stampinsmiles.stampinup.net! And, don't forget, when you order $50 or more by March 31, 2010, you will receive your choice of a free Sale-a-bration product!
You will also receive the Stampin' Smiles February Bonus with any order of $50 or more.
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