Wednesday, April 18, 2018

We Create Last-Chance Blog Hop

Welcome to the April 2018 Last-Chance Edition of the We Create Blog Hop!!! For our blog hop today, we are featuring stamp sets and colors that are going to retire from either the Stampin' Up! 2017-18 Annual Catalog, or the 2018 Occasions Catalog. My card for the hop features the We Must Celebrate stamp set, the colors Island Indigo and Chocolate Chip (plus a little Soft Sky). {Note: if any product links in this blog post fail to take you to the product in my Online Store, it means the item has sold out!}

It's tough to see it, even with the closeup below, but I added a little bit of glimmer to the Tutti Frutti Adhesive-Backed Sequins by brushing them with a bit of Clear Wink of Stella. I also used the Watercolor Pencils to add some highlights to the animals, using the white pencil on their tummies (and the bunny's tail) then going over that lightly with Wink of Stella. Neither the Wink of Stella, nor the Watercolor Pencils are retiring, by the way...I just wanted to use them on the card!

The We Must Celebrate stamp set is available in either Wood-Mount or Clear-Mount, and even though I am a wood stamp lover, I bought this set in Clear-Mount. I did that because I KNEW I would want to cut the row of animals apart to be able to use them separately. If you notice on the card above, this allowed me to ink up the raccoon in Chocolate Chip, and the bunny in Island Indigo. Cutting the images apart and stamping separately also allows me more room to trim around the stamped images.

There's just enough space between the animals to carefully cut them apart, without cutting into any part of the images. I have some special rubber cutting scissors I use for this. It's important to cut straight through from top to bottom so you don't undercut the foam. If you cut away the foam under the image, that part of the image will not be firmly supported, and may not have enough pressure to stamp evenly. Plus, if you just cut straight lines through the foam part, you can always line the separate images right back up on your Clear Blocks and use them in their original layout whenever you want!

After I cut straight through to separate the images, I go back and trim only the rubber closely around the image. I do not cut the foam close to the image, ONLY the rubber. I have to cut at an angle to get only the rubber, but taking the extra time to do this when I first get the set saves time and frustration later, because it prevents those "halos" on my project from having accidentally inked up those edges.

It's such a super cute set if you like bears, or bunnies, or raccoons, or squirrels...I'm pretty sad it's not hanging around. BUT--you can still buy it, so grab it NOW and then YOU won't have to be sad!

Click the image below to hop to Libby's blog next, and see what Last-Chance creations she's designed...

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  1. This is so adorable! I hope we get another raccoon when the new catalog comes out!

  2. Cute card! Great tip on cutting out the animals! :)

  3. I love this stamp set but didn't get to use it much! Great idea to cut it apart....

  4. These characters are so cute and what a great idea! I never thought to cut them apart for even more opportunities. Thanks for sharing your adorable creation!


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