Enjoy Life – Part 1

This month I wanted to look at the wonderfully named Enjoy Life stamp set. I think this is one of the most versatile stamp sets that I own which makes it a firm favourite. Whether you want to use the image of the cyclist, the celebrating figure or the foliage, bird and butterflies (or a combination of these) you will be able to create some fabulous projects. There are also some wonderfully up-lifting sentiments which will put a smile on your face, and that of the recipient.

The Projects…

In the first part of this series, I have created a matching set made up of a greeting card, gift tag and gift box. I have chosen fairly masculine colours but these could easily be changed to create a more neutral, or feminine look. The main image I wanted to use was that of the cyclist. As some of you may know, I used to do a lot (!) of cycling so this stamp appealed to me immediately. Cycling is a really popular hobby these days so I’m sure you all know someone who enjoys getting out on two wheels and would be super happy to receive this set of projects for their birthday or to congratulate them for a recent epic ride!

Greeting Card…

What a sentiment! Isn’t it great! It makes me smile every time I read it.

For the base card I have used Basic Black cardstock and stamped one of the foliage images in Whisper White along the bottom edge. I have then layered a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock which also has some foliage stamped across it. The cyclist is heat embossed in Black Stampin’ Emboss Powder and cut out using the 2.25” circle punch. The same punch is also used to cut a piece of Basic Black cardstock and then I’ve layered a 2” piece of Whisper White cardstock with the sentiment stamped in Cherry Cobbler. Final touches were added with Silver Metallic Thread and Black Faceted Dots.

Gift Box…

We all like to make our gifts look special and the range of Stampin’ Up! gift bags and boxes are great for doing just that. All you need to do is decorate them.

In this case I have used Cherry Cobbler ribbon and wrapped it around the Silver Mini Gable Box three times before tying a bow. I really think this adds a little bit of extra impact than simply wrapping it around once and tying. I have punched a 2.25” Basic Black circle, a Cherry Cobbler Starburst and a 2” Whisper White circle and layered them up. The image and sentiment are stamped in Cherry Cobbler. Again, final touches are added with Silver Metallic Thread and Black Faceted Dots.

Gift Tag…

I love them! But you know that by now. Why let your gift-giving down with a boring gift tag when they are so simple and fun to make?

The main tag is Basic Black cardstock with stripes of Cherry Cobbler cardstock across it and I’ve used the Scalloped Tag Topper punch. Basic Black Solid Baker’s Twine is threaded through the top of the tag to allow it to be attached to the gift. I have punched a 2.25” Basic Black circle and a 2” Whisper White circle and stamped the image and sentiment in Cherry Cobbler. Final touches were added with Silver Metallic Thread and Black Faceted Dots to tie all of the projects together.

If you’d like to recreate any of these projects, the supply list can be found below. Simply click on a link to go directly to my online shop. If there’s anything you are not sure of, let me know and I can do a video tutorial.

Next Time…

I hope you’ll join me again next week to look at more projects using the Enjoy Life Stamp Set. Until then, if you have any questions, feel free to email me at helen@papercraftlife.com or message me via my Facebook page Helen Chapman Handmade Crafts.

Project Supplies…

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Embossing Stamped Images

This is a technique which often gets overlooked. We often stamp or emboss but rarely combine the two. I was inspired to revisit this technique by Ann Craig, a fellow Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator who posted an image of a beautiful card on her Facebook page (@ann.craig.stampinup).

I wondered how different the results would be depending on whether you stamped and then embossed or vice versa. So I created a simplified version of Ann’s card to test it out!

Stamp then emboss…

I have used Sahara Sand and Early Espresso cardstock and Early Espresso ink. The layers are created using the Stitched Rectangle dies and I have used the Subtle 3D embossing folder to give a textured, almost linen look. For the first card I stamped the image before embossing.

Emboss then stamp…

For the second card I have simply embossed the cardstock before stamping the image but everything else is the same as the first example. This gives a more distressed look as the ink doesn’t meet the cardstock in the debossed areas. I used an Aqua Painter to add some shading to the image in this case. I’m really pleased with both versions of this card and can’t wait to step it up with more water-colouring of the image and some ribbon to embellish.

Get more from your embossing folders!

Have you got embossing folders in your stash that you could try this technique with? Or perhaps you could emboss some Designer Series Paper rather than a stamped image for another different look? Don’t forget you can also use the letterpress technique by inking up your embossing folders. Let me know if you’d like me to cover this in a future post. They really are such versatile products, make sure you are making the most of yours!

Product list…

The list of products that I have used for these products is below. The only exception is the Free As A Bird stamp set which is coming soon! Simply click on the links to head straight to my online shop.

The will also be a video tutorial for these cards on my You Tube channel soon!

Bye for now!

If you have any questions, feel free to comment or you can email me at helen@papercraftlife.com

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