HSS Technique Challenge 3- HSSTC3

Good Morning Stampers, and my apologies for the delay in my post this morning- the last several days have been interesting… but any way, on to the topic at hand- STAMPING!!! I am so excited about the project I have to show today, like usual I have been concocting this one in my head for a little while and today I finally get to share it and best of all I get to do it as part of our Hand Stamped Sentiments Technique ChallengeHSSTC3Whoohoo!!!
I have a great stamping friend (Jeannette) that mentioned to me a few months ago that she needed something to keep in her bag that was hard (to stand up to the inside of a purse) and had sticky notes or something in it to take and jot down notes in…I immediately thought of this project. I have been meaning for almost over a year now to make a slew of these for my craft fairs and such, but time never seemed to be on my side…until now.

To start at the beginning, I embellished the front of the note tin using the Emboss Resist technique. I used a large piece of Whisper White card stock and stamped floral images in no particular patter around the card stock, I used the Fifth Ave. Floral stamp set– LOVE THIS SET!! I also stamped the word NOTES in the center using the Jumbo Outline Alphabet stamp set. I stamped those images using VersaMark ink (great for embossing cause it is SUPER sticky) and clear embossing powder. Then using a sponge dauber and Classic Ink pads (So Saffron, Certainly Celery, and Taken with Teal) I rubbed in a circular motion around the embossed areas. Then I took a paper towel and buffed the images to remove the ink from the embossed areas- cool effect, huh?
Here is a tip for you though, I have found that using really deep or dark inks don’t seem to buff off the embossed areas as cleanly as the lighter inks do, see the word “NOTES” in the center…

Yep, another butterfly…can I just say that I love these Sweat Pea Stitched Felt embellishments!!! I combined two leaves together similarly to the way I did in last weeks project and created this adorable creature. Although this time my little friend has some SPARKLE!! I used the Circle Ice Rhinestone Brads to create this little guys body- so cute huh!! In a bit I will show you exactly how I made him…uhh, suspense. :)

I covered an adorable little pin that fits inside the container so you always have something to write with. You could always cover this with microbeads as well and then your pen would have a little SPARKLE as well…the pen is clipped onto the pocket inside the tin.

I covered this small note pad with a piece of coordinating Designer Series Paper, the note pad came in a pack of 3 together and it was slightly larger than the tin- so I trimmed about a 1″ to 1-1/4″ off the bottom, not too difficult, but if I was making several of these I would take them to Kinko’s or staples to have them cut them.

I finished out the inside flap of the tin with another piece of that same Designer Series Paper and then cut a smaller coordinating piece for the pocket, and adhered the pieces inside the tin. Super simple and WAY cute and TOTALLY functional!

Ok, some deets on how I did it… here is what I started with, and I know from the picture above you can’t tell that I reinforced the DSP piece with a larger piece of watercolor paper– this stuff is thick, textured and has a great weight to it. Then using sticky strip I attached the pocket to the larger piece of DSP that will finish the inside of my tin. I attached the larger piece of DSP inside using sticky strip as well. I used a small piece of DSP and more sticky strip to cover the pen also, and did the same for the flap at the top of the note pad- that sticky strip is sticky stuff!!

Once I had the two leaves in the position I wanted them I used my paper piercer to place a hole, carefully, in the center where i would put my first brad. I used this brad to hold the creature together.

This is a great tip too- I over-extended the prongs so that it would give the wings a bit of a lift and would appear as if it was coming off the page.

Then I made the second hole for the lower brad, again carefully with my paper piercer

Then I placed the piercer straight into the card stock where I wanted my butterfly to stay. Under the card stock is my foam mat from my Mat Pack. Then I removed the piercer and placed another brad into the felt leaves and through the paper as well to secure the object to the project. (can you see the blemish that this little guy covers up?)

I placed the third and final brad above his center brad, just through the card stock. I took my Old Olive Marvelous Marker and using the fine tip end I drew on the little antenna for this guy.

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