Sunday, May 29, 2011

Blinging up the Border Bling!

Hello! I hope you are having a great holiday weekend! Have some fun stuff to share with your for my new "Border Bling" , I really wish I'd had more time to experiment with the set before our party and the hop devoted to it on Friday, but you can bet I will have a lot of things like this to come! I am more excited than ever about this set now that I had a little stamp time yesterday to play with more possibilities. As you can see on the "Border Bling" page, it is a perfect match for Labels 1, 4, 9, and 14 and the Oval Nestabilities sets. But I know there are a LOT of other when you next them into larger shapes or use them as borders around other shaped die cuts, the tiny elements inside are what do the trick. I believe thy will also fit Labels 5, 18 and 21 very nicely, but I don't have those dies in hand yet to say for sure. If you happen to have them or another die you find that works, I would love to know, please share with us! :)
First I stamped the flourish above and below the border that matches Labels 1. Isn't it pretty what that adds?
This is exactly the same but turned sideways, another great look!
And here I have stamped the flourish again on either side. Love how fancy!
Now I am adding the smaller oval to the inside. When you stamp all the borders, notice how they have larger bling in the middle on each side. Line these up over the lines on your block when adhering, and then when you stamp, position the lines of the block so they are intersecting with the border already stamped, then you know it will be centered and straight. See how the white lines on the block go right through the dots on the label on stamp?
The fun thing about oval border, since they are oblong, they look so different when they are positioned vertically or horizontally, and give you lots of flexibility with all the sentiments stamps whether they are formatted more vertically or horizontally.
When I started stamping this I was going for a fancy looking medallion, something like a Label 16 that I could just cut around the borders with scissors (which works very well, as I will show you in an upcoming post!) but I noticed how this would also look great in a round die! Yeah!!
And here I've added some of the Silver Liquid Pearls to select dots, keeping it symmetrical by embellishing the same ones on each side. Oh, I almost forgot, did you notice?! See how I also stamped the little curved element and corner images from the set into the Labels One border around the oval, how's that for blinged up?! Fancy fancy! Remember, if you are going to cut this out, with scissors or a die, be sure to wait to add the pearls, they will NOT go through your machine LOL! I got a little excited about my tutorial and the fun of adding the pearls I wasn't thinking, hee hee! (I did manage to cut around it, but had to give it plenty of time to dry and be super careful snipping around those pearls on the ends...)
Whether you're a pro or novice with the Liquid Pearls, for best results I think you'll be happiest with stamping with an ink that is a very close match to your liquid Pearls color so that if you are a teensy bit off or don't get the dot filled completely it will be less obvious. Also, if you don't plan to cover every dot the uncovered stamped dots will blend more with the dimensional pearls in your design. Having said that, tough, I definitely plan to do some "Border Bling" designs using multiple colors!
I liked that circle idea so much I had to try the same design on black with the White Opal Liquid Pearls! Another tip: my white craft ink pad is to dry right now to leave a good impression for a guide for the pearls without re-inking so I tried stamping it with Versamark instead and embossing it with white EP. What I found is that the Liquid Pearls want to slide off the slippery embossed dots, so I don't recommend doing that if you can use an ink (that will be flat and dry instead!), just a heads up! This still looks okay to use on a card, but isn't perfect like the gray one above...
Okay, more to come! I am too busy trying different things and coming up with more tips for you to finish my card with it just now! ;) TTYS!

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ooo so very pretty! I was looking at this set and know after viewing your tutorial it's a must have.

Ter ;)

Vicki Dutcher said...

Love the usage of these stamps -- great tutorial -- I am looking forward to what else you do~

Donna Phelan said...

You are so clever! And generous to share with us! Thanks!

Debbie Rogers said...

Wow...love the great ideas Mel. Thanks for taking the time to show us!

Donna said...

Beautiful, Melanie! Love it!

Patti J said...

Beautiful, Melanie! Great stamps! The first project reminds me of an old sewing craft I used to do - darned if I can remember what it was called, but the work was done on muslin, and you created french knots where all the dots were....sigh....Anyway, love these!!! Can't wait to see more :) Have a nice weekend!

Shari said...

What a great way to use these. Love what you did with them. Thanks

Kary said...

Such Great ideas!! Looks so much fun. I have to think about getting some liquid pearls... ;)

Kay said...

Love the tutorial it's great to get some tips, lovely card

Anita said...

What a cool idea! So pretty!

Janeen said...

great tutorials and who knows better than the designer. thx.

Tina Gilliland said...

WOW!!! Loving it!!!! Great adding on!

Payne Holler Cards said...

i will be getting this set! this is awesome...looking forward to your tips!
beautiful cards!!!

Dani's Blogs... said...

I love shine and sparkle... looks like I have to add this set to my wishlist. Thanks for the great ideas! Very nice!

naneruth said...

This is a wonderful tutorial on this stamp set! That just made it a definite have to get for sure now.

scrapdiva77 said...

Thanks for the great tutorial. I can't wait for minr to get here. This is an awesome set.

pamselinski said...

well I didn't purchase this set but now I have too. Your creation is awesome and thanks so much for the tutorial. Gotta go and shop.