Monday, January 11, 2010

Square Pegs Tip Sheet

Here are just a few tips to get you started on "Square Pegs" once your set arrives, I know I have more ideas for these images than I have listed here, but just haven't had time to get them all added and I didn't want to delay putting this up (plus there'll be more surprises when you see me do some unexpected things with them on the blog!) ;)

Square Pegs is a set that instantly gives a stamper images and greetings for the full year of holidays. The mix of bold and line art images allows for any stamping technique, so whether you want to color, stamp something quick with bold color, or do favorite techniques like kissing, it's all here. The images can be used in an elemental way to create a scene or larger image, or used separately, making a smaller focal point, just punch and go. They also make adorable themed stamped backgrounds. This is a perfect stand alone, but an absolutely essential add-on to Hip to Be Square! You will love framing all these new images and all the extended options this set will give you!

Cutting tips: The images have been lined up over a sentiment that naturally coordinates with it, you can leave these together when you cut to save time or trim them apart when you want to mix and match.

The small words are perfect on little tags, fit almost any small punch, and are perfect stamped into a little corner where you need a little something or make a statement but don't want to add a large greeting. The clean classic font works well on all cards, and matches "Hip to Be Square" so have fun mixing these sentiments together!

Heart: fits the Scalloped Marvy heart punch(yellow) leaving a nice border all around.

Leaf: make quick patterned backgrounds. Try tracing over the veins with a darker color before stamping or rolling the edges to create dimension and Fall colors.

Balloon: Pop up and cord, string or curling wire for the end. Or just doodle your own!

Kiss patterns onto the heart before stamping or try rolling the bottom edge in a deeper color to create dimension.

Ovals: the ovals match to use as two steps, use separately, or fill in your outline with the solid stamp. stamp the outline first and then peek under to easily fill with the bold oval. Fun for creating colored eggs and faces and bodies for your animals.

Decorative bands: this fit across the ovals to make decorated eggs, but they also can be stamped onto the balloon and heart. kiss them directly onto the stamp or stamp as a second step.

The ones without the round ends can also be stamped in a row to create a patterned border.

Bunny and bear: Fun for Easter, Spring, kids and baby cards. The little face can make bears or bunnies. Stamp the face into the oval in the set, or the circle in "Hip to Be Square" to make rounder faces, or just stamp and punch. Punch out just the nose and mouth with a smaller circle and pop up onto the face to add dimension.

The ears are nicely spaced as is, but cutting them apart gives you the option of having ears perked or wide, and in the bunny's case both ears up, down, etc your choice. Stamp them upside down for drooping ears!

Stamp the ears separately in a circle like petals and add a button or circle punch to the middle to make small or large flowers.

Cut out the end of the flopping ear to use as paws.

Separate the whiskers if you want them wider on your bunny.
Stamp one side of the whiskers vertically repeatedly to make little tufts of grass to complete your scene and ground your images.

Flower: Fits the Marvy (yellow) flower punch.

Cupcake: Stamp the cupcake twice and pop up the top to add dimension to the icing. Cover with Crystal Lacquer for shine. Paper piece the top or bottom for a patterned cupcake or liner.

Stamp the hearts on top for sprinkles. Add candle for a birthday!

Tree: Embellish the stars with rhinestones etc.

Stamp in a row to make a border, then flip the cardstock and stamp the trees again into the triangular spaces in between for a cool geometric or quilt block effect.

Cut out five trees and arrange to create a star, or 6 to make a snowflake for a stunning holiday focal point!

XO block: stamp this out in rows to make hugs and kisses backgrounds or borders. Punch it out with a square punch and pop up or stamp into the Hip to Be Square panes. This image makes a nice spotlight/background for your images when you stamp one over it.

You can also use it to create patterns onto the bold images like balloon or flower "kissing" the x and o's onto them before stamping.

Button: Fits 1 1/4" circle punch perfectly, or use a 1 3/4" to leave a border or create a mat for it.

Kiss patterns onto the inked button before stamping for a decorated button.

Punch out with various size circle punches and pop up for buttons of different sizes in any color.

Stamp onto DP to look like a printed or fabric button.

Emboss for shine and smooth texture to make it look even more realistic.

Punch through the holes with a Cropodile to complete the illusion. String through thread or tie hemp knots.

More to come! :)


  1. Great tips Melanie. :o) This looks like such a fun stamp set :o)

  2. Love this set Melanie! :) And thanks for the tip sheets, now I can really start playing with the set!


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