Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Learn This New Hack - You Can Stack and Whack Any Of Stampin' Up!s Designer Series Papers to Create a Faux Quilting Techique for your Christmas Cards This Year

Do you happen to sew? Do you make Quilts? If you have done either of these, then this card design will be a "piece of cake" for you to create multiples of. You can make groups of 4 cards with each attempt.

The Stack and Whack technique is easy. Only 3 cuts will be made.
Cut out 4 matching pieces of Designer Series Paper 3-3/4" x 5".
Stack them on top of each other and place in your Paper Trimmer. 
With firm pressure on the blade, make your first cut. Set aside the first set of pieces still in their stack.
Keeping the remaining stack neatly together, rotate and make your second cut. Set those aside still in their stack.
Continuing to keep the remaining stack neatly together, rotate and make your third cut. Set both of the remaining stacks aside.

Now arrange your stacks back together with the top layer being the same original starting piece of paper.

With your stacks arranged to begin "quilting" start in the upper left corner of the pattern diagram above.

Start with stacked piece #1 and "deal" like you would with a deck of cards, through that stack of four papers, placing each piece in the positions shown in the other three diagrams moving clockwise around. 

Repeat with each numbered stack until the four different card fronts match the above diagram. 

I suggest to use little pieces of scotch tape to assemble each mini quilt layer on the reverse side. 

With the Stitchery stamp set, mount the Zig-Zag stamp and do your best to stamp the "stitching" on top of your pieced seams in an ink color that matches your paper.

After the stitching stamping is finished then adhere to the 4" x 5-1/4" cardstock layer. 

After those two layers are together, then it is time to wrap your choice of ribbon around and secure with scotch tape on the reverse. 

Then secure the double layer to the card front with adhesive.

Select your choice of tag, stamp, ink and either die cut or punch out. Attach to the card front with Dimensionals. Embellish as desired.

Finally decorate your envelope flap with matching paper and cut 2-3/8" x 6". Adhere and trim off excess.

The following products are retired:
You may be able to purchase them from Ebay or Etsy

Seaside Spray cardstock
Seaside Spray Classic Ink
Feels Like Frost 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper
145372 Stitched Shapes Framelits
144213 Metallic Edge Ribbon
156449 Encircled in Warmth Stamp Set
159396 Rhinestone Waves Basic Jewels


Another color combination I tried out before I settled on the one above. 
This card was not used in my Christmas in July card class, but it is still a fun one to see what different papers might look like.

The following products are retired:
You may be able to purchase them from Ebay or Etsy

153512 Snowflake Splendor Designer Series Paper
159396 Rhinestone Waves Basic Jewels
153548 Snowflake Splendor 1/4" Ribbon

I'd love to hear if you give this Stack and Whack technique a try. It's so fun! Leave me a comment if you plan to make some.

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