Monday, October 5, 2009

10/5 Thanksgiving

Stamping 411 puts forth a sketch challenge once a week and I absolutely LOVE them. The sketches help you put together quick cards and they are NICE sketches to work with. I want to encourage you to try it out and I'm sure the operators would be thrilled to see your cards, too!
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I decided to make a Thanksgiving card with the stamp set called Autumn Days. The base of my card is made from Creamy Caramel. The scalloped panel is Always Artichoke and the designer series paper is from the pack called Autumn Traditions. My image panel is made from Whisper White. I stamped the wheat in Creamy Caramel using a few second generation images to create depth. I put a strip of Always Artichoke along the bottom edge of the panel and stamped the pheasant with Soft Suede. The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes (LOVE that set!) and it is stamped with Soft Suede on Creamy Caramel and then punched out with the Word Window Punch. A little bit of Kraft Taffeta Ribbon finished it off and then I put the panel onto the card with dimensionals.

Stamps: Autumn Days (115452), Teeny Tiny Wishes (115370)
Paper: Creamy Caramel (102514), Always Artichoke (105119), Whisper White (100730)
Ink: Creamy Caramel (103220), Soft Suede (115657)
Acccessories: Word Window Punch (105090), Scallop Edge Punch (112091), Kraft Taffeta Ribbon (109068), Dimensionals (104430)
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I wanted to take a minute and show you a quick tutorial using my favorite adhesive: Tombow Mono Multi. The reason I love my glue is because it gives me just a second or two of "wiggle room" so that I can make sure everything is nice and centered. I also love it because it remains flexible forever so your cards never have that "cracking, glue-like feel" to them. And, the last reason I love it so much is because one bottle lasts a long, long time because you need such a small amount. In fact, the number one reason people get frustrated with glue is because they use too much. I took a couple of pictures to show you how very little is needed.

It's true . . . this is really all you need!! I give my customers all kinds of adhesive options when they come to my house, and probably 90% of them prefer glue - once they've learned how easy it is to use.
I've also included a picture of how I store the glue while I use it. I really don't want to have to fiddle with the cap every time I need to use my glue so while I am working on a project, I keep the glue upside down in a small glass container with the cap off. Not very much glue leaks out and I've actually been known to just throw the cap away and simply store my glue upside down like this until it is gone. (I keep a stick pin handy if the tip gets dry.) When I have my customers over, each table gets a container like this with the glue in it upside down and ready to be used at a moments notice. When the bottom of the container gets a little sticky, I just wash it up in the dishwasher and it's all sparkly clean and ready for the next go-round.

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8 comments:

Selene Kempton said...

I've seen you use this pheasant before and I just love the way you use him.. Beautiful work as always Kay!

LeAnne said...

Nice card, I love that sketch! Thanks for the tip about the glue....I have recently decided that I like this glue. At first, too much always came out and got all over my work (and me!) but now that I know how to regulate how much to squeeze, it has become one of my favorites too! And I like the smell! I have not used it at my workshops/camps yet....I guess now that I see how you've done it, I'll try it out! Thanks!

Tiffany Bauer said...

WOW!! I love your card and how you used this stamp set. It is not one of my fav stamp sets but I do LOVE how you used it here!! I just might need to get that set out and ink it up!!
Thanks for the great tip on this glue!! Always love to hear what others use and why!!

Patti Chesky said...

Kay, this card is stunning....perfect for the season. Thanks for the glue tips.

Corrine Ann said...

I too like Tombow glue but I must admit that I still use too much of it. So, after seeing your picture and how much you used on your card, I am definetly going to try and use much less of it. In the beginning of my card making, I used the glue runners and eventually it seemed the layers would come apart so think that is why I tend to use too much of the glue. Your pheasant card was very nice and I think this would also work for a man's birthday card. I have hunters in my family and also hunter friends so guess that is why I am thinking that way. Great work!

stamperbeth said...

Beautiful card! So nice and clean looking. This has to be my favorite card using the pheasant that I've seen.

Robin Merriman said...

Gorgeous, Kay! Love the clean and simple look here. And thanks for the tips on the Tombow - it really is a great glue!

Judi Carpenter said...

This is one of my current favorite stamp sets, Kay, and I love what you've done with it. Also like your suggestions for using Tombo Multi-Purpose Glue! Thanks!