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CTMH September SOTM Blog Hop & Tutorial

By Helen | August 31, 2013

Subway style quotes or posters are being seen all over the place…and with the CTMH September SOTM, putting a quote on a card, layout, bag, or…wherever you’d like is super easy!

I was drawn to the winter one and opted to go with something in jewel tones.  Some clear embossing, masking to add color, metallic edging and a twist wrap this all up…now to decide from all the gorgeous sentiments as to what to put inside…or maybe a family photo!

Here’s a detail shot so you can see the embossing a bit better…it shows up a lot more when you have it in your hands.

Grab a cup of your favorite beverage…or a tall cool drink if you’re in the sweltering heat…sit back and be inspired by all the projects everyone has come up with.  Follow the hop to get LOT of ideas that YOU can take and duplicate with this wonderful stamp set. If you arrived here from Lucy’s blog you’re on the right path.

Materials Used:

Tutorial follows…

For those that want to skip the tutorial “hop” on over to see what {Michelle} has created. 

If you get lost along the way…here’s the complete list of all hoppers.


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September Stamp of the Month: Poster Tidings

Did you know that CTMH puts up the instructions to create the artwork shown below (the same that’s shown in the Idea Book for the SOTM)?  Yep!  You’ll find the information on my website under Promotions.  The instructions will be available there through September 2014!

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Cut a 7″ x 10″ piece of White Daisy cardstock and fold to create a side-fold card base.

Cut a 7″ x 5″ and 3/8″ x 4″ piece of the Gypsy patterned paper.

Cut a 3.25″ x 6.5″ piece of the Multi-color Paisley patterned paper.

Cut a 2.75″  x 5.25″ piece of Black cardstock.

Using the Gold Metallics Marker, edge all patterned papers and the Black cardstock.  Tip: Put both arms against a table to help steady your hand…unless you want a more freeform, squiggle look…then, slide the edge of the marker along the papers.

Cut a 3″ x 5.5″ piece of White Daisy cardstock.

Tip: Take time to season your stamp first and test it out on a scrap before using it on your project.  For the stamp I used, I put it on a block, then rubbed the stamp over my arm.  You can also use the Rub & RemoveTM Eraser…but that take a little longer.

Stamp the sentiment using Versamark ink on the White Daisy cardstock.  Apply embossing powder, covering the entire image.  Tip: I have my embossing powder in a plastic container with a lid.  I can slide my cardstock, with the stamped image into the embossing powder, then shake off the excess.  Tip: Leaving a little extra cardstock on the edges helps with holding the cardstock while embossing…giving you a little wiggle room so you don’t get your finger in the image.

Using the Craft Heater, carefully heat the image until the embossing powder changes from a powdery look to a glossy look.  Tip: Keep the heat gun moving, and far enough away to prevent burning the cardstock.

Allow the embossed image to cool.

Using Crystal Blue ink, a Sponge Dauber and a piece of scrap paper, mask off a section of words as desired.  I had started with just the words Joy and Noel, then went back and added the smaller words above each of them.  Tip: After sponging, use a clean paper towel to gently wipe away any excess ink left on the embossing…being careful to not spread it onto other areas.

Using the Gold Metallics Marker, edge all patterned papers and the Black cardstock.  Tip: Put both arms against a table to help steady your hand…unless you want a more freeform, squiggle look…then, slide the edge of the marker along the papers.

Mount the sentiment on the Black cardstock.   Wrap the thin Gypsy patterned paper around the sentiment, securing on the back.
For the Twist Tie, cut a piece to wrap around the sentiment and secure to the back on the left, leaving the other end free..  Take a smaller piece, approx 2″ long, and tuck it under the free end, then secure the free end to the back.  Twist the ends together and angle cut the ends.
Add Aqua Dots as desired.  Now…all that’s left, is to add a sentiment or family photo to the inside and mail to your family and friends!

Now “hop” on over to see what {Michelle} has created.

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Topics: blog hop, Cards, Laughing Lola, Poster Tidings S1309 | 9 Comments »

9 Responses to “CTMH September SOTM Blog Hop & Tutorial”

  1. Adeline Brill Says:
    September 1st, 2013 at 10:02 am

    I thought of embossing the design and changed my mind – this looks fabulous!

  2. Sheila Bennett Says:
    September 1st, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Love how you embossed the sentiment, it looks very nice. Also love that you used bright colors. I used Laughing Lola for this stamp too. :)

  3. Judy Faye Garner Says:
    September 1st, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Thanks for sharing the technique!

  4. Wendy Coffman Says:
    September 1st, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Whoops! I meant to post that here…I love that bit of gold edging!

  5. Judy Says:
    September 1st, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Would not have ever thought Lola and Christmas, but I love this!

  6. Susan B Says:
    September 1st, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    Great Card! Love Laughing Lola paper with the sayings.

  7. Kathleen Androlewicz Says:
    September 2nd, 2013 at 1:12 am

    Helen, What a beautiful choice of papers and you are SO creative!! I love your idea for adding color!!

  8. Linda Pekrul Says:
    September 2nd, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Very pretty! Love the embossed look!

  9. Melinda Everitt Says:
    September 5th, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    What a beautiful technique on a beautiful card. Thanks for the tutorial.