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Postage Stamp {thanks}

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With the end of the 2010-2011 Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog year in two days, I thought I'd share a card that combines a retiring stamp set with a stamp set available in the Summer Mini Catalog (and will also be available in the new 2011-2012 Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog).

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This card begins with a base of Sahara Sand cardstock.  The bottom third of the card front was embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions embossing folder and the Big Shot.  A piece of Poppy Parade 1/2" Polytwill ribbon was wrapped around the cardfront and knotted.  A Mini Glue Dot was placed behind the ribbon knot to hold it in place on the card front just above the top row of embossed polka dots.

Now for the focal point.  Let me start by saying I love medallion stamps.  They are so versatile and can be used in so many ways; as a focal point, as a background stamp, as part of a collage, etc.  The medallion stamp used for this card comes from the Level 2 Hostess stamp set, Cute By The Inch.  It was stamped three times on Not Quite Navy cardstock using Not Quite Navy ink.  Then each image was punched out with the Postage Stamp punch.  You can see another use of this stamp here.  [Note:  The only way to get this stamp set is to earn it by placing a qualifying order or by Hostessing a Stampin' Up! workshop before 11:50 p.m. on June 30th.  Scheduling a workshop may be problematic at this late date; however, there's still time to round up some friends to place orders with you.  You can contact me to submit the orders for you OR you can order it all yourself through my Stampin' Up! online store front.  Just click on the Shop Online button near the top left corner of my blog page and then click the Shop Now hotlink near the lower right corner of my Stampin' Up! web page.  If you have any questions, be sure to contact me.]

The stamp set used for the "{thanks}" image is Pretty Postage.  This stamp set is available in the Summer Mini Catalog and will also be available in the 2011-2012 Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog.  This image was stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Sahara Sand ink and again on another piece of Whisper White cardstock using Not Quite Navy ink.  The Whisper White cardstock with the Sahara Sand stamped image was cut to a 1" square and adhered, centered, to a piece of Poppy Parade cardstock punched with the Postage Stamp punch.  One of the "{thanks}" images stamped with Not Quite Navy ink was cut out and adhered over the middle Sahara Sand "{thanks}" with Stampin' Dimensionals.

This is the first time I've used the new Postage Stamp punch and I was tickled to discover that you can put the edges together to form a design that looks like the postage stamp sheets of old (before self-adhesive stamps).  It sure made lining up the blocks very easy!  Once the punched blocks were lined up, they were adhered to a piece of Whisper White cardstock matted with a piece of Poppy Parade cardstock.  The finished focal point was adhered near the upper left corner of the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  A piece of Not Quite Navy cardstock was punched with the Postage Stamp punch and adhered near the upper center of the Whisper White cardstock.  A scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock was stamped with the "{thanks}" image using Poppy Parade ink and cut to a 1" square.  This piece was adhered, centered, to the Postage Stamp-punched Not Quite Navy cardstock.

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A "negative" piece of cardstock punched with the Postage Stamp punch was placed near the lower left corner of a Medium Whisper White envelope.  Sahara Sand ink was sponged inside the "negative" and then Poppy Parade ink was sponge around the edges of the "negative."  The "negative" was removed from the envelope and the "{thanks}" image was stamped at the center of the sponged postage stamp using Not Quite Navy ink.

This card was one that I made for Thank You's to my SASS Stamp Club members for their May orders.  It was super quick and easy to make in assembly line fashion.  If the medallion stamp weren't retiring on June 30th, I'd be tempted to use this card for my Stampin' Up! Convention swaps.  With two weeks to go until Convention and the final Space Shuttle launch to support (scheduled for July 8th at 11:26 a.m. Eastern), I suppose I should get cracking on those swaps...

Don't forget, today and tomorrow (June 29-30) are the final days to order from the 2010-2011 Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog.  The lists of retiring stamp sets, accessories, and Definitely Decorative items are available with just a click on the icons on the left sidebar of this blog page.  Some things are discounted up to 40%, so be sure to take a look before they're gone forever.

The 2011-2012 Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog will debut on Friday, July 1st.  If you'd like to receive a catalog, just contact me to find out how you can get your catalog for FREE!  (Regular price is $9.95 plus Shipping & Handling and Tax.)

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Cute By The Inch, Pretty Postage; Inks:  Not Quite Navy, Poppy Parade, Sahara Sand; Cardstock:  Not Quite Navy, Poppy Parade, Sahara Sand, Whisper White; Embellishments:  Poppy Parade 1/2" Polytwill ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Sponge, Postage Stamp punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Multi-Purpose Platform, Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions embossing folder; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope

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Adriana

Great color combo!

Sue

Very cute card!

Yapha

Super cute card! Love the postage stamp punch and the partial embossing.

Heidi Baks

Those look like 4th of July colors.

Cindy E.

Love cards that can be mass-produced, and this is *fabulous*!

Holly/Rubber Redneck

Very cute! I love quick and easy!!!

Sara Mattson-Blume

How perfect for that punch!

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