Saturday, February 13, 2010

Gingersnap Creations Valentine Blog Hop!!!

 
Welcome to the Gingersnap Creations’ Valentine Blog Hop and Hop Stop #4!

If you’ve already been hopping then hopefully you have just come from Debby at Debby's Stuff. If you are starting here, welcome! It's a loop so you can start anywhere along the way!

At each stop, you will need to collect a word. There are 9 stops in all starting and ending with the Gingersnap Creations blog where you can get all the specific information and get a peak at the the goodies in the Valentine Giveaway, including some treats from The Artistic Stamper.

So, if you visit all the stops, you should end up right back at Gingersnap Creations with 9 words. When you get all your words, unscramble them to form a quotation about love. Once you have your guess at the quote, email it and your name to gingersnapstamp@gmail.com by February 20, 2010. We will be picking one lucky winner at random from the correct entries to win the Valentine Giveaway package! That's all there is to it!

If you get lost along the way, you can see the entire route at Gingersnap Creations.

My word is "everyone".

Your next stop on the hop is Joanne at Made by Joanne.

But before you go...... let me fill you in on my Valentine for today.  All of the stamps are from The Artistic Stamper.   The fabulous lady and the heart and sentiment sets can be found HERE.  I've also used some of their great small-scale Design Essentials background stamps (dots and houndstooth) to give some pattern to the hearts.  I colored my little lady with Copics, added a little glitter (which of course doesn't show up in the photo!) and cut her out.  I also cut out my stamped hearts.  Since one of the current challenges at Gingersnap Creations is to use lace and/or fibers, I tucked some blue lace trim in around the images and under the scalloped paper panel.  

For the background, I used a paper piercing template that I found online at Etsy's Every Thing Creative shop. 
I downloaded the file, then printed it out on heavy vellum cardstock (you can find some good quality vellum cardstock at Papertrey Ink and Stampin' Up).  I printed it on vellum so that I would be able to see exactly where I was placing the pattern on my paper.  
Once I aligned the pattern using the blue centering lines on the download, I stuck it to my paper with post-it notes so that it wouldn't shift while I was piercing.  I put the paper and template on top of a piece of plastic foam packaging (I got it out of one of my Close to My Heart stamp sets), and placed all of that on a self-healing mat.  Then I just pierced the part of the design that I wanted, to cover the upper portion of my background paper. 

Here's a picture of the final pierced background, before I added the images on top.

And that's it!  Easy peasy.  Don't forget to keep hopping and head on to Joanne's blog at Made by Joanne. AND, don't forget about the Gingersnap Creations Design Team Call.  Aaahh, so much crafting goodness happening!  Have fun and good luck! 

33 comments:

Claireabelle said...

Gorgeous card!
x

Shar said...

Fab card and I love the tutorial! Guess we liked the same lady! Isn't she great?

Helen said...

I love that background with the piercing, great idea.

Helen said...

I love that background with the piercing, great idea.

elina said...

this is so great! i had never thought of using those templates just for hole poking for my design!! tfs!

Claire said...

Fab card and love the tutorial
Thanks
Claire xx

Lynn Stevens said...

Awesome, I love how you added the two hearts in her hands and fun tutorial too. Great work!

Sid said...

Fab card, love the hearts !

joanne wardle said...

So clever how you combined the lady with the hearts. great card

Ang C said...

A stunning card

Vicky said...

Hello Jean,
I am a passionate stamper and since finding blogland it's open the door for me in so many way's... I have alway's enjoyed stamping and in my little world am venturing in so many direction's from the wonderful versitility of stamp's... and enjoying seeing other's wonderful creative work...
I really enjoyed visiting you and seeing your take on the stamp's, your paper piercing is truly wonderful and the added pic's are a true bonus...I love visiting blog's but sometimes leave wondering how did they do that...so thank you for the step by step's...

I have become lazy with nesti's and other element's and sort of lost my own style, recently I had to just sit down and do some good old paper crafting...well worth the effort...and more rewarding I think...
x
Vicky

Artyjen said...

Love the vintage feel to your card...the paper piercing template is a fab idea...thanks for sharing :)
xoxo

Lyneen said...

Fabulous card.... love the pierced background!!!!TFS

Lil Sis said...

She is stunning love the paper piercing.
Beccy x

Ali Manning said...

Super card, Jean and the piercing if fabulous!

beadz said...

Very cool background - thanks for showing the template.
hugs,
Gini

JPScraps said...

Awesome card. The image & coloring are perfection. And the background...wow. I have to try that!

Julie Ranae said...

I totally love how you used that circular background for this card. It really makes a statement and adds texture.

I am also in love with these Roaring 20's ladies. It's been really fun to work in conjunction with your team for the weekly challenges.

Kris Dickinson said...

So beautiful! The bg is amazing!

Christine said...

Beautiful card! I love those 1920s ladies. Your paper piercing adds the perfect detail!

Blessings,
Christine

Ellen said...

what a great effect that piercing gives.
gorgeous card

michele hileman said...

Very beautiful I just love it.

Sarah Anderson said...

such a beautiful card, love how the lady is standing between the hearts, and the paper piercing really creates a great effect

Gloria Westerman said...

Thank you for showing us how you pierce your background....I will have to do that...and your card is gorgeous.....

2amscrapper said...

love that image standing in front of the paper piercing

Gerrie Johnnic said...

Great card, great tut, and I am luvin' your piercing (hmmm, now that I typed that, ya' wanna tell us where it is!) lol, sorry...I couldn't help myself here...Valentine hugz, and I love your pierced card!

Rachel said...

I love the way each step is fairly simple, but together you have this beautiful, complex card that is totally stunning.

JaNs ArTy AtC JouRneY said...

Fabby tute and card! Love the background effect!

Diana said...

Great card and the piercing in the background is great. I need to try a little of that.

Thanks

Jackie B said...

That is a great card. I love the design you did with the holes in the background. I've never seen that before. Jackie B

kirsticoo said...

Very elegant and a great use of the stitching templates...xoxo

penny4thoughts said...

Great idea for a background!

Jennie said...

Jean, this is such fun blog hopping , and to see such wonderful work too...loving your card :)