Hinge-Step with the Stamparatus

Hinge-Step with the Stamparatus

Hello stampin' friends!  Sorry I missed last week...a couple of our kids surprised my husband with a camping trip for Father's Day so posting kinda got away from me.  We had a great time though!

I actually made a video to show today's card but I'm currently having issues downloading from my phone to my computer so that will have to wait for another day.  Or maybe I'll just go and do a live video on FaceBook....that would be quick and easy!  At any rate, I really want to show you how easy it is to use the Stamparatus to do this "hinge-step" technique.  If you've been studying your new catalog, a few of our new stamp sets include "hinge-step" in their description.  The Today's Tiles set is one of them.

Our Stamparatus is designed with plates that are removable and move on a hinge.  Since they are removable, it allows us to move them up or down on the hinge to evenly space a repeated stamp image.  To create the stamped background for this card, I set up one plate with the bold tile image, inked it in Bermuda Bay and stamped it, then moved the hinge down two places, and inked and stamped the image again, giving me four rows of tiles.  I repeated the process with the "filler" image and Bumblebee ink so that I ended up with four rows of two-tone tiles.  Using the Stamparatus for this really makes it sooooo easy!

This stamp set is bundled with a beautiful set of dies that perfectly fit all of the sentiments included--and will work well with many of the sentiments you'll find in this catalog!

While I had everything set on the Stamparatus, I thought it would be fun to play with other color combinations and I'm sharing a few of my favorites with you...

The combination on the left is Terra Cotta Tile as the bold image and Cinnamon Cider as the filler.  The difference isn't quite as striking because the colors are similar but it still makes a nice background combination.

The other combo really pops!  Those this one, I used Magenta Madness and Coastal Cabana...I love it!

Soft Sea Foam and Poppy Parade is one of my favorite color combinations and it didn't disappoint when I used them together for the background on the left.

I used Seaside Spray and Flirty Flamingo on the sample on the right.  In addition, I saw an example in the catalog where they used the images at a diagonal and thought I'd give it a try!  I wasn't able to figure out how to make it work with the Stamparatus (yet--I had limited time...I'll try again at some point!), so I did it on clear blocks the old fashioned way.  *smile*  It wasn't hard but it did take a little longer because each image had to be perfectly placed.  I like the effect though!

I LOVE the way this one came out!  Again, if you've been studying the catalog, you probably already figured out how you can get even more colors into your stamped tile image.  I wasn't paying enough attention, apparently, and it took me a little longer.  The trick is using Stampin' Spots to ink the squares...each square is the PERFECT size for inking with the spots!  There is a set of spots available in the catalog but if you're a Paper Pumpkin subscriber, you should have a pile of them!  For this one, I used Soft Suede for the bold image, then alternated Merry Merlot and Misty Moonlight for the filler.

So back to today's project... After stamping the background onto Whisper White cardstock, I trimmed it down and layered it onto a piece of Bumblebee cardstock, which I'd run through the Big Shot in the Tasteful Textile 3D embossing folder, before layering it onto a Bermuda Bay card base. The sentiment is stamped in Bermuda Bay and die cut with one of the dies from the Field Tiles die set (order the set and dies as a bundle using code #154074 and save 10%!).  The sentiment is layered with stamping dimensionals and then the card is finished with a 1/4" crinkled seam binding bow.

I used the following products on this project:


I'm always happy to answer any questions about the projects I share with you so let me know if I can help with anything!  As always, until next time...happy stampin'!

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