My Favorite Tool for the Ink & Inspiration Blog Hop

My Favorite Tool for the Ink & Inspiration Blog Hop

Hello stampers!  Today I'm participating in another great blog hop with the Ink & Inspiration gang...we're sharing what our favorite stamping tool is!  I didn't have to think very long about what tool I would feature...if you follow my blog, you'll find that it's something I use on a huge percentage of my projects!

If you guessed my favorite tool is the Big Shot, you would be 100% correct!  Want to know a secret?  When I was at the Stampin' Up! convention where the Big Shot was unveiled, I turned to my friend and asked, "What's the big deal?  I don't get it?"  She laughed at me and told me I was going to love it, and wouldn't be able to imagine life without it before I knew it.  You know what?  She was absolutely right!  Using framelits with the Big Shot allows us to cut out stamped images (if you hate to fussy cut, you'll appreciate this!) and thinlits are used to cut out gorgeous, intricate designs.  And then there are embossing folders...holy texture, Batman!  I love embossing folders for beautiful, textured backgrounds!  I absolutely can't imagine going back to my stamping life before the Big Shot.

Here's my project for today:

This card features the Oh So Eclectic bundle which includes the Oh So Eclectic stamp set and coordinating Eclectic Layers thinlits dies.  It's perfect for showing off just what can be done with the Big Shot!  I'm happy to say that these products WILL be returning in next year's catalog, but not at the bundled price so add them to your collection before the end of May to receive the 10% discount.

I started by cutting the background image from a piece of Soft Sky cardstock.  I stamped the solid flower image (Basic Black and Melon Mambo inks), the flower center (Basic Black and Daffodil Delight inks) and one of the patterned branches (Pear Pizzazz ink) onto Whisper White cardstock and used the coordinating dies to cut them out.  I also stamped the patterned branch twice onto Pear Pizzazz cardstock with Pear Pizzazz ink and cut them with the die.  Finally, I cut the outlined flower with another thinlit found in this set.  I layered all the pieces onto the card front with mini glue dots (adding a twist of gold thread behind the solid flower before attaching it.  To add a little more sparkle, I used a fine-tip glue pen to add some gold glitter flakes to the center of the other flower.

I made a little boo-boo when I stamped my was crooked, so I stamped it again onto a scrap of the Soft Sky cardstock and cut it out with one of the Stitched Shapes framelits.  I actually ended up liking it better this way because it added another little touch of texture.

To finish it up, I gave it a good splattering of Wink of Stella, then layered the card front to the Smoky Slate card base using Stampin' Dimensionals.

Have you invested in the Big Shot yet?  It might be a little intimidating because it is not an inexpensive tool, but just look at it as an investment that will save you time while it helps you create beautiful layers and textures that you just can't achieve without it.

Thank you for stopping sure to click on each link below to visit all the demonstrators participating in our hop this month!






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