Friday, February 5, 2016

Neat & Tangled / My Sweet Petunia Collaboration



Hey everyone!  It's been a really exciting week over at Neat & Tangled.  We are teaming up with My Sweet Petunia, maker of the MISTI.  Not only are we showing off projects on the N&T blog, but we've taken over the My Sweet Petunia blog as well.

OK, I have a dirty little secret:  I am a horrible stamper.  Seriously, not good.  I can't stamp in a straight line let alone create a pattern that doesn't get all cattywompus (sp?) on me, and even when it comes to sentiments I'm forever stamping them crooked or I don't get an even inking.  I have wasted a good forest worth of paper on mess ups in my crafting career.

That's why I'm so enamored with the MISTI.  Not only does it allow you to do a lot of really great techniques, but it's a huge time saver and paper saver because it allows you to stamp correctly and re-stamp when you don't get it quite right.



One quick tip before we get to the card:  when I first got my MISTI (and I'm right handed), I was using it so that it opened like a book that you're reading.  I've since discovered that the opposite direction works best.  If you open the life left to right, it's easier to ink and more natural to shut, at least for me.

OK, so let's talk about the card.  I am a big fan of multi-step stamps.  I love the way they look, heck, I even designed a set for the N&T January release, but I've kind of stayed away from them because, as we established earlier, I am a horrible stamper.

So to really test out my MISTI, I pulled out my new Ornate Frames set and went to work.



The frame is all stamped in Memento Tuxedo black, but the first layer is second generation stamped.  Now when you do this you won't get a really even stamping, that's to be expected, especially with darker colors, but for this application, a kind of vintagey/antique frame, it works.



The second layer is stamped in first generation.  The MISTI made it super easy to line things up, and a tip on this stamp set is to center the frames using the middle opening.



Finally the last layer.  I actually stamped this three times, twice with the Memento to get a darker color, and then a third time with Versamark as I wanted to clear emboss that last layer to not only make it even darker, but to give it some extra shine/texture (sorry this photo is HORRIBLE, I almost didn't include it, but I wanted you to see the darker areas - this is before the embossing)



Here you can see the embossing powder on it.

The MISTI is also great with positioning.  Here I placed my frame (which I had die cut) on the card, then I was able to place my sentiment using the frame as a reference, especially helpful too since I didn't want to use the whole sentiment (from Be My Valentine) and needed to do some masking when I inked.



Once that was stamped, I added a bit of coloring to the stamped heart, popped the frame up (with two layers of foam tape) and placed a few of my Scored Shapes Dies in the center, also popped up (with one layer of foam tape)



I really can't say enough good things about my MISTI.  I would not be stamping multi-step images if I didn't have it!

Now you know that there are prizes involved when we collaborate, right?  This week's prizes are HUGE.  You can win your very own MISTI on the Neat & Tangled blog, just head over and leave comments on each of the posts this week.  AND if you go to the My Sweet Petunia blog and do the same thing, you'll be entered to win a $100 credit to the Neat & Tangled store!

Thanks for stopping by and have a GREAT weekend!

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17 comments:

  1. I have been looking at the MISTI ... but thinking the magnets on it might mess up the gear I wear ... so I haven't taken the plunge ...yet! LOL!! I loveeeeeeeee your card! GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!

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  2. I'm coming over from My Sweet Petunia to say: Miriam, your heart-in-a-frame card is absolutely gorgeous; that pop of red surrounded by the grey/black combination is striking! Thank you for showing us the MISTI, in action. I, too, am a terrible stamper (we won't discuss the number of mishaps I have, except to say I have an incredibly happy recycle bin), so the MISTI truly is calling my name! Thank you for sharing the collaboration of both these companies' products AND your creativity! You've started my Friday with a smile.
    ~carol

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  3. Wow this is amazing.. love the color combo and awesome stamping..

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  4. Beautiful card, I have
    this stamp and die set
    and I'll be trying this!
    Carla from Utah

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  5. Beautiful card, I have
    this stamp and die set
    and I'll be trying this!
    Carla from Utah

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  6. I am so with you about not being able to stamp a straight line or sentiment, so annoying and I have a hard time with layering stamps. You make it look so easy with the MISTI. Fabulous card, perfect for a guy!

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  7. Miriam, I totally love your work. You know how to think outside the box and it always works out well for you. Just beautiful!

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  8. BEAUTIFUL card Miriam!!!
    LOVE your ornate frame with the pretty layers, LOVE how you added the POP and dimension with the foam and cute red heart inside, a delightful design!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your INKY INSPIRATION and HONEST feeback about stamping and the MISTI ... I confess that I have been feeling like a crafty failure because my stamping is hardly ever even and I've been known to trim things back so that sentiments or images can look straight again => I have had a MISTI on my wishlist for a while now, hoping that I can get it sooner rather than later :)

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  9. Love the Ornate Frames set! Great card! And the MISTI sounds fabulous... hope to get one soon!

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  10. Gorgeous card and it is so interesting to get to see the step by step!
    Thank You, I've had my eyes on that mist ;)

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  11. Love your step by step instructions...they were very helpful. Also neat tip about the orientation at the beginning.

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  12. Definitely have the MISTI on my list. Great card!

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  13. Absolutely gorgeous! Love that stitched, dimensional heart, and you've highlighted it perfectly with that fabulous frame!

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  14. I bought my MISTI ages ago and only have been using as of recently. I cannot draw a straight line, let alone stamp it. This has helped me tremendously. I LOVE that frame. All those layers look amazing. Thank you for the step by step!!

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  15. Love this look and I totally agree on the multi stamping layers. I decided I have three sets of them and like one. But my goal is to use another succeed this week!! I also use my MISTI backwards and am glad I'm not alone ;)

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