Simply Stamparatus

I promised in my post earlier this week I would bring you the directions for the Ho Ho Ho Card from the Spread Joy Team Swap.  Like I said, it is Stamparatus-heavy.  But, it is also a card that is easy to mass produce with the help of the Stamparatus.  If you want to know more about the Stamparatus, check out this video from Stampin’ Up! after you see how I made this card.

Keys to Success

There are two keys to the successful execution of this card.

  1. Be sure you align the HO HO HO stamp straight on the acrylic platform.
  2. Draw a line on your base paper – about a 1/2 inch from the side.

So, here we go.  The Stamparatus has the cool ability to unhinge, move the plate down, and re-stamp.  Those hinges are spaced at one inch.  For the stamped image, you need to measure the widest part.  For this one, the image is a 1/2 inch wide rectangle.  In this photo you can also see how the stamp was placed on the acrylic plate.  The etched grid lines help make that placement easy.

At this point, it may be a good idea to place some card stock onto the bed of the Stamparatus and stamp the image once to see how it is stamping.  In fact, a test stamped image is always a good idea.  The next step is to determine the size of your image.  This stamp is 1/2″ wide. Now, stamp this image with the plate in the original position.

To get the alternating colors it is important HOW you line up your cardstock on the bed.  For this card, I placed the cardstock for the card front flush against the hinge of the stamparatus (on the top of the cardstock)  — BUT, NOT ALL THE WAY INTO THE CORNER.  You will understand why this is important  when you change colors.

Lift the acrylic plate to a 90-degree angle, slip it out of the hinge, and move the plate down one step.  Ink, stamp, repeat until you get to the end of the card.  This is the Hinge Step Method!  Since the spacing on the hinge is 1 inch and the stamp is 1/2 wide, there should be a blank space 1/2″ between each image (1 – 1/2 = 1/2)….and you thought you’d never use math as an adult!

Before moving your card stock, take a moment to draw a light pencil line down the right side of the card stock.   

You will line up your card for Color 1 along that line.  Ink your stamp and stamp your first image.    For the second color, you will shift your card base 1/2 to the left.  DO NOT MOVE THE STAMP ON THE PLATE.  Clean the stamp, insert it back into the original step/slot.  Ink with color 2, stamp, move down, ink, stamp, repeat.  Hint, use a 7 x 7 piece of paper on top of your base plate to catch errant ink.

Clean your stamp LEAVING IT ON THE ACRYLIC BLOCK.  With clean hands, move your card stock 1/2″ to the left.  Remember the 1/2″  from two paragraphs ago?  See, there it is again.   Now that you have moved your card stock to the left, it is time to ink your stamp with the second color.  Since, you didn’t move the stamp on the acrylic plate (right, you DIDN’T move it, did you?) you can now ink it with color 2 and stamp in the blank spots.

Card Assembly

  On my card, I actually stamped off the edge of the paper on both sides of the project.   Then, I trimmed the card stock before matting it on the front of the card.  The finished card is 5.5″ x 4.25″.  The white card front with the stamping is 5.25″ x 4″.  I then used Thoughtful Banners to stamp “Celebrate”.   Punch the sentiment with the Classic Label punch along with a piece of Call me Clover also punched with the Classic Label Punch.  I trimmed the white card stock to be more narrow than the green.  Loop a length of the Gold Metallic Thread before adhering the sentiment with t two mini-dimensionals.  Finish the card with three sequins from Metallic Sequin Assortment.

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Until next time…..Keep on Dreaming!