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Stampin' Up! Try it Out Thursday

Sigh……..I’m in love……..with sticky cuts letters……fine cosmo glitter………rub-ons……..ribbon originals…….acetate……..love is fickle isn’t it – *lol*?  When I was trying to decide what I was going to feature on Try it Out Thursday  I threw open my stampin’ cupboard where I keep all my accessories and just gazed at all the beautiful things, until inspiration hit me.  I bought Stampin’ Up!’s sticky cuts letters and fine cosmo glitter about a month ago, but just couldn’t bring myself to use them – for two reasons – the glitter was so beautiful that it had to be "just the right project", but also because I didn’t really know what in heavens name to do with the sticky cuts letters. Well let me amend that, I knew in theory how to use them, but I couldn’t come up with something I wanted to use them on in practice.

THAT is the whole purpose of Try It Out Thursday.  How often have you bought something from the Stampin’ Up! catalogue because it was *new* or because it looked *cool*, but then once you opened the box, you didn’t really know what to do with it, so you just sat and admired it, promising yourself you’d use it for just the right project? Or, how often have you not purchased something despite loving the look of it, because you didn’t really know what you’d do with it once you got it? I launched the Try it Out Thursday feature to give you some ideas on how to use some of those products, as well as to encourage you to pull out some of your own.

Today’s card is a combination of a whole bunch of stuff, although the real focus is on the Sticky Cuts letters and fine cosmo glitter. The only downside to the card is that the rub-ons and the stamp set I used are now retired (they’re from Sale-a-Bration) – but they were so perfect for what I had in mind (and I’d never used them) that I just had to pull them out. Here’s how to re-recreate the card:

  1. Take a 4 1/4" x 8 1/2" sheet of acetate and fold in half (use your bone folder to achieve a crisp, clean fold).  You now have a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" acetate "card".  
  2. Cut a piece of Certainly Celery CS so that it is just slightly smaller than 4 1/4" x 8 1/2" (about 4 1/8" x 8 3/8"), and fold in half using your bone folder.  Cut a piece of Pretty in Pink CS so that it is just a little smaller than 4" x 5 1/4". 
  3. Stamp the "swirl" from Friendship Blooms onto the Pretty in Pink CS in Pretty and Pink Classic Ink. Center and mount to the Celery card front.  Using the white Signo gel pen, create a dotted border around the pink CS piece.
  4. Mount the BACK of the card to the inner BACK panel of the acetate using a double-sided adhesive like Snail.  Take a piece of Certainly Celery CS that is the same size as your folded Certainly Celery card (about 4 1/8" x 5 3/8") and attach it to the BACK of the acetate.  Picture a sandwich – the Certainly Celery CS is the bread and the back panel of the acetate is the filling.
  5. Apply your rub on to the front of the acetate sheet.  Attach your sticky cuts letter. Sprinkle on the fine Cosmo glitter (I used the Celery color) and tap off the excess. *tip*:  the glitter is so fine, it sticks all over the acetate.  Use a fine tipped dry brush to carefully brush away the excess glitter.
  6. Stamp the large flower from the Friendship Blooms stamp set in Regal Rose ink onto white CS.  Color in using a blender pen and pretty in pink and Certainly celery ink.  Cut out leaving a small white border around. Stick to the front of the acetate.  Punch a hole through the center (I actually had to use my SU tool kit to do this), slide a 5" piece of ribbon through the hole bring around to the side of the card and tie a know as shown. This accent will keep the front flap of the accetate from "flapping" around (no pun intended).

As the sticky cuts letters pretty much only come with one of each letter and two of each vowel, I’m determined to find a way to use ALL the sticky cuts letters.

Now it’s your turn, challenge yourself to try something you’ve never tried before.  Although I don’t have a specific contest associated with this one, I’d love you to include a link to your project in the comments section.

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