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Have you noticed what a HUGE trend hexagons are right now?  I’m not sure why that is, but I know for myself, it’s a shape that I find very appealing.  When I was a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, one of things I always used to do was to keep my eye on the paper crafting world as a whole and make a point of keep myself up-to-date on the hottest trends.  Because I knew that my customers were seeing these trends in magazines, online and in my local scrapbook or craft store, I looked for ways to bring these trends into my own Stampin’ Up! projects. Case in point with hexagons. Which brings me to my first “Quick Tip” for you:

Thanks a Million Card Quick Tip #1

Expand your design options by cutting out elements from your patterned papers.

Although Stampin’ Up! doesn’t have any hexagon dies, or stamps, I did notice that one of the patterns of paper in the Twitterpated collection had hexagons. That’s when I had an “aha” moment – why not cut the hexagons apart?  Now some of you are probably thinking that that must have been pretty tedious…it actually went surprisingly quickly.  Once I had cut out all the hexagons I then positioned them on my card, spacing them slightly apart so I could see some of the Pink Pirouette CS in between them.

One of the things I should have mentioned is that I stamped and embossed my greeting (which is from the Word Play stamp set) BEFORE I placed my hexagons.  I did that so that I would be certain I had enough space for my greeting.  I then based the starting height of my hexagons on the position of the greeting.

If you look closely – you’ll notice that three of the hexagons are popped up using a Stampin’ Dimensional for each – this gives extra dimension to the card, and helps offset the dimension from the bow. The bow, is actually a “faux bow” – I stretched my Basic Black Taffeta ribbon across the card (centering it over the top row of the hexagons) and stuck the ends to the back of the Pink Pirouette CS.  I then created a separate bow and stuck it on the ribbon with a mini glue dot (I gathered the ribbon a bit underneath to make it look more natural).

See the three black pearls each at the center of the popped hexagons?  Those are Stampin’ Up!’s Basic Pearls.  Which brings me to Quick Tip #2

Thanks a Million Card Quick Tip #2

You can expand your embellishment options by adding color to Stampin’ Up!’s Basic Pearls and Basic Rhinestones with Sharpie markers – giving you a rainbow of colors to choose from!  You could of course use alcohol based markers like Copic markers or Spectrum Noir markers, but these are significantly more expensive.  Besides, Sharpie markers are readily available at most office supply stores (and they are a non-competitive product for those of you that are SU demos and need to think about these things).

I colored my Basic Pearls with a black Sharpie marker, and then stuck one to each of the “popped” hexagons.  If you’re wondering why I didn’t just use a Staz On pad, I did try, but it didn’t work well – the pad is too big in relation to the pearl, and I couldn’t get around the rounded edges of the pearl.  Besides, Sharpies give you more color options.

You can link to most of the products I used above.  Please note that the links will take you to the Canadian Stampin’ Up! Online Store.  You can purchase any of these products through your Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator or if you don’t have one, you can use the “Find a Demonstrator” feature at www.stampinup.com – just make sure you select the appropriate country first.

So that’s today’s project.  I thought I would also take a minute to answer a few questions I’ve received in the comments and via email:

Your Questions Answered

Questions about “So Grateful” Card

I had a few questions about the So Grateful Card I posted yesterday:

Q.  What kind of adhesive did you use to stick your patterned paper and card stock to the acetate?

A.  I used a double sided adhesive.  I’m going to be honest with you – the one Stampin’ Up! product that you will not see me use is SNAIL adhesive.  I have had issues with this product for years.  I know some people swear by it, but in my climate, where I live, any project I’ve ever used SNAIL on falls apart within a week or less.  If you’ve had the same issues with SNAIL then I recommend using Sticky Strip.

Q. How do you keep the adhesive from showing on the inside of the card?

A.  Whatever I do to the outside, I do to the inside. So for the patterned paper strips- I stuck patterned paper strips to the inside of the card front, in line with the ones on the card front – that way the adhesive is hidden.  For the inside of the card (the part you write on), I stuck a piece of Whisper White CS inside (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ piece).  I stuck a second piece of the same size to the outside back of the card, so again the acetate is hidden.