This technique is one of my stamping favourites…. 2 Step Stamping. It requires a certain type of stamp, designed especially for it, but it creates stunning results. Stampin’ Up! have a whole heap of stamps designed for 2 Step Stamping…. I will list a few at the bottom of this post… but the one I am using today is Bike Ride.
I was lucky enough to receive this stamp set for free when I attended Stampin’ Up! OnStage last April. It is a fun mix of images, all based around a bicycle…. but I know that there are lots of ways to use it leaving the bike behind. Today though, I am using the lovely bicycle to create two cards; one for the girls, and one for the guys!
This stamp set is special because its not just the bicycle that uses 2 Step Stamping, but the accessories also feature the same technique. The girls version uses Flirty Flamingo and Basic Black for the bicycle, Crumb Cake and Early Espresso for the basket, and Pear Pizzazz and Melon Mambo for the flowers. These stamps line up really easily without the need for a stamp positioning tool; like the Stamp-a-ma-jig
Both of these cards also feature a piece of the Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper… actually, its the same piece of Pick a Pattern Designer Series Paper. I love that our papers are double sided, and quite often I have to debate which side I love more! I have toned down the brightness of the paper here by layering a piece of Vellum over the top, just to stop that lovely bicycle from getting lost.
One of my favourite features of this stamp set is the it comes bundled with coordinating dies…. no need to attempt to fussy cut that bike! All bundles in the Stampin’ Up! catalogue are a great deal, you get 10% off by buying a bundle compared to buying the stamps and dies separately!
The boys version uses Pacific Point, Basic Black, Crumb Cake and Tangerine Tango, and replaces the flowers with a stack of books!
Card Base – 29.7 x 10.5 cm, scored at 14.8 cm
Designer Series paper – 7.5 x 12 cm (although it will be shorter than this in the end, due to that fun ripped edge!)
Vellum – 7 x 12 cm
I have left sentiments off these cards; partly because I couldn’t think of a sentiment I wanted to use, but also these would be great ‘just because’ cards to send a kind note and make someone smile!
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