Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Peachy Face Backgrounds

This post originally appeared on the Peachy Keen Stamps blog when I posted as a guest designer on June 29, 2011.

Wow - it's already Wednesday!  I am having a great time creating with the Peachy Keen stamps and I hope you are enjoying the projects I have been making.  Thanks for all of the comments here and on my blog, Capadia Designs.
I was thinking about some new ways to use the face stamps.  I have seen many cute paper dolls and critters featuring the faces, however, I wanted to try something a bit different.  When I looked at the tiniest faces in the Everyday Character Face Assortment (PK-490) I had a few ideas...

I recently found some colorful clothespins in the dollar bins at Staples.  I thought it would be fun to make some clothespin dolls for my little neighbors and I found that the 3/8 inch faces were a perfect fit.

These will be fun to dress up with paper cuts or fabric.  I used StazOn ink to be sure that the faces would be permanent. I cleaned the stamps right away and while I was cleaning them an idea popped into my head!

I took the six small face stamps and lined them up on the grid of my cutting mat.

I used my rectangular acrylic block to pick up the faces.  It is important to use a grid or some system to keep everything aligned properly.

I stamped rows of faces on a piece of cardstock cut at 4 x 6 inches.  I used the grid to help keep the spacing accurate and then shifted the stamps to the right or the left to fill in the pattern.

When I was finished, I had created "Peachy Paper!"  I used this as the background for my 5 x 7 inch Fourth of July card.  The blue layer is cut at 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches and the white layer is just a bit larger to give a pin line frame for the red, white and blue theme.

I stamped the sentiment with a Studio G stamp (the sets that are in the dollar bin at the large craft stores).  After working with the Peachy Keen stamps I noticed a big difference in the quality of the stamps.  The Peachy Keen stamps ink so well and leave such a clean impression.  It is better to save up and get this peachy quality than to have a binder full of unused "cheap" stamps!


I used this adorable cut from the "A Child's Year" Cricut cartridge - one of my all-time favorites.  The crowd of Peachy faces is watching the parade pass by!

The Fourth of July card was my second "Peachy Paper" card.  This "Smile" card is the first one I made and you can read more about it on my blog, Capadia Designs.

Remember, you can leave comments on my posts here and the coordinating posts on my blog all week for a chance to win the PK-590 Blushing Bride Interchangeable Faces set.

I have lots of ideas for variations on this technique - I hope I may have inspired you to try it too!

See you tomorrow!

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