On the Strip 2: Strippin'


So when the gorgeous Danielle first sent me her On the Strip 2 set, I kind of panicked. Its lovely, don't get me wrong, I could only imagine the incredible cards that the other DT ladies would come up with. But me?? Meh, not so much.

I couldn't get past the fact that they were basically LINES. I don't do graphic cards (more like, CAN'T do), I love them. I see what others make and think 'wow, that looks so amazing' but then when I try, it comes out looking more like poop. Lines--what could I do with lines to make them look like anything other than exactly what they are?! So I just never made anything with them. Till now.

Anyway, I decided enough was enough, I had to give On the Strip 2 a go. Get past the fact that I couldn't colour it in etc, and use it for what it was. LINES.

So today I've got four cards to share with you that use only 2 of the stamps, but I kept them simple and used the stamps exactly as what they are. Lines. And you know what? I think I won this round :)

I thought it would be cool to stamp the smallest strip in various Memento colours, and cover them with stickles. I love the effect! Kind of reminds me of streamers or (for some reason) fireworks as they fall back down to the ground after exploding.I used the Swiss Dots embossing folder on the cardbase.

For this next one, I wanted to make something masculine but that still had a hint of prettiness to it. I used an embossing folder on the bottom half of the card, and the thinnest strip from the stamp set stamped twice. Once in Colorbox white ink, once in Hero Arts Cup O' Joe ink.

For this next one, I wanted to use the strip as a line, but not just as a line. I tried to think of places we see strips/linear forms in real life and a sunburst seemed fitting. (We're just on our last days of sun here in Australia). I added some Clearsnap smooch to the sun rays to give a hint of glimmer, and some n&t sequins to give it some bling :)

Lastly, while I had my neenah desert storm cardstock out from the card earlier, I thought I'd use the wider multi-stripe strip and try my hand at heat embossing in different colours.

This went really well until at the last second I tapped the back of the card to get the excess EP off, and almost all of it came off. I had to re-stamp and re-powder. It's not a perfect result, but I'm still happy with it. A guy wouldn't even notice the lack of perfection, so that's who this card is going to heehee.

Well there you have it!

I used the different kinds of embossing on almost all of my cards today, to get you in the mood for the current Little Tangles challenge,

which has already started! you've got until April 28th to enter for a chance to win a prize--a Neat and Tangled stamp set of the winners choice!

Hope to see you again soon!

Till then, keep craftin!

Linda xx

Below are the goodies you'll need if you want to try to recreate any of the above cards :)


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