Papercrafting Father’s Day: Dare 2B Artzy Stamps, Dies & A Giveaway
Papercrafting for Dear Old Dad!
Remember Dare 2B Artzy, the wonderful new PCC sponsor we introduced you to, the company that offers an eclectic mix of high-quality stamps and dies made right here in the U.S.A.?
Well, Cindy (the owner) sent me some more fun goodies to play with and did I have a blast!
This owl lover enjoyed playing with another fun owl and his matching die, but wait till you see what else I got to play with – most “uplifting!”
Ooh, and one more thing:
Cindy’s offering another $35 shopping code* for one of YOU!
*A Special Note About the $35 Shopping Code Giveaway:
If you like the projects you see below and you just know these products are perfect for your Father’s Day projects, then go ahead and grab them now, while they’re in stock and while you still have plenty of time to create (Father’s Day is June 15th!). If you are the lucky winner of the $35 shopping code, Cindy will offer you a $35 credit towards your previously placed product order of $35 or more (only orders placed between June 1st and 2nd qualify). How can you go wrong?!
Father’s Day Papercrafting
It’s time to make something extra special for your dad, stepdad and/or the other special fathers in your life.
And, whether you’re a stamper or not, we think you’ll find these projects inspiring and easy to replicate or build upon.
In fact, we’re so sure you’ll have fun playing with these stamps that we’re adding a bonus giveaway to Cindy’s generous giveaway – we’re giving YOU a chance to win one of the owl stamp sets and the matching dies!
Purchase any stamp set (using our special discount code, pcc10spring) from Dare 2B Artzy between now and June 5th, and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a free owl stamp set and matching owl die of your choice!
Be sure to check out the Feathered Friends section at Dare 2B Artzy and let us know which of the owl stamp sets and matching dies you’re interested in – if your name is drawn**, you’ll get them both!
**A Special Note About the PCC D2BA Owl Stamp & Matching Die Giveaway: If you purchase one of the owl stamp sets and the matching die (using our special discount code, pcc10spring, by June 5th) and you win that giveaway from PCC, we’ll let you pick out another stamp set and die of equal value as your prize. Hey, how can you go wrong?!
Thanks again to our newest sponsor,
Dare 2B Artzy!
Remember, Cindy’s motto:
“Whatever you decide to make,
and however you decide to use our stamps,
have fun creating something unique
and don’t be afraid to be ARTZY!”
One of our goals here at PaperCrafter’s Corner is to introduce you to new papercrafting techniques and products; to demonstrate that there are many different ways of creating (and no right or wrong way!); and, to encourage you to enjoy the process as much as the finished product.
I’d say Dare 2B Artzy is a perfect fit, wouldn’t you?
OK then, let’s get started!
Today’s papercrafting projects are centered around Father’s Day and the special fathers, daddys, dads, stepdads, pops, daddy-o’s, and papas in your life and we can’t wait to show you what we made with the Daddy Owl stamp set and the D1 Owl Artzy dies!
(Now don’t skip out before you see the other products we used for creating Father’s Day projects!)
First, let’s take a look at these coordinating products:
They’re a hoot, right?
O.k. sorry, I just couldn’t resist!
And now, on to show you what I came up with first!
The first projects I worked on were Father’s Day cards.
I started by stamping a whole bunch of the little Daddy Owl dudes on white cardstock.
I then dragged out my favorite coloring tools (Derwent Inktense Pencils and Copic Markers) and started coloring the little guys.
This process was mostly about playing and experimenting with different color combinations.
Once the colored and water-colored images were dry, I cut them out and added either googley-eyes or a little Ranger Glossy Accents to the owl’s eyes to help them stand out a bit.
I ended up with seven colored owls in all (I colored more, but I liked only seven of those I made – that’s why I stamp a lot of them!), but this is my favorite one on a card…for my Dad.
(Sssshhh, it’s surprise!)
My Dad’s been a basketball player and coach and I had some of this “basketball” textured paper in my stash that was just begging to be used!
The process for this card involved picking colored cardstock that matched my colored owl shirt and layering the pieces onto each other and then onto the card front.
The sentiment, “It’s Your Day, Dad!“, is from the Daddy Owl Stamp Set, and was stamped in a coordinating color.
I hope my Dad likes his card even half as much as I enjoyed creating it for him.
Want to see the stamping and die-cutting process?
The second project I worked on involved using one of the colored owls for a gift tag.
This tag was super fast and easy to create.
I first grabbed a colored and die-cut owl and matched one of the colors in his shirt to a piece of cardstock I had in my scrap stash.
I then cut the corners off the top of the cardstock, and punched a hole in the top of the tag (then threaded some jute through the opening) so it looked like a standard tag…only more colorful!
Next I stamped the sentiment, “Wise Ol’ Dad!”, (also from the Daddy Owl Stamp Set) on another piece of scrap cardstock and adhered it to the tag front with two-sided tape.
And last, I positioned the owl just above, but overlapping slightly, the sentiment block, and adhered it with foam tape for a little height.
Finished in minutes!
So, what do you think of Daddy Owl – is he not perfect for telling your dad whoooo loves him?
I know, I know, corny! Again, I couldn’t help myself!
One thing I want to point out about this owl is that his shirt is perfectly designed for “customizing.”
You can add extra stripes so that all the strips are thinner, draw lines across the existing stripes and add varying colors to create a plaid, or draw lines at an angle and create another nice pattern.
Decorate his tie for even more options!
I did all of the above in my experimentation!
Remember, this is about being “artzy,” so let your inner child free – PLAY!!!
And, they are such versatile products – how many different ways can you envision using them?
Again, I was interested in playing around with looks and color combinations – these stamps are ideally suited for letting your inner “artiste” run wild!
Most of the balloons were stamped with black ink (I like to use Memento Ink when I know I’ll be using my Copics for coloring or adding water to pencil coloring – the Memento ink doesn’t bleed), but I also used Versamark Ink and clear, detail embossing powder on a few, just for variety and to test out how they would look.
I then lined up my coloring tools and again went to town trying out different coloring combinations.
A few attempts wound up in the trash, but that’s o.k.
Remember, it’s about the journey, not just the destination.
I then die-cut the colored balloons after water-coloring the “sky,” which was visible between the balloon ropes.
And finally, I used the cloud die (love it!) to die-cut some clouds – some were cut from a light blue cardstock I had in my scrap stash and some were cut from the edges of the balloon backgrounds (the left-overs after die-cutting the balloons from their water-colored backgrounds).
No waste with this project!
Below you’ll see the colored balloons I liked best from my numerous attempts, two on cards and one on a gift tag (all with die-cut clouds!).
Side note: One of the Father’s Day sentiments, “Any man can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a Dad!“, from the Hot Air Balloon Stamp Set is stamped inside Card 2 and on the back of this tag, which has been colored to look just like the front, only with a softer coloring in the center of the tag, where the sentiment is.
So, what do you think?
Did the cards and tag achieve lift-off?
These stamps and dies were a blast (pun intended) to create with and I know I’ve only scratched the surface of what I can use them for.
Yup, they’ll be getting lots of use!
Let’s take one more look at the finished projects, shall we?
O.K., now for a few notes about the production process:
The first step was to cut a bunch of cardstock down to the size I would need for the images I was going to stamp and die cut. I chose to cut my pieces as close as possible to the size of the owl and balloon images to save paper.
I then did all my stamping and embossing and laid out the images to be colored.
Coloring came next, but I didn’t take a photo of that process because, well, my hands were busy!
I then used my Cuttlebug and the D1 Artzy Owl Die to cut out the owls, and the Hot Air Balloon Die Cut to cut out the hot air balloons and the clouds.
Again, I love that Cindy has included the die-cut machine “sandwich recipes” on her die packaging – this makes it super easy to know exactly how to place the pads so you get a good cut from her steel dies.
FYI for those who don’t have a lot of experience with using thin dies in a die-cutting machine: it’s standard practice to use a sticky note or removable tape to hold the dies in place (as seen above) when die cutting.
This is especially important when lining up the die with a stamped image as it enables you to ensure the “border” around the stamped image is even all the way around it.
I adhered a small sticky note to the owl, balloon and cloud dies when die cutting with them, but you can use stencil tape or washi tape (something with a light hold and that’s easily removed), or even good-quality painter’s tape, to hold the dies in place as well.
Hot Tip! If you want a colored edge on your die-cut shape, ink the cutting edge of the die before you place it (note: once you place the inked die, don’t move it or you’ll smear the ink!).
Just be sure to wipe off the cutting edge of the die as soon as you’re done die cutting with it so it’s clean for its next use (and doesn’t ruin a future project on which you might not want the inked edge).
Well, what do you think –
do these projects pass muster?
Think your pops would enjoy receiving
a card or tag like these?
grab yourself some of these
fun stamps and dies
and get to creatin’!
2 weeks away!
And remember, Cindy’s offering our community a 10% discount and FREE SHIPPING – stop by the Dare 2B Artzy shop and use code pcc10spring to take advantage of the these great discounts while they last!
Yesiree, another fun PCC community perk!
And now, for the Giveaway…
I mean Giveaways!
$35 shopping code***
Dare 2B Artzy
And, PCC is giving away
(1) Dare 2B Artzy Owl Stamp Set
(1) Dare 2B Artzy Matching Owl Die
Be sure to follow all the rules
to be eligible to win!
Entering to win is so, so easy:
1. LIKE the Dare 2B Artzy Facebook page (and tell ’em we sent ya, ok?)
2. Check out all of the stamps and dies on offer at the Dare 2B Artzy shop – leave a comment on this post telling us which products you like best (it’s o.k. to like and list a bunch!) and how you would use them if you won them.
3. Share this post on at least one social media channel – Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest – and leave a link to your share in your comment on this post.
4. And, if you want to be eligible for the PCC Bonus Giveaway, purchase any owl stamp set and matching die, using our discount code – pcc10spring – between now and June 5th, 2014 and you’ll be entered in the drawing to win another owl stamp set and matching die!
See, easy right?
to enter to WIN!
Make a purchase
you have another chance to WIN!
Deadline to Enter:
midnight (central, GMT-6)
Monday, June 2nd, 2014
Deadline to make a
qualifying bonus giveaway purchase:
midnight (central, GMT-6)
Thursday, June 5th, 2014
***Shopping code is only valid for the purchase of Dare 2B Artzy stamps and dies and any unused balance will be forfeited.
International papercrafters are welcome to enter these giveaway, however, shipping costs for the products “purchased” with the shopping code will apply (International Entrants: by entering this giveaway you agree to pay for shipping of any products you select/win). If an Int’l entrant wins the PCC giveaway of an owl stamp set and matching die, PCC will pay for the shipping to the winner.
We encourage you to check out the wonderful stamps and dies at Dare 2B Artzy and let them know how much you love their products and appreciate their sponsorship of PaperCrafter’s Corner.
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know you appreciate
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Stay tuned for many more fun projects created with Dare 2B Artzy‘s stamps and dies – next time: Summertime Projects!
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