Welcome back! Today I wanted to revisit the technique of second generation stamping… with a twist! I am also a part of an amazing and very powerful blog hop to support a good cause.
I am switching things around today and first talking about the purpose of this post… and then will share the video and projects.
Today I am incredibly honored to be a part of the UNITED WE CONQUER! Ellen Hutson BCRF Fundraiser Blog Hop.
In honor of their three amazing mothers, my friends Chaitali, Julie and Ellen have teamed up to create this beautiful Courage Stamp & Die Set. This is a wonderful way for them to make a difference and honor these very special women in their lives… and to actively contribute to finding a cure for breast cancer. The Courage Stamp & Die Set is gorgeous…
Many of us have been or are affected by this disease or other forms of cancer. So let’s join together! After much research Ellen’s team made the decision to support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. BCRF is the highest rated breast cancer organization in the nation. To learn more about BCRF, please visit their website HERE.
Amazing, isn’t it?
HOW TO HELP
I hope that you can join us to help in any way you are able. You can donate, stamp, share, create, and more. Please visit the Ellen Hutson BCRF fundraiser page to find out how… and to follow their progress.
We can do this!!!! I have lost too many people to breast cancer, as I am sure many of you have. Let’s make it stop!
I appreciate you being a part of this. And now… on to the project using this fabulous set!
SECOND GENERATION STAMPING
[All supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]
I really like to make cards that I call “2-for-1″… cards created with a technique that creates more than one card at a time. Today I used second generation stamping.
Using the MISTI stamping tool, I stamped the flowers from the new Essentials by Ellen Courage Stamp & Die Set on one panel and then stamped it again on another panel without reinking. This gives a second generation look that is much lighter. And since I stamped with my MISTI, the images are in the same place on both. I then used the Hero Arts Nesting Rectangle Dies to die cut rectangles from the center of both pieces. That way I am able to swap the centers. On this card, I used the first generation on the outside, and the second generation on the inside. And the floral pattern lines up! The sentiment is from the same Essentials by Ellen Courage Stamp & Die Set.
Here is another example with the same look… with the lighter second generation piece in the center. Because the piece is light, I am able to stamp a sentiment on it and it stays visible. (Be sure to watch the video to better understand this technique!)
By the way, all the ink colors I used are listed in the thumbnails below.
Isn’t it great how the flowers line up across the whole card? Oh, and all of the sentiments are from the same Essentials by Ellen Courage Stamp & Die Set.
For the card below on the left, I skipped the center floral piece and just white heat embossed a sentiment.
Next I have several cards using the second generation frames. These have such a soft look to them. The second generation images are not perfect, but give a soft, artsy look that is lovely.
I made this one a bit brighter by using a brighter cardstock background. There are so many ways you can use this technique!
The next person on the blog hop is Heather Messon. Just head HERE. (You can start at the beginning of the hop at the Ellen Hutson CLASSroom blog HERE.)
Want to find the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below.