Hey Kindred Stampers!
Justin here, and I am really excited to share with you some projects that I made using the The One With The Friend set!
When I decided to create with this set, I was initially a little confused with what I wanted to do because there were so many characters and sentiments. And then I took my confusion and turned it into what I wanted to focus on: how you can use 1 stamp set to create multiple projects with different styles. So follow along with me while I talk about how I made each of my cards!
As always, I colored the 6 characters from The One With The Friend first and figured out which characters I wanted with what sentiments. First, I decided to create a card with the guitar playing girl.
Now, this girl is wearing a fringe jacket, and I knew that I needed to take this card in a hippy/earth child direction.
I have a little crafting hack for you. I love to use multiple paper patterns when crafting. I love matching various patterns together, regardless of brand. However, sometimes I don't want rummage through my paper stash. What I like to do is buy small 6 x 6 paper pads that follow a certain theme, and I know I can grab a few handful of patterns from the pad that will coordinate for a project. So, for this guitar girl, I grabbed an earthy floral paper pack and I was set.
This card is made of entirely die cuts and hand cut paper strips. So I die cut 2 stitched panels, with one slightly smaller than the other to create a frame. I then cut my patterned papers the same width as the smallest panel, and used various wavy stitched dies to have wavy strips. I then adhered the wavy strips, one on top of the other, starting from the top down. I also die cut a few stitched scalloped circles and adhered them near where I was going place the girl.
To finish my card, I cut a sentiment strip and heat embossed the sentiment "It's Not Your Fault" in a dark brown powder, adhered it with foam tape, and then adhered my girl. I mounted the panel to an A2 Card base and this card was done!
For my 2nd card, I wanted to do something a little masculine, and I decided to do so in the form of my shaker card with the penguin-holding guy.
I grabbed another paper pack that had various patterns in reds, yellow, blues and grays. I took 3 patterns and die cut them with a slightly smaller than A2-sized stitched rectangle die, along with a white panel in that same slightly smaller than A2 size. I also used an A2-sized stitched rectangle die and cut out a navy A2-sized panel that would serve as my base.
I cut my patterned paper in various 1", .5" and .25" width strips. I then adhered the strips to my white slightly smaller sized white panel. Once the panel was entirely covered in strips, I used a stitched circle die to make my shaker cut out. I adhered an acetate window to cover the cut out.
For shakers, I have a few tricks that help make it easier. For starters, I need at least 1/8" thick foam tape. If my foam tape is less than 1/8", I'll double it up. I also use a powder tool around the foam tape to reduce stickiness. Finally, I adhere a separate background to seal the shaker than the base panel. This allows me to reduce the likelihood of spilling my shaker bits. So I followed these tricks, using a retired Kindred Stamps Shaker Pack (you may still find some Kindred Stamps Shaker Packs here), and sealed everything up. I then mounted my shaker window to my A2 stitched navy panel.
To finish this card, I cut out a sentiment strip and heat embossed the "How You Doin?" sentiment in white powder, adhered my sentiment strip, and then adhered my guy. Then, of course, I mounted it to my card base.
For my 3rd project, I thought it would be fun to use the vest wearing guy and the chef girl to make an engagement card. I went and grabbed another paper pack to get coordinating patterns.
I die cut the following shapes: an A2-sized stitched rectangle in charcoal, a "slightly less than A2"-sized stitched rectangle in black, gray patterned paper, and blue chevron paper. Finally, I took the gray patterned paper and die cut a city scape. I took my die cut city scape and used Black Soot Distress Oxide ink to shade the bottom and sides.
I then cut my black panel to be about 1.5" wide. I adhered the blue chevron panel to the charcoal panel first, then the black strip and finally the cityscape on top of the black strip. I adhered my guy and girl, and then stamped the sentiment "The One Where You Get Engaged".
For my last card, I wanted to use the last 2 characters, the coffee-serving girl and the suit-wearing guy, and make a general celebration card. I used the Birthday Confetti Stencil on a 4" x 5.25" white panel, adhering it with Pixie Spray, and I used a red, orange, yellow, green and blue ink to blend a rainbow confetti background.
I mounted my confetti panel to an A2-sized black cardstock panel. I laid out where i wanted my 2 characters. Once I figured out how I wanted to place them, I stamped my "The One Where You Celebrate" sentiment in black. I adhered my guy and girl to the card, and then used various colored Nuvo Drops for extra confetti bits.
And there you have it, 4 cards in 4 styles for 4 different occasions, but all with 1 stamp set!
If you'd like some more information regarding all of the products used to create these projects, head over to my blog for a list of items!