So far I have been creating some quite sizable projects with the Inkadinkado Stamping Gear from EK Success however a lovely lady called Suzanne, from Australia, recently contacted me via my Facebook page and asked how she would go about creating smaller projects with the Inkadinkado Stamping Gear.
Through some experimentation I have discovered that size doesn’t matter and that you can work on projects all the way down to an Artist Trading Card (about 3.5 inches by 2.5 inches) so I thought I’d share some ideas with you all.
A quick note about shapes and sizes before I get started talking about techniques.
From some experience I have found that cards come in a range of fat and thin sizes and that ‘standard’ sizes seem to differ greatly from country to country. I have therefore compiled a quick list of some sizes below that I would consider to be small projects.
Just a quick note for my US friends, your A2/A7 etc is very different to our A2/A7 so please go by the actual measurements rather than the ‘A’ sizes (and sorry that some are in centimetres – all I know is that there are 2.54cm to the inch).
By the way, the sizes that I have listed below are the surface area of the front of the card, I.e. the bit that you see when the card is folded shut.
- DL (Sometimes called slimline) 21cm x 9.9cm
- Super Slim – 21cm x 7.42cm (approx.
- A5 – 21cm x 14.85cm
- 5 x 7 inches
- A6 – 14.85cm x 10.5cm
- A7 – 10.5cm x 7.42cm
- Notelet Card – 5 x 3 inches
- ATC – 3.5 x 2.5 inches.
To be honest though, I have found that this system will adapt to whatever size you are using. Hurrah!
Working With The ‘Big Little Sizes’.
Basically put, everything upwards of A6 I would class as ‘big’.
To work at these sizes I didn’t really need to do any special preparations in terms of work area, like securing the project to the table or masking off any areas.
My only recommendation for these ‘larger’ sizes would be that if the cog or wheel sits off the page then place your cardstock and wheel/cog on a larger piece of paper.
The reason for this is that at least some part of any cog or wheel will overlap the edges of your project and this ‘underlayer’ will help make sure that the cog/wheel stays in position as you work. It may also help you when turning you work to get that comfortable stamping position, especially if you work in a seated position.
Generally, when working with smaller sizes, any stamped image (using this system) will go ‘off the page’. I would therefore had to plan where I would stamp so that it worked with the final design.
Here is a really simple example of where I used an A6 card front with an ‘off the page’ design. You can see that I have tried to position it so that it will frame the off-centre sentiment topper.
Working With The Small Little Sizes
As before this relates to the list of sizes above and references the sizes of project that are A7 and below, all the way down to the Artist Trading Cards.
As with Big Little sizes, I needed to consider how the design would work ‘off the page’ but this time I had to do a little preparatory work before stamping.
Here is why.
Can you see how there was no surface area of the project for the wheel to rest on? That’s the issue here.
Quick point, you are more likely to use a wheel, rather than a cog when working smaller projects, as you have such a small area to work in you can’t afford to lose the valuable space to the area that using a cog would leave behind.
So, I had a little play and here is one way that I have developed to work with these smaller projects.
First I cut a piece of cardstock the full size of the planned finished project (which in this case was an Artist Trading Card) and then I marked a thin border along each edge.
In this instance, I used a 1/4″ border on each side. This meant that I could mat and layer it with two colours later on. You can choose the border width, there are no rules apart from the fact that it’s best to make them equal.
With sticky notes I masked this border area off. This not only masked the area but helped to stick the card to theworkmat and create a larger surface area for the wheel to sit on. It’s a win/win!
I then wanted to make sure that the wheel sat centrally over the ATC so I marked the centre point on each edge and then drew a line that extended from the edge of the card out to the edge of the sticky note.
By drawing these lines I had something that I could use to line up with the North, South, East and West outcrops on the wheel.
Next I positioned the stamp on the design so that I could see where it was going to be and how it would overlap the masked areas.
I then slid the ‘paddle’ into the notch and down to pick up the stamp. I did this because then I knew that it would be in the right place on the paddle. Them’s the beauty of using cling stamps!
Next, I stamped out the first set of impressions. I left gaps on purpose as I wanted to use a masking technique on this project.
Having created some mini masks from all-over sticky notes I used them to mask off the previous impressions and then made a second set of impressions.
I then removed the wheel and mini masks, but not the large sticky notes. I wanted to ink the edges so thought these would make a good mask for my work mat and would help keep my fingers off the inked area.
The final thing that I stamped out was the sentiment. I inadvertently discovered that I could use the centre marks, that I’d drawn earlier, to align the sentiment – I must have been thinking ahead earlier on :)
But I guess I am getting into the habit of matting and layering recently so I chopped off the blank edges and cut some alternate cardstock to create the layers.
So, at this point you might chirp up and say, “…but I only have the circular wheel…”. This is not a problem. It worked in exactly the same way. Here’s a quick overview.
Mark and mask off the border as before. Mark the centre lines. This next picture does show a small variation in process in that I applied the sentiment and coloured the corners first. The reason that I did this is that I wanted my circular border to fit around the sentiment so by doing this I could then position the border stamp and know that it will fit around the central sentiment.
The next stages are pretty much the same as before.
Position the wheel …
… stamp out the design and the remove the wheel …
… remove the sticky notes …
… finish off.
Although you might think it, it doesn’t always follow that you have to use a rectangular cog or wheel with a rectangular project. You have already seen one example of where I used a circular cog on a rectangular project. As another idea, if you place a square cog in the middle of a tall rectangular card, you could create professionally spaced borders at either end.
I would always encourage you to play and experiment with the Inkadinkado Stamping Gear. After all, until Suzanne asked her question, I might not have even gotten around to thinking of smaller projects.
The technique above can be used on a variety of small shapes and sizes, here are a few that I created. (Click on any of the images to open a slide show).
Anyway, I hope that you have enjoyed this little experimental session and would love to know what you think of this technique. Is it something that you had been thinking off for a while or is it a new idea to you?
Please feel free to leave any questions or comments in the box below. It would be good to hear from you.
Thank you for reading.
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