Saturday, December 12, 2009

Life is Good Tip Sheet

Here are my tips for my newest stamp set, Life is Good. This tip sheet will be added to the Life is Good StampTV Idea Gallery. This is a wonderful set for making masculine cards and projects, or nature themed cards for all sorts of occasions.

The Train

The train can be used integrated into a scene or as a stand alone focal image.

Try coloring it in traditional grays and silvers for a more masculine look, or in bright primaries for a juvenile look.

Emboss in silver, or even gold for a quick, elegant look.

Use with the bells from A Very Merry Christmas for a Polar Express theme.

The Cabin

The cabin can be a stand alone focal image, or part of a scene.

Use it with deer grazing nearby, or alongside a lake or pond.

Use it in front of the mountain from Happy Camper.

Stamp in a dark brown on tan or ivory cardstock and leave un-colored for a CAS look.

The Deer

The deer can be stamped in dark colors as silhouettes.

They can be stamped in Versa Mark and heat embossed for an emboss resist.

Stamp in a lighter color and then add some shading with markers, or color pencils.

The Tree Lined Banks

The tree lined banks were designed to be the left and right sides of a lake silhouette, but they can also be used for landscapes. Just leave the reflection un-inked and stamp your scene.

Color for any season, or don’t color at all.

You can color in the bank and rocks, with black or dark colors, for a silhouette look.

Stamp a focal image, like the cabin (if a landscape), then mask off and stamp the banks.

The Grass and Cattails

The grass can be used around the edges of lakes. Just brayer or sponge your water and stamp.

Leave the reflection portion of the stamp un-inked for grass on land.

Use the grass or cattails to line the bottom of a card for a border.

The cattails can be used incorporated into a scene, or as a main focal image.

The Trees

Stamp the trees in light colors, repeatedly for a faint forested background.

Use them silhouetted against a moonlit sky or sunrise.

Stamp in Versa Mark and heat emboss with clear before sponging or brayering, for light trees against a dark background.

Combine with tree images from Tree Silhouettes, for more variety.

The Sentiments

The small sentiments will fit in some of the smaller circle and oval Nestabilities and punches.

They will fit on the sign from Happy Camper.

Use the verse as a focal image, stamped in a dark color, then stamp one of the other images, like the cattails in a lighter image, right over the verse.

Project Ideas

Stamp on tissue paper and color. Then trim out the image and place on a pillar candle. Heat gently with your heat gun until the tissue disappears into the candle.

Use for masculine cards.

Scrapbook train trips, vintage photos, hunting and fishing trips, etc.

Create peaceful scene cards to be used for sympathy, or thinking of you cards.

Purchase a gift card from your guy’s favorite sporting store and make a gift card holder.

Use images from this set to etch glass candle holders

Find inexpensive wooden boxes like at Michaels and stamp on the top. You could even used the images as guides for wood burning the top. These would be great for on top of a dresser, where your husband could leave is change, keys, watch, etc.

Make coasters for the men in your life for Father’s Day.

Other Gina K stamp sets that will work with Life is Good :

Happy Camper
Out West
Autumn Beauty
Tree Silhouettes
Winter Foliage
Holiday Cheer
The Journey
Just So Sporty
Hip To Be Square
Inspiration Mosaic
And many others…

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!


naneruth said...

Oh thanks so much for these tip sheets on your sets! They really are very helpful. This set is going to be great to use.

Payne Holler Cards said...

LOVE this set! have printed these tips...just did a coaster set!! DH loves it!

Sue said...

Thanks for that hun luv what you do with these stamps, sue.x

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Great tips, Theresa! I just wish it was Christmas because my set is wrapped under the tree. As a matter of fact, all the new sets are under the tree. Christmas seems so far away. Well, when they are playing with new gadgets, I will be cutting out beautiful stamps!

Deebi27 said...

As I saw the sneak preview for this set I thought no thanks...but it has grown on me and now I have to have it. My husband is an avid dove, squirrel, pheasant and deer hunter (eating everything!) and this set would be wonderful for he and his son and grandson. So that means a must have...thanks for all the tips Theresa!