Sunday, May 22, 2011

Outline Cutting

This is a technique I culled from a book of techniques my stamp club ladies (hi everyone!) did about 5 years ago.

It's called Outline Cutting - not a very unique name, but it's a simple and easy, yet powerful, technique!


  • Stamp an image about 1 inch up from the bottom of the front of your card.
  • Fussy cut (as Sandi MacIver calls it! LOL) around the images you've stamped, cutting off the bottom piece. Since you ARE fussy cutting, you'll probably want the image to be one that's easy to cut.
  • Adhere a 1-1/4" strip of matching cardstock to the inside of the card so that it highlights the stamped images on the front of the card.
  • Add a greeting and a verse inside of the card, and you've got a beautiful, fast card!

As I mentioned, my stamp club ladies created a book of techniques as our club project over the club year.

We'd do four techniques each meeting. Make a sample of the technique, then I provided typed instructions for each technique.

We stored them all in one of the 6x6 photo albums, one technique to each set of pages. Sample on one side with the instructions on the opposite side.

I can't tell you how many times I've pulled that book out and paged through it, looking for something "new".

Not that any of it's new - it's just being recycled - again!

But that's OK. I had forgotten about this technique until I was looking for something for my club ladies to do at this month's meeting.

And they had a blast with it!

They all remembered it from that long ago, and all admitted they'd forgotten about it as well, but how much they loved having that Technique Book to use as a reference tool!

I actually had a second project planned for them to do, but they all got "into" making these cards, so I never pulled it out of my bag of tricks - we'll save it for another time...

Here are some others I made, while making samples for the club ladies.

I made this one using the Hope & Strength set we're selling to support Breast Cancer Research. Each time someone purchases this set, the matching DSP, or the MDS downloads, Stampin' Up! donates $2.00 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Pretty cool, eh?

Anway, here's the sample:

And here's a baby card using the technique. I love this little teddy bear!

Here's one I made using Cherry Cobbler ink - and then I decided to add a piece of retired DSP (Christmas, 2010) as an accent piece.

And, finally, a very simple, but elegant card - I decided to turn it into a wedding card.

I added a piece of Crumb Cake CS that I'd run through the Square Lattice embossing folder to the bottom inside. I love how this one turned out!

So did my club ladies, evidently - they all made one very similar to this one! Of course, they all put their own spin on it.

I'll show you those tomorrow...

Have questions about this technique? Leave me a Comment, and I'll try to 'splain myself better!

Need to know which stamp sets I used? Leave me a Comment...

Aw, heck - leave me a Comment about anything! Make my day!

Thanks for stopping by - come back soon!

1 comment:

  1. OMG SAM! It's bed time here in Oz and now you've got me wanting to rush into the craft room and start outline stamping & cutting. I'll have a go tomorrow and post my pics for you to check my work.....hahaha!!