Happy Friday! I hope your turkey is all settled and your Black Friday shopping fulfilled all of your holiday wishes. :-)
I'm popping in today with a fun project that I've been wanting to create since the first installment of my seasonal Quilted series was released back in February. Well, the series was completed in October with the release of the Quilted: Winter set, and we now have all four seasons. The idea for a wallhanging using all of the Quilted sets has been rolling around in my mind, and I finally got a chance bring that project to life this week.
I started off with a frame that I had on hand. It measures 8x8, so it's the perfect size for all 4 quilt blocks. I chose to do the blocks in Aqua Mist, Simply Chartreuse, Harvest Gold, and Stormy Seas to match my living room decor.
I diecut all of the blocks from Fresh Snow Linen cardstock to use as the outer frame, then cut each one from the cardstock colors I was using. I stamped each block with the coordinating stamp sets and pieces them all together.
In the middle is a fitting sentiment from the Phrases & Praises set, stamped on a Mat Stack 7 hexagon. I backed the hexagon with a stitched banner diecut from the Tag Sale: Quilted die set. It's embellished with a couple of gems. I'm excited to display it on a shelf in my living room!
During the October countdown, when I was sharing my Quilted: Winter projects, I mentioned that I had used my MISTI to speed the stamping process on the quilt blocks. A few of you asked to see how I set that up, and I used that process again to make my frame, so I thought I'd share it with you today as well. It takes a few mintues to set up the stamps for each of the different quilt blocks, and maybe isn't worth it for stamping just one block (although I like how easy it makes to line everything up), but if you're stamping multiple quilt blocks, this is a real time saver.
Here's what I do. I start by putting a quilt frame in my MISTI. I use a cut up Cricut mat inside my MISTI to keep everything in place. Use frames cut from scraps of cardstock, not the ones you plan on using in your project because you will get ink on them. I put two snowflake blocks here so that I can set things up to stamp all of the pieces with one impression.
Then I place my stamps inside the diecut. Since the backing of the stamps makes them larger than the images themselves, you won't be able to fit them close enough to each other to fill in every block, so you can see here that I placed them in every other opening, alternating the center diamonds and the outer "V"s. I did this with both blocks so I could fill in all the spaces. Close the lid to pick up the stamps.
Then I nest the diecut pieces back inside the frame, making sure I have them in the spaces that I had placed the stamps in.
I inked up the stamps, closed the lid, and with one impression, I was able to stamp all of the pieces. I used two different ink colors here, but could have used just one, of course.
Well, that wraps up this post and little how-to on setting up your MISTI to stamp the Quilted blocks. Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend!