I’m going to show ya’ll the techniques to make a second card featuring Texana Designs stamps from the JAM’N Stamp series. And, just to keep it interesting, I thought I’d throw in some good Texas livin’ advice. So, saddle up, you’ll be happy as a gopher in soft dirt before we’re done.
Cowboy Guide to Life #1 – Never smack a man who’s chewin’ tobacco.
First, I started with squares of Stampin’ up! Natural Vanilla card stock I sewed on with beige thread.
Cowboy Guide to Life #2 – Always take a good look at what you’re about to eat. It’s not so important to know what it is, but it’s critical to know what it was.
I inked up the paisley stamp from Stampin’ Up!’s Wanted stamp set with Creamy Caramel classic ink and stamped off once before I stamped the image. I also sponged on Creamy Caramel, Really Rust and Chocolate Chip for a real rich distressed look.
Cowboy Guide to Life #3 – Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.
Here’s where the fun begins. I stamped the JAM’N Barbed Wire Texas Flag and JAM’N Star Trio stamps on the distressed Natural Vanilla cardstock.
Cowboy Guide to Life #4 – The easiest way to eat crow is while it’s still warm. The colder it gets, the harder it is to swaller.
I also stamped the same images on three different sheets of patterned paper.
Cowboy Guide to Life #5 – Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear, or a fool from any direction.
Then, I just cut out the pieces I needed in my final piece. I didn’t have to worry about all the tiny lines in the barbed wire images because it was stamped in the anchoring, background piece.
Cowboy Guide to Life #6 – Evil thoughts are like chickens–they come home to roost.
Then, it was just a matter of putting together puzzle pieces.
Cowboy’s Guide to Life #7 – Ask no more and give no less than honesty, courage, loyalty, generosity, and fairness.
I just had to add the Texas Lonestar star.
And, here’s the finished card:
Can you stand one more tip?
Cowboy Guide to Life #8 – Go after life as if it’s something that’s got to be roped in a hurry before it gets away.
I made the bow on this card following a wonderful tutorial for multi-loop bows at Kittie Caracciolo’s blog, KittieKraft, Ribbon Tying Tutorials.
Here are the stamps I used from Texana Designs.
So, pardners, are you as confused as a goat on astro-turf? I hope not, and I promise, next time, I’ll be back to talkin’ like city slicker.