Ya’ll, It’s Texas Tips and Tutorial

2009 10 03_0005wmI haven’t made a tutorial in a month of Sundays. But, I got a couple of questions on how I made my Texana Round Up card, and, you know, quick as a hiccup, I aim to please.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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And, here’s the finished card:

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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.

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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.


Sweet Comments

  1. Linda, you’re the best! I’d been told before how to do this with these barbed wire stamps, but it just didn’t sink in. Now that I’ve seen it, I’m rarin’ to go. Got me an idea swirlin’ in my head like one of them West TX dirt devils. Don’t go gettin’ too citified on us, now, ya hear?

  2. What a great looking card, I love the way you built the background and the piecing, thanks for sharing step-by-step!