Sentiment Strip Tips and Techniques


– [Jennifer] Hi there and welcome to another video, this
is Jennifer McGuire. So believe it or not, one of
the questions I get asked most is how I create sentiment strips. Sentiment strips are
tiny little sentiments that go across your card and they’re fun because you can place them anywhere. Well I get a lot of questions about how to get them perfectly centered, get them in the space just right
and stamped just perfectly. So today I’m sharing lots
of tips and techniques for using sentiment strips on your cards. I have several examples and
I’m hoping that this inspires you to try sentiment strips on your card and come up with fun ways to use them. Let’s start with an
example where we do faux sentiment strips, this is
actually a one layer card, although it does look
like there’s dimension to it with those sentiment strips. I am a big fan of one layer cards and I get a lot of requests
to do more of them, so I thought I’d start with this. I’m using this new Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Flowers Two Stamp Set. There was a beautiful flowers one and I used it in a video
and I’ll link to it here. It was very popular, so here
is the second version of it. It has a beautiful cluster of flowers along with individual flowers, leaves, and beautiful sentiments. And I’ll be using the set
on three of my cards today. Another stamp set that I’ll
use throughout this video is the new Simon Says
Stamp Tiny Words Set. If you’ve watched my videos you know I like small little sentiments
that fit just about anywhere and this one is super small
and there are so many occasions included in here, it’s
a great must have set and I’ll use it in many ways today. You can stamp these just
about anywhere on a card or they’re perfect for sentiment strips. You could even use them inside of cards. I’ll also be using the new Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Label
Dies, I’ve been wanting a set like this for some time now. These dies will cut the
perfect sentiment strip and there are also these
little V dies that you can use to cut little ribbon
ends on the sentiments. If you don’t wanna leave them straight. If you struggle with making
the perfect sentiment strip, these may be the answer for you. In this video I’ll show how to use these and also how to create your
own with the paper trimmer. Let’s get started with the card where I do faux sentiment
strips for a one layer card. In my MISTI stamping tool, I
have a piece of white cardstock that is four and a quarter
by five and a half. I’m just using this cardstock
to kind of place my stamp, I can save the piece for future card, but I’m not using it
today, I have a large image from the Beautiful Flowers Two Stamp Set, the one that I just showed you, and I’m inking that up with
Gina K Jet Black Amalgam Ink. This ink is friendly to
almost all coloring mediums, so it’s a good one to
choose, I’ll be using Zig Clean Color Real Brush
Pens here in a moment. Now with this piece, I will
line up some sentiment strips that I cut with the dies
that I just showed you, from masking paper, that way
they have some stick to it, and I can place them
where I want them to be. And I can move them around if I want to. I’m using the grid in
my MISTI stamping tool, to make sure that I
put them down straight. The reason I use those
sentiment label dies to cut from this masking paper, is so that I could kind of plan out where I want my sentiment strips to be. It’s kind of like a tool
to help me position, I often create masks to help me decide where to place things on my cards. I’m also going to use them, in this case, to do some actual masking, once
I have the sentiment strips positioned I’m going to remove that piece that we stamped, and add in a notecard. This is a four and a quarter
by five and a half inch top folding Bristol Cardstock notecard. The reason I’m using Bristol Cardstock, is because I’m using Zig
Clean Color Real Brush Pens, and they work great on this cardstock. So I’m inking up the same
imagine in the same position, with the same ink, and stamping it on top. You wanna make sure that you stamp firmly, so that you stamp right
up against those sentiment strip masks that we have there. Next I’ll carefully remove
the card from my stamping tool and fold the strips to the back, so they won’t move, I’ll use a black pen to trace right around those
sentiment strip masks. It’s hard to see them in the picture here, however they are there, and
I’m just using my black pen to trace around them,
this is very easy to do, you can either use a super fine tip pen, or once that’s a little bit wider, just depending on how much
you want them to stand out. I’ll link below to some black pens that I recommend for this use. So once I’ve traced all three
of the sentiment strips, I can remove the masks, and
then we have an open area where we can stamp out sentiments. If you do not have sentiment label dies like the ones I used, you
could just cut your own sentiment strips from masking
paper for this technique. Okay, so now it’s time to add sentiments into those three open areas,
I cut a few more masks with those label dies,
and I’m positioning it right over one of the openings. I’ll then take one of
my tiny word sentiments, and look from above,
you gotta get your head in front of the camera to do this, but I’m going to make sure that that’s centered right over that little mask, so now I can go ahead
and stamp on that mask, make sure I’m happy with the position, then remove the mask
and stamp it on my card. Now you could have positioned
it directly onto your card and stamped it, but at this point I don’t want to mess up my card. So by stamping onto a mask first, I can be sure I like the position, before stamping on my card,
this takes an extra few minutes, but that saves me a lot of time, from having to redo a
card, so here once again, I put a mask over the open area, I positioned the stamp,
I’m testing it here. If I’m happy with the
result, I can go ahead and stamp it into the open area. Sometimes taking the few
minutes to create a mask to make sure your position is just right, is worth the effort to make sure you come up with a card
that you’re happy with. Okay, so I went ahead and
used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens to color these in. If you’ve never used these pens, I will link to a video here,
showing more about them. The reason I like them,
is they can be used with or without water, and
you can blend with them and get beautiful results
that are similar to Copic, if you don’t use water, or
similar to watercolor, if you do. You could do any kind of coloring here, as long as you use a black ink that is friendly with that medium. I use the Gina K Amalgam Black Ink, which works with colored pencils, Zig Clean Color Real Brush, watercolor, Copics, and more, so it was safe to use with the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens. Once I did all of my coloring, I wanted to add some shadows
below the little sentiment strips so it looks like
there’s dimension to them. For this all you need
is a light gray marker. I decided to use the chisel
tip of my C5 Copic Marker. This is a great gray color,
and I’m using the die as a straight edge, you could use a ruler or a straight edge if you prefer. So I’m just drawing a line underneath my little sentiment
strips so it looks like there’s some dimension to it,
this seems subtle at first, but on the finished card
it really gives the look of dimension, I put a pretty
thick line under there, but you could do thin if you prefer. I also stamped the same
flower on a matching envelope from Gina K, this is a lucky clover color. And there we have our finished card. It has a look of dimension
with those sentiment strips, but this is actually one layer. So if you have trouble positioning your little sentiments
perfectly on a card, try creating a mask to just
test it out before doing it on your card, it can save
you a lot of time in the end. Okay, before we get into the
basic use of sentiment strips, I wanted to show you another creative use. This time I’m doing
negative sentiment strips. In this card, there are
die cut little windows where sentiments are set back. If you have any kind
of sentiment label dies or other shaped dies,
this is a great technique. So lets start with the background, I’m using the My Favorite
Things Radiating Halftone background stamp, and I’m inking this up with Simon Says Stamp Fog Ink, this is a great soft ink that’s subtle, and great for backgrounds,
I’m stamping this onto white cardstock, this
is a four and a quarter by five and a half inch piece. I have a lot of white cardstock and notecards precut to this size, since it’s what I use most often. But in this case I’m cutting
a half inch off the side, from that background we just stamped, and our notecard, because
I want one of the images to hang off the side of the card, and still fit in the envelope. So here I have a flower that I stamped from the Beautiful Flowers Two Stamp Set, That I showed you
earlier, and I colored it with the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens. I used the coordinating die to cut it out and I’m temporarily adhering
it to the edge of the card, where I want it to be
positioned in the end. I also have some sentiment strips, that I cut from those
sentiment label dies, and I cut them from
masking paper once again, so I could figure out where
I want them to be positioned. You can see I stamped the sentiment on it, just so I knew how far to the left I needed each of them to
be, and I’m using a T-Ruler to make sure that I
put them down straight. So again these are cut from masking paper so these are just
temporary, now that I know where I want each
sentiment strip to be cut, I can ahead and remove the flower, and then lay those masks back down. I’ll use the same sentiment label die and line it up with the
mask, and put a piece of tape over it temporary, so it doesn’t move, and then I’ll run it
through my die cut machine. This will cut a perfect
little sentiment strip in the location where we want
the first sentiment to be. Now you don’t have to use those masks to make sure you get the perfect
spot for your sentiments, however again I find it’s
helpful to use a mask just to make sure I get it right, and I don’t have to redo the whole card. Okay, so once I have all
of those little slots cut, I have my notecard, and I’m going ahead and adding that little flower
where I think it should be with that temporary adhesive,
now it’s time to stamp the sentiments, I’m using
my MISTI Stamping Tool. I find that the stamping
tool is very helpful for getting great positioning. I’m putting my sentiment
right into the first opening, then the second opening,
and the third opening. You could use an acrylic
block for this, but again, this will save me time, and
ensure I get it straight. There’s a grid on the door of the MISTI, and that will also help me make sure that I have my sentiments straight. Okay, so now I’m using my
anti-static powder tool, I’m stamping the three
sentiments with Versamark Ink, and then I’ll add white
embossing powder to it. When you have tiny little
intricate sentiments like this, I recommend using the Gina K
Detail White Embossing Powder, this is the best white embossing
powder that I’ve found. And when you heat-set it,
you’ll get perfect results for these tiny little
images, here’s a closer look, and you can see how
nicely they turned out. Now I can be sure my
sentiments are lined up with those little holes that we die cut, since we did all of those little tricks to make sure the
positioning was just right. I’m adhering a bunch of craft foam to the back of our stamped panel here, and using Gina K Connect
Glue to adhere it. I find that the more evenly
you put craft foam on the back of this, the better it
makes it through the mail, then putting just a few
foam dots here and there. So I’m putting adhesive
on the back of this, adding it right onto our card. Remember this card is now
five and a half inches by three and three quarter inches. I use some foam tape to add our flower over the sentiment strips, and
here is a regular envelope, and you can see how it still fits nicely. So we have that dimension,
so that our sentiments are set back into the
strips, which is a fun change from just adding sentiment
strips to the top of your card. In the center of the flower, I added some Nuvo Glitter Drops, just for
a bit of shine and dimension. Now that we’ve covered a few
unique ways to use sentiment strips on your cards, let’s
go back to the basics. This card features many sentiment strips. I’ll be using a few new
Simon Says Stamp stamp sets, this one has great
encouragement sentiments. I’ll be using this in a
video tomorrow, but today I’m using the My Sweet Friend,
that’s on the top of the set. In addition to this I’ll
be using the Tiny Words Set that I showed you earlier
and the Spiritual Sentiments. This is another new one,
I really like the God knew my heart needed you, I don’t think there’s a better sentiment out there. Also there’s Created to
create, Thank you, Grateful, Be strong and courageous,
many different sentiments. I really like that there’s a
variety of styles in that set. And also in this one, the Simon Says Stamp Uplifting Sentiment Stamp Set, I again will be using several from here, including You’re an
inspiration, You da you da best, Love you so hard, You are loved, You’re my favorite, and
I am so grateful for you. Okay, so now I’m going
to create a background with lots of these sentiments
that I just showed you. In my MISTI Stamping Tool
I have a four and a quarter by five and a half inch, white notecard. I’m starting in the top corner, and just positioning sentiments
very close to each other. This is one of my favorite
things to do for a background. I take a bunch of sentiments
from different stamp sets that I have, and put
them very close together, and stamp them on a background. I’ve done this in a video
before, and I’ll link to it here, if you want to learn more
about that technique. Once I have a bunch of sentiments down I’m inking it up with
Simon Says Stamp Fog Ink. This is that soft gray
ink that I used before, that’s great for backgrounds,
while I have those stamps positioned in my stamping tool, I can go ahead and make more cards. This time I’m going to use
a slightly darker gray, a more cool gray, this is the
Hero Arts Soft Granite Ink. And I’ll stamp that, and
now I have another notecard started so I can make a couple at once. Now it’s time to fill
in the rest of the area. I’m just going to move the
same sentiments to a new spot. I thought this was a good opportunity to show the difference between
the Simon Says Stamp Fog Ink and the Hero Arts Soft Granite. You can see the two here, a
lot of people ask about these. On the left we have the
Simon Says Stamp Fog Ink, which is a warm gray that’s very light. On the right we have the
Hero Arts Soft Granite, which is a cool gray
and a little bit darker. I really like both colors,
it just depends on the card. Now I’m going in with a
few little heart images to fill in any open gaps, now it’s time to add our sentiments to the top. I use those sentiment label
dies that I showed you earlier, to cut a few from some scrap
colors of cardstock that I had. I decided to go for a rainbow. I also used the same dies,
to cut from some other scraps of cardstock and I’m
keeping the negative space. This is another tip for stamping
perfectly onto thin strips. So here I’m planning out which sentiments are gonna go where from the different sets that I showed you earlier,
now this is a great tip, this is one of the best
ways to stamp perfectly onto little tiny die cuts of any shape. So here I have one of my small sentiments, and I’m just stamping it onto scrap paper using my stamping tool, doesn’t
matter where you stamp it. Then I’m taking that negative
space that I just showed you, and I’ll position it perfectly
around our little sentiment. You can do this with any
shape, stamp, or die. Once I have it positioned perfectly, I’ll pop my die cut into
that little negative space, and then I’ll stamp the sentiment onto it. Since I linned it up
with the stamp sentiment on the scrap paper, this sentiment will end up perfectly
positioned on the strip. If you have trouble die cutting
perfectly around the image, try this, where you first
stamp on scrap paper, line up a negative space around it, put your die cut into the opening, and then stamp onto the die cut. Now I know some people out
there will think it’s easier to die cut first and then stamp, but there are a lot of
people who have trouble seeing that perfectly, so
if you have trouble stamping perfectly onto a die
cut, try this technique. It can really make a big difference. And sometimes when you’ve spent
a lot of time on your card, you want to make sure you
get it just right at the end. So this trick is very helpful. So here again, I’m stamping
onto another sentiment strip, and you can see it’s perfect every time. So I did that on a bunch of
sentiment strips once I was done I went ahead and used my
trimmer to cut it down. I really like using my
Tim Holtz Tonic Trimmer. There’s a little ledge here on the bottom, I can line it up with that,
and then cut any excess off. So here are all of my sentiment strips, including this big one
that has the friend die cut from the Simon Says Stamp Friends Die Set. I put foam tape on the back of it, but I’m also going to
put some liquid adhesive onto that foam tape, the
reason I’m doing this, is it will help me to
position this sentiment strip perfectly in the center of my card. I’m using a T-Ruler, but by
putting that liquid adhesive on it I can shift it to the left or the right and kind of wiggle it around until I’m happy with where its positioned, I’ll do the same for all
the sentiment strips, I cut thin pieces of foam tape, put it on the back, put a
little bit of liquid adhesive, which allows me to wiggle it and move it around onto my card, to make sure I have it positioned
before it stays in place, that liquid adhesive will dry very strong and I don’t have to worry about it moving, and the foam tape still
gives it the dimension. You may notice that I’m using
a T-Ruler a lot in this video, It’s another one of my recommendations for making sure that your
sentiments are perfectly straight, it makes a huge difference,
and it’s an inexpensive tool. Okay, so I added all of my sentiments, along with a few die cut hearts. It’s a very simple card, but a great way to use a variety of sentiments
together on one card. Most stamp sets have little
sentiments that you can use, so you can grab them from different sets. This card design is also
great for using up scraps. Or using any sentiments of any occasion, for whatever card you may need. Okay, my last card example,
shows some floating little sentiment strips, with
some die cuts around them. Okay, so for this card I
stamped a bunch of green leaves from that Beautiful Flowers Two Stamp Set, that I showed you earlier, I
stamped them with green ink and now I’m just doing
very basic Copic coloring. When I do basic coloring,
all I do is some dark color towards the center, then medium color, and then light color towards the tip. And I don’t worry about blending, I did this with two
different shades of green, and I have the colors of Copic
markers listed at the top. But you could do any
coloring you may like. I then use the coordinating dies to die cut all of the stamped images, and I die cut from some craft foam. This adds dimension but
it die cuts beautifully with those wafer thin dies,
I then glued the craft foam die cuts to the back
of the stamp die cuts, so they have some beautiful
dimension to them, they look like little embellishments. This is a great way to add
dimension to your cards. And it doesn’t take time at all, once I had a bunch of die cuts
with craft foam on the back, it’s time to create our sentiment strips. This is another way to create them if you don’t have a stamping tool or dies. So I have an acrylic
block with grid lines, I highly recommend acrylic
blocks with grid lines, because they help you
with straight stamping. I lined up one of my small
sentiments with the grid line, I’m using an anti-static powder tool, since I’m doing heat
embossing, and I’m stamping right along an edge,
up against the corner, of a piece of scrap cardstock. This is just some scrap
green cardstock that I had. I’m then adding some
white embossing powder and heat setting it, by
stamping against the edge and the corner, I can easily
cut this into a perfect strip. I’m again using my Tim Holtz Trimmer, and I can see the edge of the trimmer, and where it will cut, and I can make sure that I have an even cut strip. There we have our little strip, and I can also use the
trimmer to cut it on the edge and make sure there’s an
even amount all around. So this is another way to do it, this is the way I most often do. But I’m excited that
companies are coming out with sentiment label dies,
because it makes it a lot easier. I really wanted to show
a few different ways to create sentiment strips in this video. Because everybody’s different, and what works best for you,
may not work best for others. So give them all a try and
see what works for you. I’m again using my T-Ruler to glue these onto a four and a quarter
by five and half inch card. Making sure they’re straight and centered. I’m using foam tape on the
back of my sentiment strips and a little bit of liquid
adhesive so I can move them around before I leave
them to dry on my card. The two small sentiments are
form the Tiny Words Stamp Set that I showed you earlier,
and the Thanks is from the Beautiful Flowers Two Stamp Set. The same set those leaves are from. I cut all my sentiment
strips to the same width so that they would kind of fit into a little rectangle at
the top center of my card. Next I’m going to put
those leaves around them. And I’m cutting the edge of
my leaves to make them look that they kind of are coming out from the edge of my sentiment strips. So I’m starting around
the sentiment strips and working my way out
to fill in the card area. I’m using liquid adhesive which
works great with that craft foam that we have on the
back of our die cuts. I’m leaving a little bit of gap between those die cut leaves,
and the sentiment strips, now remember, anything you cut off from these little die cuts, you can use on the edge of your card
to fill in the space. So I’ll continue to do this process, again starting at the center
and working my way out, filling in all the open areas. Every once and a while I
stop and cut the excess off, so that I can use those excess pieces to fill in some of the
gaps, I also went in and added some Lucy’s Cards Gems to some of the open areas
for a little bit of sparkle. So there you can see
those sentiment strips that we created just
by stamping on the edge of some scrap cardstock, and
cutting it with our trimmer. I added everything with
craft foam or foam tape, so there’s lots of dimension,
this is a great way to get more looks out
of your sentiment strips and little images that you
may have in your stamp sets. So there you have a few different ways to create perfect sentiment strips and different techniques for
using them on your cards. I hope you’ll give this a try,
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