Wednesday, December 1, 2010

A Whole New World

I just unmounted my first wheel! *gasp!* I have bought some wheels with the express purpose of unmounting them, but I just haven't gotten my nerve up to take the plunge. It was scary, and a bit liberating. I just snipped the seam with my Craft & Rubber Scissors, and then pulled it off. Not hard at all.

Why? I wanted to recreate a border I saw in a past Stampin' Success (demo magazine). It uses multiple colors, and I just don't feel confident it getting it inked right and stamped straight.

What now? Well, I am going to mount it on my clear blocks with double-stick tape, put a mouse pad under my project, and then stamp with it (the mouse pad provides the cushion). So let's go!

[insert jeopardy music - LOL!]

Well, I'm back. The unmounted wheel stamping went pretty well. It isn't as crisp as I would like it, but it may be my rubber needs cleaning first (not sure if I have used this wheel yet).

I dug up an old Mojo Monday sketch to help fill out the card. And I wanted to use a color combo I love, Tangerine Tango and Chocolate Chip.

Well, although I like the card, I think I got off the path. This was to be a card for my nephew, and I think I might have tipped the girly scales when I was following the sketch, thinking that butterflies would be a good background for trees, scallop edge punch, etc. Oh well. I did manage to refrain from sewing.

Stamps: Trendy Trees, Funky Forest wheel; Paper: Old Olive, Bashful Blue, Chocolate Chip, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Bashful Blue DSP, Old Olive DSP, Certainly Celery DSP; Ink: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Tangerine Tango, Old Olive marker, Chocolate Chip marker; Accessories: Old Olive ribbon, Scallop Edge punch, Dimensionals.

Have you thought about unmounting a wheel stamp? They are very economical at $6.50-8.50. And some wheels have great sentiments!

Thanks for stopping by!


Cindy said...

This is so kewl, Heidi...I love the rolling hills of different DSP - I am so going to borrow that idea!!! TFS!

Shelley said...

Cool idea! Just bought a wheel with the intent to unmount it. Can't wait to try it. Great card too!

Yapha said...

You are a very brave woman! But that card is gorgeous, so the end result is worthwhile.

Debra Burgin said...

What a brave new world you have entered! I love the hilly scene on this card. Must get this set out again.

Sara Mattson-Blume said...

I love the DSP, and trees! Then, the border with the unmounted wheel images is just perfect!

Anonymous said...

I found a great tutorial on unmounting wheels! You use a glue called Alene's tack it over and over. Haven't tried it yet, but hoping it will work. Great card too!

Carmen said...

Great card!! Unfortunately I am not brave enough to do that yet!

Anonymous said...

I learn sooo much every time I log in - thanks for this technique! I'll talk about it at stamp camp but don't have the courage yet for the plunge.

Mickey Roberts said...

Great idea!