Friday, September 9, 2011

Remember the Crimper?

The fall issue of Take Ten includes a spread of colorful, highly embellished cards that use corrugated cardboard. Seeing them made me want to break out my paper crimper and see what I could do with it.

You could say that I went in a COMPLETELY different direction than the inspiration cards.

You would be right.


To make this card, I ran a piece of Papertrey white through the crimper multiple times, rotating it 90 degrees each time. This repeat crimpling breaks down the paper fibers and gives you a pretty soft piece of paper. There won't be problems mailing this. The small leaf is from Martha Stewart, the larger leaf punch is either EK or Marvy. Not sure. Everything is glued. No dimensionals needed.

All-white cards need texture. And yes, texture plates and expensive machines are more stylish and versatile than the old-fashioned crimper, but I don't have texture plates and expensive machines.

I have a crimper.

And I'm not afraid to use it.

What are your favorite "old-fashioned" stamping tools?

Supplies
stamps: Papertrey
ink: Memories Soft Silver
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: Fiskar's Paper Crimper, leaf punches

26 comments:

  1. FAB-B-LOUS!!! Love what you did with this. I'd say the Stamp-a-ma-jig is one of my favs. Amazing little tool.

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  2. Beautiful card! I have a crimper and a small and inexpensive corner rounder that I use frequently.

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  3. Great card! The crimper was my first must have tool. Just recently dug it out and started using it again. Did you notice the paper lanterns on page 59 of Take Ten made from crimped circles?

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  4. What a beautiful card! I have a crimper and I'm not afraid to use it either.

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  5. Wow, Susan. This is beautiful. I don't have texture plates and expensive machines, either, so I truly appreciate you showing me how to create texture and interest without them. :-)

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  6. Great card!! I've not been stamping for very long so I don't really know what tools are considered old fashioned! LOL! I do have a crimper but have not used it yet. And I do have a Big Kick and embossing folders that I love to use. I don't like just any embossing folder, but some of them give a really elegant look to a card and those are the ones I like to use. I don't care much for most patterned paper, but I really like an embossed background.

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  7. Susan, That is quite an interesting and attractive card. I would never have thought of this combination. You are such an inspiration.

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  8. mab822, yes I noticed the lanterns. So very cool! In fact, there are a lot of cool little details in that magazine.

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  9. Oh my gosh I love this card - the white on white is so elegant. And a leaf in white is so unexpected. Funnily enough, my crimper is sat on my desk right now for a project I have in mind - it feels almost retro to use it :) Happy weekend!

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  10. That's a great card....texture and white on white...I've never had a crimper.

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  11. Thanks for the reminder that the crimper is still a handy tool--lightweight, non-electric, needs no batteries and takes up very little space! So why do I forget to use it??? The most used "tool" on my table is the Ott lamp--I'd be lost without it!

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  12. Oh yes, I did notice the corrugated cards in the new TT. I also had to run right to my stamp room and pull out some OLD pieces of the crimped/corrugated that you used to be able to buy and make a card. Finally, it is trendy again and I can make a bundle of cards with that stuff and get rid of it! But, I really like your crimper idea in that it softens the heavier wt paper...brilliant! And, as always, you make one heck of a gorgeous card WITHOUT needing a million bells and whistles. Thank you!

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  13. My crimper was my first "must have" tool, as mab822 said. I tend to forget about it these days. You've reminded me how much texture it can add to a card...and so easily.
    Great card! White on white appears to be easy to do, but it really isn't. You've done it beautifully!

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  14. This all-white card is beautiful. I'd never have thought of something like this for a Thanksgiving card, but it's surely appropriate. Its whiteness is stunning. Gorgeous! My old fashioned stamping tools are the ones I found before I discovered SU, Papertrey, even Michael's, and other great companies. Like non-name-brand stamps and ink pads from Wal-Mart that didn't nearly compare to the higher quality stuff from said companies. I even got a crimper --- from the Dollar Store! Need I say it didn't work well? I cringe when I think of those early cards!

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  15. Beautiful card, Susan - I'd never have thought of doing an all-white autumn card!

    What do you think of this issue of Take Ten? I remember last issue you said there wasn't much CAS - is this one better?

    My favourite "old-fashioned" tool is my heat gun and embossing powder - that was what got me hooked on card-making and I still love it.

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  16. so pretty! my favorite simple tool is the old brass templates for embossing cuz you can also sponge ink or chalk designs with them too!

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  17. One of my favorite "old fashioned" tools is heat embossing. Sparkley gold on white glossy is simple and elegant. Heat embossing really impresses those who don't stamp also.

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  18. Great white on white card!
    I have some manual texture plates from Fiskars, the kind that give your wrist a work out. Haven't used them lately. No fancy machines here either, I don't even have a crimper. I love punches, your cards have inspired me to get more of those:)

    Petra

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  19. I have a crimper, those old, awful punches that are diabolical to use and deco scissors. Just when I think about getting rid of them, I dig them out from under the bed and use one.

    I also have a Cuttlebug, but it only cost me $35 so I wouldn't call it expensive. Come to the dark side, Susan.

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  20. Love white on white cards and of course I love maple leaves being Canadian and all :) Also love using my crimper so this card is right up my alley. Well done :)

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  21. My heat gun, which I bought 16 years ago when I first began stamping. It's still going strong!

    Love your card!

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  22. Oh this is a brilliant look Susan.

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  23. Oh wow, this is fabulous!!!! So simple, but so classy!

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  24. Amazing card - thank you for your inspiration - I stumbled upon your blog and I appreciate not only your cards but also your writing.

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  25. What an elegant card. I love the reversal of the smooth large leaves and the crimped small leaf. I have been a fan of heat embossing forever. :P

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  26. always looking for ways to use this tool - into my idea bank!!

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