So tonight is the BIG night!  You can see the all-new Faux Ribbon set, in its entirety, TONIGHT, midnight EST at Papertrey Ink!  We also have another goodie up our sleeves!  We will also be debuting full-size Palette hybrid ink pads in 30 colors!  Many have raved about how well they work with acrylic stamps, and I have to say, their Noir pad is my FAVORITE black.  These ink pads would be a great addition to your collection, even if you just get one to try them out!

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On to today’s project!  One of the benefits of acrylics is the ability to bend and manipulate them to suit your vision.  Here I have used the scalloped line stamp to create a circle.  I just temporarily adhered a 1-1/4" cardstock circle to my block and applied the stamp around its edge.  You can do this with almost all of the linear stamps in the Faux Ribbon set.  You could also make ovals if you like. 

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As you can see from this photo, you will end up being "a scallop short" in completing your circle, just because of the way the ends of the stamp are formed.  You could just ink up one scallop and add it as a second step to complete the circle.  Or you can take the quick and easy route (that’s what I’m all about!) and cover the area with an embellishment. (see completed card below)

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And here is another quick tip.  The Faux Ribbon stamps measure 4-1/2 inches wide, and work perfectly with vertical cards.  There are two things you can do if you would like to use them on a horizontal card.  You can stamp each element twice, side by side, making the ribbon longer.  When you adhere the ribbon to the card, you can cover up the "seam" with your accent.  Or you can do what I have done here, and just cut the 4-1/2" ribbon, and hide the gap with your accent!

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The Faux Ribbon set also included four itty bitty flourishes!  They are perfect to add above and below your sentiment when you need to fill in the "dead space" of a circle or square.   It makes it easy to incorporate your accent color as well.

So I hope to see some of you at midnight tonight!  Don’t forget, along with the new Faux Ribbon projects created by our design team, we will also be announcing the two winners of the Guest Star Stamper contest!  Hope to see you there!

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ETA: Several of you have emailed me asking exactly HOW you would bend the stamp into the  shape of an oval.  I just played around a bit real quick and found that the large oval punch from SU! provides the perfect template.  The oval is not as easy to work with as the circle shape, but it definitely can be done.

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After I stamped the oval, I found that the small oval punch (stamped with a sentiment) can be matted with the large oval punch, and fits in the frame perfectly.  You do have to cut the dotted frame by hand, but that is fairly simple since you can use the edge of the dots as your guide.

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