Alphabets, Tags and #stampingsunday

Welcome!  This Sunday I have creations for both the Creation Station creative tour and #stampingsunday.  For Creation Station, we’re using alphabet sets and things that either are or could be tags.  #stampingsunday this week is using the Party Pennants die.

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I created a couple of projects for today’s tour that are all about Fall.  I started with the Back to Basic Alphabet.  It comes in photopolymer which is great for lining up letters.  I found out a couple of things as I moved through my creation that I thought I would share.

1) It’s great that photopolymer is stained by the ink with which you are stamping.

Back to Basics Alphabet




Why?  If you have everyone worn contacts or know someone who has, you’ll understand.

You see, I dropped a clean stamp on the floor and it took a bit of looking to spot it.  The stained stamp would have shown right up.


2)  You may want to trim the footer on either side of each letter.  It’s a choice that will be reflected in the spacing of the letters when you make a work.  What’s the footer?

Trimmed and Untrimmed footer




The letter inside the yellow circle is untrimmed.  The footer is the extra bit of photopolymer that surrounds this letter.  I have trimmed the footer on either side of the letter inside the red circle.  Can you see the difference?  I don’t trim the bottom as that piece helps to line the letters up straight.


3)  Take the time to do a test stamp before you stamp your project.

Test Stamp from



As you can see, the first time I stamped the word “Carve” I had the letter “a” backwards.  I hadn’t noticed prior to my test stamp.  Oops!

This also helps you see any alignment adjustments that might be needed.




Now for my project.

Carve Out  Spot for Me Hamburger Box

I started with a Tangelo Twist box cut with the Hamburger Box Die.


Carve Out a Spot For Me tag from





Then I created this cute tag that began with a die cut from Party Pennants.  The cuts from this die just scream tags to me.  Using an image from For All Things and Tangelo Twist ink, I stamped on the Very Vanilla die cut.  Then I lined up the letters from the Back To Basics Alphabet to spell out my words and inked them with Mossy Meadow.


Color Me Autumn Washi Tape Stem



Using the same Color Me Autumn washi tape that was used as an accent on the tag, I created a stem.  The washi was folded in on itself and then gently wrapped around my paper snips.  Carefully using the Heat Tool, I heated the twist of washi just enough so that it would hold it’s new shape.

Finally, I added Mossy Meadow leaves cut with the Autumn Accents die.  After gluing them together, they were adhered to the tag with a Stampin’ Dimensional and the washi stem was attached with a couple of drops of Crystal Effects.


For my second creation, I decided to take something that was meant to be a tag and make it into something else.

Good to the Last Bite Box from




For this one, I used an image from Merry Everything that was inked with Versamark and Basic Black ink, then heat embossed with black on Pumpkin Pie cardstock.  The cardstock was punched with the Note Tag punch. (The stamp set and punch are one of the 15% off bundles in the Holiday Catalog).

Good to the Last Bite box side view






From this side view, you can see that I used Basic Black cardstock to create the box that fits my candy bar.


Good to the Last Bite box and Simply Scored








Between the punch that coordinates with the stamp set and using the Simply Scored board to create the box, this is a quick, easy way to package some Halloween treats for neighbors, friends or co-workers.



Thanks for stopping by and checking out my Creation Station and #stampingsunday creations.  Now it’s time to see what everyone else has created.  Click the “back” or “next” button to see the rest of the creative tour.


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  • Reply
    September 8, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Great Sara. Also love the tip about trimming. Love your creations!

    • Reply
      Sara Levin
      September 8, 2014 at 4:52 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Janet and leaving me a comment! I really enjoyed creating with you yesterday.

  • Reply
    Kathy Kartak
    September 7, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    What great projects! thanks for sharing your tips for trimming photopolymer alphabet letters.

    • Reply
      Sara Levin
      September 8, 2014 at 4:40 pm

      Glad you like the projects Kathy. I love little tips too!

  • Reply
    September 7, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Great projects. Thanks for all the tips on putting them together. Being a novice cardmaker, I need all the help I can get.

    • Reply
      Sara Levin
      September 7, 2014 at 1:35 pm

      Thanks HJ! Glad you enjoyed the projects and found the tips helpful. I’m always available as a resource.

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