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Technique Spotlight: Slatted Blinds

I have no idea if I came up with this technique myself, or if it's out there in some way, shape or form already. Regardless, I decided I needed to come up with a name for it. Cuz it's pretty cool. I used the Soft Seedlings stamp set because I thought the leaf would be the perfect stamp for this technique.

I put the question out there to my Facebook followers to see if they had some ideas about what the technique should be called. I got some cool answers...

"Slatted technique maybe?"


"Window blind look"


"Roman shade!"


"Shiplap card!"


"Venetian blind?"


And there were others. These, though, all had the same sort of feel of home decor, and I liked that idea. Home decor has a homey and cozy feel, so I decided that would be the direction I wanted to go with the name. "Slatted Blinds," it is!

For this card, I started with two pieces of Very Vanilla cardstock measuring 3 3/4" x 5." I positioned the first in the Stamparatus using the Washi tape I keep on it, then positioned the leaf the way I wanted it on the cardstock. I closed the plate over the stamp because I wanted to be sure to stamp the leaf image the same exact way on both pieces. I stamped the leaf on the first piece of Very Vanilla in Old Olive ink. Then I positioned the other piece of Very Vanilla cardstock in the same exact place, using the Washi tape as a guide. I stamped the leaf in Garden Green ink this time.

I took the Garden Green leaf piece and cut strips off that top edge: first 1/2", then 1/4", then 1/2", then 1/4"...all the way down the leaf, stopping when I cut the last of the leaf and seed pods.

I then adhered every other strip to the Old Olive leaf piece of Very Vanilla cardstock using Stampin' Up!®'s Adhesive Strips, right in the place they belong so that the leaf image lines up with the leaf image underneath.

I think the look these slats leave is so cool!

To finish the card, I mounted that finished Very Vanilla cardstock on a piece of 3 7/8" x 5 1/8" Garden Green cardstock, wrapped linen thread around it, then mounted it onto an Old Olive card base measuring 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", then folded in half. The sentiment was stamped from the Soft Seedlings stamp set in Garden Green ink.

You can see the list of supplies I used - along with links to my online store - at the bottom of this blog post. Do better with visual step by step? You can watch as I put this card together:

I loved the look so much, I got a little crazy and tried a similar idea in a couple other ways. I tried a checkerboard pattern using Daffodil Delight cardstock and the Daisy Garden stamp. The tree card took forever as I used the Stamparatus to apply different colors to each card. I then cut one of the scenes into half inch squares and chose some at random to fit them into place on the complete scene and popped them up with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Which was is your favorite? The original captured my heart, but these are magically unique.

Happy stamping, my crafty friends!


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