A Favorite Technique – and a Tutorial!

Aloha, all!

     While I've been working on making some more Easter Cards, I was given a challenge to write a blog post that focused on a technique that I just could not live without.  You'll see some Easter cards with this technique in the next few days, but I also had a challenge to use the Peaceful Petals Stamp Set, so decided to move just a bit away from Easter for today.


     The technique that I'm demonstrating here is one of the very first stamping techniques I learned – masking.

     The basic idea of using a mask is to allow one image to appear on paper as if it has been stamped in front of another image.  To do this, first stamp the image you wish to appear in front of all other images.  Then stamp a duplicate of that image on paper with removable adhesive on it (such as sticky notes), cut it out, and place it on top of the main stamped image.  With the mask on the first image, stamp the second image.  Remove the sticky paper and it will look as if the first image is on top of the second, and none of the second image will appear stamped over the first.

     In today's card I have masked the images twice:  one stalk of leaves appears on top, the flower appears behind that stalk, and another stalk appears behind the flower and the first stalk. While I was making the stamped oval for this card, I took some photos so that I could illustrate the step-by-step process.   With photos in hand, a tutorial can't be far behind – and in fact it's "behind" this link

     Masks can be reused many times.  Usually after I’ve cut and used a mask, I store it in the box with the stamps (either wood mount or clear mount). 

     If, like me, you started using the masking technique decades ago, you can rest assured that the technique is the same today as it was then – but now we have sticky notes that can be used in many masking projects.  The tutorial covers that as well as another product that's good for this.

     I hope you enjoy the tutorial!  If you're using Stampin' Up! products to make your project, I'd be more than happy to put it on my blog if you'd like!  Just send it to me in an e-mail.  Have fun with it!

     Here are some of the Stampin' Up! products that I used in this project.  All you have to do to learn more about them – or purchase them from my Stampin' Up! store – is to click on a picture!





Posted on : Apr 12 2014
Posted under Challenges, Sizzix, Stamping |

An Easter Bouquet!

Aloha, all!

     Here I am again with another Easter Card made with some of my favorite Stampin' Up! products.  Have you noticed that most of the Stampin' Up! products I've brought up in my blog posts have, at one time or another, had the word, "favorite," applied to them?  That's because I'm fickle at one time or another they all are!  Of course, this time of the year products with Easter colors or an Easter theme have all my attention!


     So today, I've decided that Calypso Coral and Daffodil Delight are my favorite Easter colors, and the gorgeous tulips from the Blessed Easter Stamp Set are my favorite image.  Actually, Blessed Easter isn't a stamp "set."  It's just one stamp in a box, which makes it oh, so, affordable as a last minute Easter stamp!

     You'll see by looking at the product summary at the end of the blog post that there is also a sentiment on this stamp.  Once again, I've separated the sentiment from the image on this stamp so that I can use these lovely tulips for something other than an Easter card.  You might suggest that I just use a marker to color the image and not the sentiment.  But I am probably NEVER going to use this stamp without using blender pens to color them in.  I find that, no matter how careful I am, I always managed to smear the outline ink unless it's Jet Black StazOn (there are other StazOn colors, but Stampin' Up! features only the Jet Black and White).  In short, it's just easier to have the image separate from the sentiment.

     I only used two colors to color in the tulip flowers – Calypso Coral Stampin' Classic Ink and Daffodil Delight Stampin' Write Marker.  I colored the flowers all over with Daffodil Delight, then used a Blender Pen and the Calypso Coral ink to lightly color the edges, ending with a darker outline in some of the edge areas.  For the leaves, I used blender pens with both colors – Pear Pizzazz Classic Ink and Gumball Green Classic Ink.

SFFSketch     Then there's the layout.  Did I mention that this is Friday and that I made this for the Sketch Frenzy Friday Challenge?  And, as I frequently do, I turned the sketch around a bit.  But I'm sure you can see that I kept all of the elements!

     Of course, this sketch is a rectangle and my card is an oval, with the card base and layer cut with dies from the Ovals Collection Framelits.  But, hey, I was thinking Easter Eggs!  Now that we've gotten beyond that, I used Daffodil Delight 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon to tie my project together with a gift bow and ribbon.  And I even added my sentiment – from Teeny Tiny Wishes - so it's horizontal on the card!  That's what challenges are for – to challenge us to be creative!!  Not TOO creative, but just enough.

     Speaking of creativity, when I first started putting this card together I didn't emboss the Whisper White Cardstock oval.  But I decided, as I often do, that the big white space needed something more.  So I went through all my embossing folders and finally decided on the Beautifully Baroque Embossing Folder. The final step was to sponge the edge of that oval before adhering it to the front of the card.

Back     There are many different ways to make a card using quite a few of Stampin' Up!'s Sizzix Framelits.  For this card, I cut two full pieces of Calypso Coral Cardstock with the largest oval in the Ovals Collection Framelits.  Then I trimmed about 1/4" off the side of one of them that would normally have been the "fold" side.  I cut a folded piece of Whisper White Cardstock using the second largest oval, bringing the folded inside the cutting edgel of the framelit just a bit so that it wouldn't be cut as it was run through the Sizzix Bigshot.  I added adhesive to one side of the outside of the folded Whisper White oval and adhered it to the cut piece of Calypso Coral.  Then I added adhesive to the other outside part of the folded oval and adhered the card front, matching the scallops up wth the cardstock that had been adhered to the back.

     And my new Easter card was finished!

     Here's a recap of some of the products that I used for this card.  If you have any questions about any of them, please let me know.  Or you can click on any of the pictures and you'll be whisked away to my Stampin' Up! store where you can read all that Stampin' Up! had to say about any of them – and you can order anything right then and there!









Posted on : Apr 10 2014
Posted under Challenges, Sizzix, Sketch Frenzy Friday, Stamping |

My Take on a Magazine Project!

Aloha, all!

     Today I received one of my favorite pieces of e-mail news – that one of my favorite magazines was ready for me to peruse online!  This time the magazine was CardMaker magazine, and it's one that ALWAYS gtives me fun ideas.   This month was no exception, with a fun tutorial to make a Floral Clutch Card.  So I had to get my Stampin' Up! stamps, papers, cardstock and tools out right away to make it!


     Unfortunately, the instructions had several incorrect measurements in them, so my first try was not quite what I had hoped it would be.  Nonetheless, I thought it was good enough to share with you.  In fact, now that I know what the measurements SHOULD be, and now that I have a sense of how to use Stampin' Up! products to their best advantage in this card, I've decided to write my own tutorial for both me AND you to use!

     But, no, I'm not offering it here.  I still have to write the tutorial, including photos, measurements, and layouts – and I'm going to be sharing it with you in my April 2014 Newsletter!  Not on my Newsletter mailing list?  All you have to do is complete the form up on the left, click Submit, and you'll be on my list!  When you sign up,  you'll get yet another tutorial just as a gift for signing up.  So sign up today, and you'll have two tutorials before you know it!

     I'll be publishing my Newsletter next Tuesday, April 8th, so don't delay!

     Now off to check out some of the other projects in this month's magazine – and make at least one or two more with Stampin' Up! products – and I'll be sure to share them here!


Posted on : Apr 02 2014
Posted under Announcement, Sizzix, Stampin' Up! Tools, Stamping |

The Last Day of Sale-a-Bration 2014!

Aloha, all!

     Monday, March 31, 2014, is the last day of the best Stampin' Up! promotion of the year – Sale-a-Bration!  To help you decide whether you might really want some of the Sale-a-Bration products, I've created one last greeting card using some of my favorite Sale-a-Bration products!

Lasdf Day of SAB

     My very most favorite product in this year's Sale-a-Bration catalog is the Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper.  You've seen me use several of the sheets of this paper in previous projects, but I haven't made much use of the tone-on-tone Crisp Cantaloupe sheet.  That seemed to be the perfect sheet to go with the central layered element of this card.

     And that central layered element is where this card started.  I looked around and found I've not yet shared with you the Petal Parade Stamp Set.  What fun this set is, and I'm glad I got to use two of the stamps in this project.  The first is the horizontal floral element which I stamped three times across the top half of the Whisper White Cardstock, using Crisp Cantaloupe Classic Ink.  The second stamp is the scalloped design stamped, again three times, across the bottom half of the Whisper White cardstock.

     In between these two stamped rows I added a cordI made using all three colors of the twine in the Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack.  There's a quick video on how to make a basic cord here if you'd like to try this.  It's key to tie the ends of the cord you're going to use in a knot before you cut it or it will all spring apart pretty quickly! I especially like the way that the cord accents the striped piece of Designer Series paper on the bottom of the card. Do please note that I didn't attach the cord until the rest of the card was done.  I drew a line of Tombow Multipurpose Adhesive across the middle of the central layer and then laid the cord on it pressing a bit until the adhesive started to dry.  Then I let it sit for a couple of minutes before I set the card up to photograph it.

     To make the scalloped top of the central layer, I used the Large Scalloped Edgelit on both the Whisper White cardstock and on a piece of Coastal Cabana Cardstock.  I have to tell you that I find it too complicated to figure out exactly how high a piece of cardstock needs to be to mat another piece of cardstock when an edgelit or framelit is involved.  So for the bottom, I just cut a 1/2" strip of Coastal Cabana to mat it.

     I stamped the sentiment on the bottom section of the card using Jet Black Stazon Ink directly onto the Designer Series Paper.  If you look around at the other sheets in this Designer Series Paper set, you'll see that Black is one of the accent colors in several of them.  So I decided just to make black an accent in my design, starting with the stamped sentiment.  That, of course, is from yet another Sale-a-Bration product, the See Ya Later Stamp Set.

    To finish off the card, I layered the Designer Series Paper and Central Layered Sections onto a piece of Basic Black Cardstock, and then mounted the entire card front onto a Coastal Cabana Cardstock card base.

     And that's all there is to this card – some basic cardstock and ink and Sale-a-Bration 2014 products!  This is your last chance for these and many more products!  If you have any questions about how you can take advantage of getting these Sale-a-Bration products free, don't hesitate to call or e-mail me today – yes, TODAY!  It's the LAST DAY OF SALE-A-BRATION 2014!

     Here's a recap of the Sale-a-Bration products that I used in today's card:




Posted on : Mar 30 2014
Posted under Sizzix, Stamping |

Love The 2014 Sale-a-bration Papers!

Aloha, all!

     It's less than two weeks before this year's Stampin' Up! Sale-a-bration promotion is over!  Once March 31st comes to an end, you will no longer be able to order your FREE SET OF DESIGNER SERIES PAPERS with your $50 Stampin' Up! product purchase.  That's how I was able to get my own set of this paper – I had to place a $50 order of my own to be able to claim this freebie.  And there are 12 OTHER PRODUCTS ALSO AVAILABLE FOR FREE with a $50 purchase!  Don't delay if you've been on the fence about ordering anything this month!

News Flash!  Stampin' Up! is conducting an online class next week using Sale-A-Bration Bundles and THIS SET OF PAPERS!  Click here for more information!  Now back to our regularly-scheduled blog post!


     The paper on the top half of this card, as well as that in the middle of the three banners in the top left corner, are both part of the Designer Series Paper set you can order in this year's Sale-a-bration.  The set is called Sweet Sorbet, and the colors are just perfect for Spring – or for any occasions that calls for Subtle colors.  Think baby and bridal showers.  Think Mother's Day!  Oh, and think Get Well Wishes – that's the stamp I used from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set!

     Oh, and that texture in the bottom half of the card is also from a product that you can get FOR FREE during Sale-a-bration.  If you read the fine print in the Sale-a-bration brochure, you'll notice that this Decorative Dots Embossing Folder will be available to purchase after Sale-a-bration. But why buy it when you can get it FOR FREE!?!  I can't imagine why.

     But enough of my excitement about Sale-a-bration.  Let's look at this Get Well card and the other elements that are included in it. 

Sketch     As you might have guessed – since this is a Friday – I made this card for the Sketch Frenzy Friday challenge.  This time, I decided to do my best actually to follow the sketch and not futz around with it as I have the last few Fridays.  If you'll look at the three banners in the upper left corner of the card, you might notice that the notches in the ends of the banners are pretty even.  As I rarely cut that evenly, I used some Stampin' Up! Sizzix Framelits to make the banners.  The two on the left I made using the Banners Framelits Dies set that's in the current Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog.  The one on the right I made using the Bitty Banners Framelits that are in the Annual Stampin' Up! Catalog.  For all of them, I hand trimmed them to be the length I wanted them to be.

     Instead of running ribbon across the seam between the top and bottom halves of the card front, I used a piece of the Crisp Cantaloupe 3/8" Ruffle Stretch Trim and wrapped it around the top layer of my card. 

     For the element with the sentiment at the bottom of the card, I used three layers. The background layer is one of the dies from the Apothecary Accents Framelits set.  Then I stamped the Get Well Sentiment on a piece of Crisp Cantaloupe Cardstock and punched it with the Word Window Punch.  I then adhered it to a piece of Whisper White Cardstock and punched both layers with the Modern Label Punch before adhering it to the Apothecary Accents piece.  The adhered the whole element to the bottom of the card using Stampin' Dimensionals to bring it up to the level of the ruffles in the ribbon trim.

    So that's it for this card – really very simple!  This is a really fun sketch and you can use any papers that you have to follow the sketch design!  I hope you'll think about entering your project in the Sketch Frenzy Friday challenge. But whatever you do with your crafting this weekend, I hope you have fun with it!


Posted on : Mar 20 2014
Posted under Challenges, Sizzix, Sketch Frenzy Friday, Stamping |

A Rare Visitor to Robin’s Craft Room

Aloha, all!

     Did you know that all but one of the members of my Stampin' Up! downline do NOT live in Hawaii?!  I have lots of chances to visit and craft with my local downline.  But it's rare that I have another downline come to visit.  So imagine how thrilled I was to have the rare pleasure to welcome my downline, Gala Miller, from Alaska, along with her new mother-in-law, Robin Miller.  Gala has family on my island, and she and several relatives from Alaska, came to help celebrate her wedding!  Congratulations, again, Gala!

     But just because there's a wedding involved in this trip does not mean that Gala and Robin did not want to spent lots of time crafting, and they spent this morning with me!

Gala and Robin

     We set up a small card table in my Craft Room and they both agreed that they'd like to make the Box in a Card (aka Card in a Box) that's been all the rage for the last couple of months.  I'd just made my own Box in a Card a few weeks ago, and they decided to go with the same basic design as mine.  We all used the Backyard Basics Stamp Set and the Coordinating Backyard Basic Framelits Set to create the "pop up" part of this fun project.

     Gala, on the left in the photo above, loves anything purple, so used Elegant Eggplant and Wisteria Wonder Cardstock for most of her project, adding in some Pear Pizzazz as she got into embellishments her project.  She used the Designer Series Paper Set, Afternoon Tea with its nice touch of Wisteria Wonder in it.  Robin chose the Designer Series Paper Set, Gingham Garden along with Island Indigo and Soft Sky Cardstock.  You can almost see how many colors these ladies used to color in the stamped images with that large stack of Stampin' Write Markers – almost, because there are just as many markers that got cut off when I cropped the photo!

Here are their finished projects -


     Gala's project is on the top and Robin's is on the bottom. 

     Here's the project I made to give them some inspiration!  This is also the project on which I based my tutorial, which has detailed instructions along with photographs of each of the steps that I took to make the box.  If you'd like the tutorial and are not on my mailing list, just sign up by completing the form up on the left, and I'll send you a copy of the tutorial as soon as your sign up is complete!


     Oh, and if you're considering joining Stampin' Up! as a demonstrator, do consider joining up as part of my group, The Big Island Stampers.  OK – there are only 2 of us actually ON the Big Island of Hawaii!  But I take really good care of my downline who live elsewhere in the United States.  There are extra benefits if you join up during Sale-A-Bration, which ends on the 31st of this month.  If you'd like more information, just send an e-mail to robin@robinscraftroom.com.

     But whatever you do, I hope you have as much fun doing it as Gala, the "other Robin" and I had with our Craft Room project this morning!


Posted on : Mar 17 2014
Posted under Family and Garden, Sizzix, Stampin' Up! Tools, Stamping, Tutorial |

More Kaleidoscope? Yes, and Mini-Tutorials!

Aloha, all!

     After trying out the Kaleidoscope Designer Series Paper yesterday, I managed to leave it out on my work table while I tended to some other non-stamping projects.  Then I came back and got a reminder that it was time for my Sketch Frenzy Friday Design Team project.  So guess what paper I decided to use?


     Yep – Kaleidoscope (I'm trying to type that a lot this week so my fingers are used to spelling it correctly!) Actually, I did the sketch for this week's Sketch Frenzy Friday challenge, so it wasn't hard for me to decide to use this paper with all its triangles in so many different colors.  So why not go get that Triangle Punch and use that rather than stamping the triangles (great patterns in the Geometrical Stamp Set, though!)?  I picked three of the six sheets with triangles to use for this layout. 

      Once I had the triangles all laid out, I had to decide on my central image for the card.  Looking around for new products that I'd not yet used, I spotted my brand new Fringe Scissors AND the Starburst Framelits Dies from the 2014 Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog!  I'd been playing with them, but still hadn't gotten around to using them in a blog post project.  I decided now was the time!  So I cut a circle from the framelits set and added two layers of fringe all around!  The final piece of the central element was another geometrical shape, the Hexagon Punch, and two stamps from the Six Sided Sampler Stamp Set.

     Some Basic Black Candy Dots and Basic Black 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon to tie the project all together and I was done!

     And now for those Mini-Tutorials.  There are two: one for getting those triangles all nicely lined up and one for making the fringer for the circles.  If you'd like a copy of them (both on one sheet) just click here and save it or print it!

     Oh, and one other thing.  I mention in the tutorial about the triangles that I used my Grid Paper for lining up the elements on the cardstock.  The Grid Paper is a wonderful tool and a great buy with 100 11" x 17" sheets in a pad – and it's in the Stampin' Up! Catalog!  To order click here and add the Grid Paper (item #130148) to your shopping bag. 


Posted on : Feb 27 2014
Posted under Challenges, Sketch Frenzy Friday, Stampin' Up! Tools, Stamping, Tutorial |

Very Geometrical (maybe too much for me?)!

Aloha, all!

     You may have noticed that, in the Stampin' Up! Catalogs, products are grouped in "suites."  While I know that, I rarely find myself working just within a "suite" to make a card or other project.  This card, though, is a bit different.  I made a conscious decision to work with some products in one suite to try to make a card even if it wasn't totally my style.  Without really thinking, I chose the "Kaleidoscope Suite" from the Stampin' Up! 2014 Occaions Catalog to use for making a card.  What a challenge that turned out to be for me!


     Now it's not as if I haven't used products from this suite before.  I have.  I just haven't used them all together on one project!  And actually, this card doesn't use that many.  But it certainly does make for a card that's a bit different from what you usually see me make! 

     Here are the Kaleidoscope products included in this project:

  • The Geometrical Stamp Set (item #133158).  I stamped the "cheer up buttercup" stamp using Strawberry Slush Classic Ink and it came out better than I expected.  Strawberry Slush is not in thel set of colors I usually use.  But I decided it was going to be one I used in this project because it was in the papers I was going to use!
  • The Kaleidoscope Designer Series Paper set (item #132995).  What a strange (to me) set of designs and color combinations!  To start, I decided to use the monochrome polkadotted Bermuda Bay and "dotted" with triangles Crushed Curry sheets.  That was pretty inocuous.  But then I needed a bit more in the way of color, and ended up using a strip that included those colors as well as Basic Black.
  • The Hexagon Hive Thinlits Die (item #132965).  I used this to die cut through the Bermuda Bay piece so that the Crushed Curry piece of paper showed through. 

     To accent the card, I do as I am often wont to do and tied the project together with a piece of ribbon. In this case I used a piece of Crushed Curry 3/4" Chevron Ribbon which I tied into a knot over the strip of Kaleidoscope paper.

     I made the card base with Strawberry Slush Cardstock, and I also used the same cardstock to mat the multicolored piece of Kaleidoscope Paper.

     Now isn't that BRIGHT!!!  Of course it is, and that's why I thought to use the "Cheer Up Buttercup" sentiment.  How can you not want to cheer up when you see all those bright colors?!

     OK, now that I've got that out of my system, I do have to say I had fun with it.  But I'm planning on having some fun with some nice pastel flowers later on this week – and I'll have MORE fun with those!

     On the other hand, you may just find this Kaleidoscope suite of products just up your alley!  If so, I would be more than happy to have you visit my Stampin' Up! store to look at some more of the products in the suite and even purchase some for yourself.  If you have any questions about this, please do give me a call or send me an e-mail!  I'm sure you'll have fun with whatever you buy!

Posted on : Feb 26 2014
Posted under Sizzix, Stamping |

You Picked Some Nice Colors!

Aloha, all!

     Last week I posted a photo that I'd taken that morning of an orchid that was just opening in our garden outside my craft room window.  I couldn't quite decide what colors to use to make a card featuring the photo I'd taken, and I asked you to help me out with some suggestions for coordinating colors.


     The two most common colors suggested were Raspberry Ripple and Gumball Green.  I certainly hadn't considered Gumball Green when I was first contemplating the photo, but when I put a piece of Gumball Green cardstock next to the photo, those leaves popped right out!  While Raspberry Ripple had been in my thoughts, I was glad to have some confirmation that this might be the color to choose.

     It was the third color that was really interesting as I tried them all out.  I ended up using So Saffron as my "yellow" accent, but I certainly could see how Tangerine Tango, Pumpkin Pie or Daffodil Delight could have worked to bring out the color in the middle of the orchid's three petals.

     Other colors that were suggested were Rich Razzleberry, Perfect Plum, Cherry Cobbler, Real Red sponged with Cherry Cobbler, Strawberry Slush, and Primrose Petals.  The greens suggested besides Gumball Green were Always Artichoke and Old Olive.  There were even some suggestions to pick up the color of the palm tree on which the orchid is growing.  Those were Crumb Cake and Sahara Sand.

     I can just see this orchid in so many layouts with all those various colors!  Isn't it fun to see what Stampin' Up!'s Colors can do?

     It really does help to have a full collection of Stampin' Up! cardstock in all their colors!  And it is so inexpensive to do that.  All you have to do is buy one each of the color family sampler packs and you'll have 2 or 4 sheets of 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock in every color.  At just $6.95 each, it's a realy bargain!  Here are the stock numbers for each of the 6 sets:

  • 2012-2014 In Color  126838 (4 sheets each of 5 colors)
  • 2013-2015 In Color  131200 (4 sheets each of 5 colors)
  • Brights Collection  131190 (2 sheets each of 10 colors)
  • Neutrals Collection  131191 (2 sheets each of 10 colors)
  • Subtles Collection 131185 (2 sheets each of 10 colors)
  • Regals Collection 130029 (2 sheets each of 10 colors)


Posted on : Feb 17 2014
Posted under Family and Garden, Sizzix, Stamping |

A Golden Valentine!

Aloha, all!

     And welcome to another edition of Sketch Frenzy Friday!  As today is Valentine's Day, I just had to make my card not only to fit the challenge sketch for the week, but I also had to make it a Valentine's Card!

Valentine     Here's the sketch made for the group by fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator, Heidi Michel.  I don't always include a copy of the sketch we've been given to use because, for the most part, I stick with the outline provided by the sketch.  This time, however, I turned and rearranged the elements of the sketch a bit.  Well, maybe more than "a bit."


     On the other hand, it was this sketch that gave me the idea for this design in the first place, so my card surely qualifies for the challenge!

     I mentioned earlier in the week that I'd like to try to get as many stamps that I haven't used yet inked up and stamped onto a project as possible before the retired list comes out in May.  This heart from the Hearts a Flutter Stamp Set had yet to see ink before I made this card.  So there's another stamp out of the way!  The Be My Valentine stamp from Delightful Dozen has already been used once – on Tuesday's SUO Challenge card for this week!  So it's officially received enough attention, though I'd not like to see this particular stamp set be retired.

     Once I decided that the big circle on the sketch was going to be occupied by the Heart, I needed to figure out what to use to make the large banner.  I've been wanting to make more use not only of ignored stamp sets but also of ignored papers.  So I went to my box of specialty designer series papers, and there was that lovely Gold Fancy Foil Designer Velum (item #133363)So out that came.  But what would go well with it?  As I was looking up the item number for the Gold Vellum, the Gold Foil Sheets (item #132622) caught my eye.  Why not?!  So I cut a piece of the foil and laid it over the vellum and the rest of the card quickly took shape in my thoughts.

     One thought was that I would like to use the Heart design from the Adorning Accents embossing folder set.  A problem for me was that those hearts lie vertically along the length of the embossing folder.  If I laid the banner vertically as the sketch called for, those lovely little hearts would be sideways.  Rats!  But, as I couldn't change the hearts, I decided to change the sketch, as least as it applied to my card.

     After that everything else fell into place.  I used Real Red Cardstock as the card base and also as the base for the heart.  I stamped the heart onto a scrap of Real Red Cardstock using Versamark and Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder to make an embossed design that I cut out with the large heart from the Hearts a Flutter Framelits set.  Then I stamped the greeting onto the vellum only of the Gold Vellum Designer Paper using Real Red Classic Ink.  The ink does not stick to the gold foil!  I did have to adjust the layout of the designer paper so that there was a space on which to stamp the greeting.  But I didn't lose too much paper doing that.  The final touch was a layer of Gold Foil behind the Gold Vellum paper and a piece of gold foil punched with the Small Heart Punch to accent the larger heart.

     There are two pieces of this sketch that didn't quite come through in this design.  For one thing I just couldn't bear to cut a notch into the end of the goil foil strip.  I didn't think it would look very nice, and I didn't want to have to waste any of that gold foil just to prove myself right.  And then there's that little strip that runs perpendicular to the large strip.  With the dots on the Gold Vellum, I decided there was enough on this card for my taste so I left it off.  Gee, I hope they don't kick me off the Design Team!!  (Probably not.)

     I had a bit more fun making this card than I usually do just because there was a puzzle to solve, and I like solving puzzles almost as much as I like making greeting cards!  I hope whatever you do to have fun occasionally includes some puzzles to solve.  That definitely makes it better!



Posted on : Feb 13 2014
Posted under Challenges, Sizzix, Sketch Frenzy Friday, Stamping |