As those of you on my newsletter list know, I've been hip deep in boxes in the Craft Room getting all my retired "stuff" ready for my New Catalog Open House a week from Saturday.
But this morning, there was a Chat & Challenge on my SUDSOL (Stampin' Up! Demo) group, so I took a break to make a card.
This card is a mix of new and continuing products. The "new" is the Pear Pizzazz Card Stock, the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder that I used for the card front, and the Early Espresso color of the background card stock and the ink. Continuing from the last catalog are the Pretty in Pink Satin Ribbon and Card Stock, the Scallop Circle Punch (though now it's being offered in the new punch style) and the Lovely Letters Alphabet Stamp Set. Nice combo, I think!
Here are a couple of the techniques that I used to put this card together:
- I measured and cut the top (Pretty in Pink) and bottom (Pear Pizzazz) card stock so that, together, they made up the 5-1/4" x 4" central layer. Then I used standard transparent tape to hold them together at the back. Then I took this entire piece and ran it through the Sizzix Big Shot with the Vintage Wallpaper embossoing folder. So everything is nicely lined up.
- Rather than use Stampin' Dimensionals to raise the scalloped motif up from the background paper, I cut 4 pieces of Pretty in Pink Card stock and glued them all together with Crystal Effects to make a thick element to apply to the background. With that raised embossing on the card, I didn't think that the dimensionals permitted the motif to stay on so that it looked even.
- I used a sponge and some Early Espresso ink around the edges of the monogram motif and around the Pink/Pear layer. I think it gives it a nice "vintage" look. Next time I may try inking the ribbon, too. But it's so pretty by itself!
- I embossed the monogram letter. I first stamped the letter in Early Espresso. Then, using my Stamp-a-ma-jig I stamped over it with VersaMark, then applied clear embossing powder and heated it to a shine.
Now I have the beginning of some stationery – and one of the projects for my techniques classes that will be starting in the fall!
Here are the layout measurements for this card. Have fun making your own! As always, if you make a card using one of my sketches, I'll be happy to feature it in one of my blog posts!