Never be afraid to try something different! This is what I did yesterday for today’s card and I am so, so pleased with the result! The card is exactly how I had planned it, except I hadn’t considered colouring the flowers and leaves! My first attempt was a failure because I used Stampin’ Blends and they stained the heat-embossed white outlines, which is something I should have realised would happen! DOH!
Fortunately, I had experimented on a small test piece of Smokey Slate Cardstock (CS) which I had stamped and heat-embossed a small area with the blossom stamp. I also tested my Blushing Bride Stampin’ Write Marker and deliberately painted plenty of it directly onto the Whisper White Stampin’ Emboss Powder. When I’d finished, I rubbed over the embossed areas with a piece of kitchen towel and the white came up a very shiny bright white!
I started my card with a Smokey Slate CS card base, then a layer of Blushing Bride CS with a top layer of Smokey Slate CS. With the top layer, I used my Grid Paper to line up the centre and I lined up Post It Notes from top to bottom. Next, I used my Embossing Buddy to wipe over the exposed section. Before I inked the blossom stamp with Versamark, I used tape to cover the last part of the stem (because I didn’t want to stamp it).
After I removed the tape I stamped the blossom slightly off the top. I re-inked the top of the stamp and lined it on the bottom part of the card, trying to avoid any overlapping. After I removed the Post It Notes, I sprinkled the Versamark with Whisper White Stampin’ Emboss Powder. I repeated this same procedure on the small bottom right-hand corner of the Smokey Slate CS layer for the inside of the card.
I started colouring the flowers using my Blushing Bride Stampin’ Ride Marker Pen, and then I used my Pear Pizzazz Pen to colour the leaves. When I had finished I wiped over the whole area with a sheet of kitchen towel to bring the white embossing up to a good shiny bright white. As I’m sitting here writing my blog, I have my card standing up in front of me and I’m wondering what my card would look like if I did the painted white embossing image all over the top layer??
I adhered the two top layers together and wrapped a piece of retired Blushing Bride Ribbon around the layers. I did try tying a bow, but needless to say on one occasion I wanted my bow to go sideways, it stayed perfectly straight! GRR! I kept looking at the blank right-hand side of my card and eventually decided to leave it as it is so there isn’t any distraction from the left-hand side image. My final touch was adding a Basic Pearl to the centre of each flower plus and on the sentiment.
I chose the BIRTHDAY CHEER TO YOU ALL YEAR sentiment which is from the Parcels & Petals Stamp Set and heat-embossed it in white on Smokey Slate CS. After checking which dies would cut the sentiment and fit on the card nicely, I chose the second size oval from the Stitched Shapes Dies. I layered it on Blushing Bride CS scalloped oval which I had die-cut using the number 3 oval die from the Layering Oval Dies.
I adhered the Smokey Slate CS layer onto the Blushing Bride CS and adhered it inside the card. I can’t remember ever trying this technique before nor can I recall ever seeing anyone else doing it but I must have done! I’m pleased with my card and can’t wait to use it again, but in a different way – maybe I’ll do the entire top layer if I can decide what to do on top!
Well, I think that’s about it from me today. I hope you have a great weekend, and I look forward to being back with you tomorrow. In the meantime, happy crafting.
Cardstock Layer Sizes: Europe & South Pacific (A4) Card base 8¼” x 5¾” scored and folded at 4 1/8” First layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5½” Top layer: 2 pieces 3¾” x 5 3/8”
Cardstock Layer Sizes: North America (Letter-size) Card base 8½” x 5½” scored and folded at 4¼” First layer: 2 pieces 4” x 5¼” Top layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”
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