I wish you could touch this card! The Natural Composition Specialty paper used for the card base is amazing. Look closely at the embossed texture. And because of the embossed texture, I used the permanent ink of Black StazOn ink to stamp the sentiment.
The star of the show on this card are punches: The Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, the Elegant Butterfly Punch and the 1″ Square Punch. Now it may not be obvious where I used the 1″ Square Punch, but if you watch this tutorial on creating the flag ends on this card, you’ll see how the square punch can be used to make this design easy work.
This beautiful scripted ‘Thank You’ is from the Blooming with Kindness stamp set. The four petal butterfly centers were first stamped with the Itty Bitty Bits stamp set and punched out with the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch. Once centered on each butterfly, I then added a Rhinestone to each.
Once again a very simple, clean design inspired by a sample in the Stampin’ Up! demonstrator magazine.
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Card Recipe:Stamps: Blooming With Kindness w-#126420 c-#126422, Itty Bitty Bits w-#117056 c-#120060Ink: Black StazOn #101406, Primrose Petals #126858, Summer Starfruit #126991Paper: Natural Composite Specialty Paper #126917, Patio Party Designer Series Paper #126916, Primrose Petals #126841, Summer Starfruit #126839Extras: Elegant Butterfly Punch #127526, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack #118309, 1″ Square Punch #124094, Basic Jewels Rhinestone #119246
A friend had out-patient shoulder surgery this week. She has been in pain for quite a while, so she was excited to have this surgery in hopes of some relief. I made this card to cheer her up and give her something pretty to look at while she is resting.
The flowers on this card are made with the flowers punched out with the Boho Blossoms Punch and the technique described in this tutorial below.
I punched five each of the different-sized blossoms from Regal Rose card stock, spritzed them with water, and layered them to create the three flowers. I then adhered each to a matching Bravo Burgandy blossom base.
The leaves were punched out of Summer Starfruit card stock with the Bird Builder Punch, the stems trimmed and glued behind the flower base.
To create the greeting label, I started with a Whisper White card stock, and repeatedly stamped the doily from the Delicate Doilies stamp set with Regal Rose ink stamped off once for a lighter application. The greeting is from the Thoughts & Prayers stamp set stamped with a StazOn ink pad.
After I did all my stamping, I positioned the Labels Collection Framelit to surround the greeting, ‘taped’ it down with post-it notes to keep it in place, and ran it through my Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine. I also die cut a second label out of Regal Rose card stock of the larger-sized framelit for layering.
To finish the card I embossed Whisper White card stock with the Perfect Polka Dot embossing folder, layered on Bravo Burgandy card stock, added ribbon and assembled the card.
This card reminds me of my friend’s gentle southern charm! I hope she likes it.
The Stampin’ Up! exclusive magazine for demonstrators is a wonderful source of inspiration. This past month it featured an article on stamping on ribbon using the new 7/8” Cotton Ribbon and the Border Banter stamp set, both on page 20 of the new Holiday Catalog. In the catalog you’ll see a candy box tied with the festive green stamped ribbon. Very playful and lovely!
My card uses the same layout and basic features of the stamped card found in the magazine. To create the ribbon flower, the ribbon is first stamped with Primrose Petals ink and ruffled in the middle and hot glued to a cardstock circle. Once the base of the flower was complete, I threaded a white twine bow into the clear Vintage Button and adhered that to the flower with glue dots.
The ‘make a wish’ greeting was also stamped on ribbon; this time using Black StazOn ink. A strip of Crochet Trim was affixed to the back of the ribbon and then the flag end was trimmed out with Craft Scissors. The Craft Scissors are wonderful and cut through ribbon and paper like butter!
A quick word about Craft Scissors and other tools – I used to think I was no good at baking cookies until I invested in long-lasting quality baking tools, like a baking stone and a cooling rack. When I started using the quality tools my experience with baking was transformed. Every batch was successful! Craft Scissors and other high quality Stampin’ Up! tools are invaluable in transforming your crafting experience into fabulous success!
The leaves are Little Leave Sizzlits cut outs. Using the tip of the Bone Folder, I creased the center of the leaves for a more natural look.
And finally, probably my favorite part of this card, the background! This background was featured in video #1 in the recent article 5 new Stampin’ Up! How-To Videos! Starting with the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, I used a brayer to roll ink on one side of the open folder. Then I sandwiched the cardstock in the folder and gently rubbed the inked folder over the Primrose Petals paper. That’s it. Instead of embossing the card front I just used the folder to ‘stamp’ the paper creating this lovely background! Watch the video if you’re still trying to figure out what I did!
Try the new ‘stamping with an embossing folder’ technique. Order your cotton ribbon today and start stamping!
The tag on this Bordering on Romance card is obviously the star of the show! And the lively color choice creates a lot of simple interest.
To make this project, start by creating a Whisper White card base. Cut the Wisteria Wonder, Cherry Cobbler and Lucky Limeade card stock to create the color block background. Then stamp the flowers with Versamark ink on the Wisteria Wonder and Lucky Limeade pieces to create the watermark. Stamp ‘Here’s to you’ in black StazOn and assemble card front.
To create the tag, start with a piece of Natural White card stock. Stamp the flower in StazOn ink. StazOn ink is a permanent ink that won’t smear when you watercolor the image. Use an Aqua Painter or blender pen with a bit of Cherry Cobbler and Lucky Limeade reinker to paint the flowers and leaves, and then punch out the tag with the Extra-Large Tag Punch.
After punching out the tag add Crystal Effects to the flower and leaves for shiny dimension. Crystal Effects is easy to use. Just gently squeeze out the liquid gloss and direct it where you want it with the tip of the bottle. After applying, I like to let it dry overnight just to be on the safe side. I hate messing up a project with my rushing, don’t you?
After the tag dries, add the rhinestone and tie it around the card with the taffeta ribbon. Send your card to a special friend!
Stampin’ Up! just released FIVE new video tutorials featuring projects from the 2012-13 catalog. Each video is only 2-3 minutes long and if you watch all five you’ll learn a lot of new techniques for your 10 minute time investment. Definitely worth watching!
1. Watch “Baby Memory Book Page Technique”which shows techniques used to create the Baby Memory book on page 62 of the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. You’ll love the unique use of the embossing folder!
3. Watch “Tea Shoppe Technique” featuring the fabulous gift box featured on page 56 of the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. This video will walk you through the entire creation of this gift box complete with dividers, clear lid and band in less than 4 minutes!
4. Watch “Stampin’ Emboss Technique” and learn how to create faux metal tags with any stamp! I LOVE the look of these ‘metal’ tags. This is from the 2012-13 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog pg. 105.
5. Watch “Outdoors Journal Technique” which will show in less than 2 minutes how to create faux leather and add distressing to a journal or anything else for that matter. The featured project can be found on page 68 of the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.