I created this World Treasures peacock greeting card and when I got done I just wasn’t sure if I liked it. It was late, so I left my stamping corner and went to bed. The next morning I entered my stamping corner and was welcomed by this beautiful peacock and fell in love! Really how can you go wrong with this exotic creature!
I stamped the peacock twice in Rich Razzleberry and once in Primrose Petals. I die cut one of the Rich Razzleberry images with the Big Shot Die-cutting Machine and the largest framelit from the Apothecary Accents Framelits Dies set. That became my main focal point. I then trimmed out the inner fan of the Primrose Petals image with Paper Snips and trimmed out the peacock body of the other Rich Razzleberry piece and layered those with Stampin’ dimensionals after coloring some of the feathers with Stampin’ Write markers.
Sometimes when you stamp a solid image like this peacock body you can get a little splotching. I whipped out my blender pen and picked up a little ink from the stamp pad and blended in the Rich Razzleberry for great coverage!
And is it possible to decorate this fabulous bird without bling? I think NOT!! A row of rhinestones does the trick and really is absolutely stunning in person.
The International Bazaar Designer Series Paper is all the rage in the background! This pattern paper is a powerful design with a lot of Pop!, but having lots of white space around the peacock allows it to work and gives this World Treasures Greeting Card a very rich feel.
The Apothecary Accents Framelits Dies, the International Bazaar Designer Series Paper, Basic Rhinestones Jewels Accents, and the World Treasure Stamp Set are all part of the International Bazaar Product Suite found here.
Card Recipe:Stamps: World Treasures w-#126765 c-#126767Ink: Rich Razzleberry #126950, Primrose Petals #126858Paper: International Bazaar Designer Series Paper #126920, Whisper White #100730, Pacific Point #111350Extras: Apothecary Accents Framelits Dies #127003, Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine #113439, Basic Rhinestones Jewels Accents #119246, Brights Stampin’ Write Markers #119702, Stampin’ Dimensionals #104430, Daffodil Delight Ribbon #126872, Paper Snips#103579
I enjoyed making this Summer Silhouettes Thank You card using many techniques including embossing, using watermark ink, stamping outside the lines and outlining.
Let me explain each technique.
1. Embossing – I stamped the flower centers on the background and the main flowers with white craft ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder so they would show against the darker flowers.
2. Using Watermark Ink – Versamark ink will give you a watermark affect on any color cardstock. In this case, I used Versamark ink to stamp the lattice pattern in the background.
3. Stamping Outside the Lines – I stamped the leaves on a piece of Whisper White cardstock that was 2″ x 4-1/4″. Then I trimmed it down to 1-1/2″ with a paper trimmer all the way to the edge of the leaves and snipped around the leaves so they hung outside the border of the paper. It’s a cool effect, which works great for leaves, flowers and trees.
4. Outlining – The main flowers and leaves are outlined with the fine tip of a Stampin’ Write marker. If you look closely you’ll see that the outline is free handed and not complete. I love the look! What do you thing?
Have you tried these techniques before? Whichis your favorite technique or which would you like to try? Leave a comment below.
This World Treasures Friendship Card starts out with an unusual background created by water stamping. I sponged Primrose Petals and Raspberry Ripple ink on Whisper White card stock covering the whole background. Then I soaked a paper towel in water on a paper plate and using it as a stamp pad, stamped circles from the Circle Circus stamp set to complete the background. As the water dries, the ink lightens giving the effect you see here.
The main message was stamped in Rich Razzleberry and trimmed out with the framelit from the Apothecary Framelits set. To keep the framelit in place so that the greeting would stay centered I held it in place with post it notes.
The Rich Razzleberry label was also cut out with an Apothecary Framelit and then edged with paper piercing made super fast and easy with the paper piercing tool, mat and template. A dynamic trio!
The ends of the label were punched with the 1/4″ circle punch from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack. I first punched the circle from a post it note and placed it where I wanted to punch the circle on the label. That made it easy to punch the label and get it right where I wanted it! I demonstrated this idea in the video on creating a scallop frame a couple of weeks ago using a large circle punch.
Each piece was popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals and then the ribbon was threaded through before the background was adhered to the Whisper White card stock base. Normally, I use about an inch of SNAIL adhesive in each corner and maybe some in the middle if it’s a large piece, but on this background I SNAIL’d (new word) the entire edge to keep it in place. The water stamping tends to warp the paper slightly and using extra adhesive helps solve the warping.
A little Catalog magic inspired this Pretty Postage birthday card! The card on the bottom of page 178 was the specific inspiration. I changed the stamps and the colors slightly and I was excited to use the little silver mini brads for the first time. Love those little things – so cute!
The circles on the blue tag are stamped Marina Mist ink on Marina Mist card stock, color on color, with a circle stamp from the Circle Circus stamp set.
The birthday cake was colored with Stampin’ Write Markers and then stamped and punched out with the Postage Punch. When I color a stamp with markers I like to start with the lightest color first to keep the markers clean. With this card it was easiest to color the candles flames first as they are so tiny and it would have been really hard to color them just right after everything else was colored in.
The flag ends of the large Early Espress banner and the Certainly Celery banner were cut with the corner of a Square Punch.
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I know you are asking yourself, “Where did she get that CRAZY FUN background paper?” And I would answer, “I made it with shaving cream and reinkers.” Yep, that’s right. I spread foam shaving cream on some wax paper, dotted it with reinkers, swished it around and put my paper right on top of the swished inked shaving cream.
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After I created the background paper I stamped the lattice print from Summer Silhouettes on the left side as an ‘anchor’ for my butterflies to land on. The butterflies were punched twice for each one. The stamped butterfly from the Papillon Potpourri stamp set was punched out and then a shadow butterfly was created by punching from the coordinating card stock. The Pearl Basic Jewels were added for instant elegance.
And did you notice the sweet scallop edge on the left side. This was created with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch. This punch creates a double sided scallop ribbon but I love the effect of using it under the edge as a scallop border.
I stamped a strip of Whisper White card stock in Always Artichoke with the ‘wonderful’ stamp from Friendly Phrases then stamped the mini butterfly in Primrose Petals ink stamped on scrap paper first for a lighter application.
The end of the strip was cut as a banner with the corner of a square punch. Then the left edge was stamped with the lattice image. I used the stamp-a-ma-jig to line it up where I wanted it so that it would match up with the card base. I’m SOOO glad I rediscovered my stamp-a-ma-jig tool. I’m using it so often now it will need a place in my primary space. Time to move something to secondary storage to make room!
All the colorful swirls add so much movement to this card!