Here are the first five of the Subtles Collection Color Of the Week posts. Included are Baja Breeze, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Marina Mist and Perfect Plum. I apologize for not putting in the thumbnails, but I’m still getting used to the way my new blog works.
Check back Wednesday for Part 2. Tool Time on Tuesday returns tomorrow.
The Petite Purse Bigz L Die (#125606) makes a very Quick & Easy Gift Box for Mom! It's a perfect place to hold jewelry or a folded up gift certificate! All you need is a few pieces of Card Stock, a Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (#113439), a Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and a couple of tiny embellishments.
Other Supplies Used: Regal Rose* (#105130) & Riding Hood Red* (#111348) 8-1/2" x 11" Card Stock; Whisper White Paper Daisies* (#119243); Elegant Lines Textured Impressions Embossing Folder* (#119277); Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack (#118309); Subtles 3/16" Brads (#119738); 1/16" Circle Handheld Punch* (#101227); Pearl Basic Jewels (#119247); Bone Folder (#102300); Sticky Strip (#104294); 3/16" Glue Dots (#103683)
Here's All You Have To Do:
- Die-cut the purse from 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" piece of Regal Rose Card Stock with the Big Shot and crease all the score lines with the Bone Folder.
- Punch holes in the side flaps of the purse and ends of the handle.
- Line up the purse in the Embossing Folder, making sure the outside is against the Stampin' Up! Logo side). Emboss with Big Shot. I don't recommend embossing the handle as it's too small.
- Assemble the purse with Sticky Strip-use one piece cut in half lengthwise.
- Attach the handle to the purse with brads.
- Punch out the small flower from Riding Hood Red scrap card stock. Curl the petals slightly. Layer on top of smallest Paper Daisy with a Glue Dot folded in half. Attach a Pearl in the center (I used the middle size).
- Attach the flowers to the purse flap with a Glue Dot. Your Gift Box for Mom is ready to fill!
Tips: You may want to widen the slit with Paper Snips (#103579) so the tab will fit in easily. You may also find you need to burnish the embossing on the flap so the Sticky Strip will adhere better.
Note: products marked with an asterisk (*) are retiring as of June 3rd or while supplies last.
This Quick & Easy Gift Box for Mom or Someone Else is a perfect project for a PlayShop! If you'd like to make it or a similar project and earn free catalog merchandise (including exclusive hostess stamp sets and accessories), let's plan a PlayShop together. (PlayShop stands for first we Play with my stuff, then we Shop!) Give me a call at (707) 695-3571 or e-mail Mary Varley at email@example.com and let's chat. I look forward to tailoring the project to you!
Usually at this time of year, I focus on the list of retiring stamp sets and accessories. However, I've been so busy playing with the new stuff I get to pre-order, I haven't tended to the retiring lists properly. So this is a compromise: an Any Occasion Card made with the retiring Build A Blossom Stamp Set (#121923, Wood-Mount*; #121994, Clear-Mount*) and Blossom Petals Builder Punch* (#121808) plus the In Colors for 2013-2015: Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding & Strawberry Slush!
My favorite thing about the Build a Blossom Stamp Set is that it coordinates with the Blossom Petals Builder Punch and I don't have to cut out anything!!! There is a trick to punching out the petals and leaves individually. I stamped the petals on a 2" strip of Whisper White 12" x 12" Card Stock (#124302) with Crisp Cantaloupe for the base and Strawberry Slush for the highlights. I stamped them aligned vertically, with about 1/2" between the top of one petal and the base of the next. You'll need to trim away the excess card stock between each punching so the petal will line up properly in the punch. I stamped the leaves, with Pistachio Pudding for the base and Coastal Cabana for the accent, on another 2" strip, making sure to slant the leaves the same way as the punch. You need to be careful to keep your images from getting punched in the wrong place, so start with the bottom petal for the blossom and the left-most leaf for the leaves.
To make the blossom: arrange the petals around the center circle, overlapping them slightly, and adhere with SNAIL Adhesive (#104332). Punch a hole in the center of all layers with a long-reach or anywhere punch about 1/8" in diameter. Tie a loose knot of Daffodil Delight 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon* (#119254) and pull both ends through the hole. If the knot is too small, double it so it won't go through the hole. Flatten the ends on the back and hold them in place with Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430). You might want to stack two or three of them and put a stack on each side of the ribbon ends. Attach the leaves to the backs of the petals with 3/16" Glue Dots (#103683).
If you want to add a greeting or sentiment, there's room for one from my Go-To stamp set: Teeny Tiny Wishes (#115370, Wood-Mount; #127802, Clear-Mount). The retiring Not Quite Navy Classic Stampin' Pad (#126971) will coordinate beautifully, while still making your words readable!
To order what you need to create your own Any Occasion Card with the Build A Blossom Stamp Set and Blossom Petals Builder Punch, click on the Order Online Button in the far right column or on any of the product links in this article. I've marked the retiring products with an asterisk. These are available through June 3rd or until supplies are exhausted.
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My Scrapbook Page Template for Take Your Daughter to Work Day was made using My Digital Studio (#130647, Disc; #130646, Download). It features one of the-Wild Wasabi Color Coach (#120148, English only; #121046, Multi-language) Card combinations: the Sweet Set of Wild Wasabi, Marina Mist and Early Espresso. I'm sorry it's rather generic, but I mentioned before that I was having trouble with this combo!
The page is 12" x 12" to leave plenty of room for pictures, journaling and a title. I used Whisper White accents, including Drop Shadows and Neutrals Pack Flower Brads (#123388), and the "Create" stamp brush from the Charming Stamp Brush Set (#123988) as embellishments. Finding an image to represent being a Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator isn't easy!!
Other Digital Downloads Used: Bunch of Backgrounds Stamp Brush Set (#129885); Check This Out Designer Page Templates (#129921); School Days Stamp Brush Set (#118832-was included in the original MDS release, so you have it even if you upgraded-it's not in the newest release)
- Run My Digital Studio and Select Photobooks & Individual Pages. Deselect Bleed Area from the View menu, if you wish.
- Select Background Papers from the Design Center menu (not the Resource Palette) and pick Color > Wild Wasabi. I recommend using the Design Center menus while you're creating as all the options you can use are there. The Resource Palette is good for browsing your choices, but it doesn't let you use the options.
- Select Stamps > Bunch of Backgrounds > Wonderfully Worn. Resize to cover page, clicking "Okay" when the message "expanding to this size may cause it to pixilate when printed" comes up. Color stamp brush Early Espresso and reduce the Opacity to 50%.
- Select Punches > Photo Boxes > Check This Out-Punches > Photobox 4 or Photobox 12. Size the punches for Title Bar and Photo or Journaling Mats, then Color Fill with Marina Mist and Mat with Early Espresso, width 3. Place the punches where desired.
- Select Text > Add Text, type in your title after and resize the Text Box to fit. You can edit the font size, color and drop shadow as you wish. I used Monotype Corsiva size 58 in Early Espresso with a Whisper White Drop Shadow. Align the text box over the Title Bar.
- Select Stamps > School Days > journaling block and fit it on the vertical mat. Resize to fit and click Okay when the message about expanding it comes up. Color the stamp brush Whisper White.
- Select Photos > Photo Box and resize to fit your mat. Repeat for the other photo mats. Insert your chosen photos. You can use the Crop feature to move the focal point of your image where you want it.
- Select Punches > Photo Boxes > Check This Out-Punches > Photobox 4 or Photobox 12. Color Fill with Wild Wasabi and Mat with Early Espresso, width 3. Resize and move it into place over the photos.
- Select Stamps > Charming > Create and place over Wild Wasabi mat. Resize to fit. Color with Marina Mist and Drop Shadow Early Espresso.
- Select Embellishments > Flower Brads Neutrals and drag Whisper White flower brads into place.
- Save your project.
Your page is ready to print, or you can add more to make a Photobook! If you want the page printed through the My Digital Studio Print Services, you'll need to make sure you meet the minimum quantity of 5. This can be 5 copies or 5 separate pages.
There's still time to comment on both of the Wild Wasabi color combinations and enter the drawing for a free package of assorted quarter-page sized card stock and paper! Leave your comments here, on the original post, on Facebook, or Tweet @3amstamper. I'm accepting comments through midnight, Pacific Time, on April 30th!
"Take Your Daughter to Work Day" was established to encourage young women to learn about a variety of careers, particularly those of their parents. It also was intended to give them the idea that they could achieve anything they wanted.
As a Stampin' Up!® Independent Demonstrator, my commute is measured in feet, not miles. I also don't have daily costs of gasoline and car maintenance to get to and from work. I save my Post Office and Bank trips to do once a week. My PlayShops are usually scheduled in the evenings or on weekends. The rest of my business can be conducted online, over the phone or by a walk to my mailbox.
I've done a scrapbook page template you can use to record activities your daughter (or son) does for this day. My main photo would be a shot of my child working in my studio, either stamping a project or preparing materials for my next PlayShop. Other tasks could be taking phone messages or recording receipts. There is a journaling block that could list the activities she or he tried out! And we'll be able to do lunch together before she or he has to go back to school!
If you would like to find out more about becoming a Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator, and shortening your commute, give me a call at (707) 695-3571– leave a message if I don't answer and I'll get back to you as soon as possible, or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'd love to chat with you about my business and talk about what the possibilities can do for you.
I was so excited to find out that most of the 2011-2013 In Colors are being moved to the Stampin' Up!® Core Color Families, that I decided to make a bunch of paper flowers to use in Summer-izing my house: Paper Flowers for Home Décor! I spent yesterday cutting up a bunch of of 12" x 12" Card Stock and Designer Series Paper with the Flower Folds Bigz XL Die (#115970) and my Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (#113439). For this particular flower, I used Island Indigo, Wisteria Wonder and Pool Party from the 2011-2013 In Color 12" x 12" Card Stock Assortment (#124328) and the 2011-2013 In Color Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack (#122384).
You need to cut each sheet individually and use the Extended Premium Crease Pad (#117630) so the folds on the flower petals will score nicely and not cut through. You may have to shim to get the die to cut and score properly, depending upon the material you use. I had to use one of the thin plastic shims for the Card Stock flowers, then a second shim and folded piece of Stampin' Up! Grid Paper (#102787) when I cut the DSP flowers. It may vary, depending upon your dies and machine.
The Flower Folds Die is longer than a 6" x 12" piece of paper or card stock, so you need two strips. Cut one starting at one end and the other starting at the opposite end so that you have at least one of each size flower. If you are using a piece of paper from the Designer Series Paper Stack, put the adhesived edge at the end of the die so you don't get any undesirable markings or extras on your die-cuts. However, the paper flowers are large enough that you can easily use them in home décor.
I cut an extra large flower from Lucky Limeade to use for "leaves". I also punched two holes in an extra circle of card stock to thread the twine through the bottom, then passed the twine a second time through the holes in the flowers and tied a bow through the button on top. The petals can still move so you can arrange them to your satisfaction.
To order what you need to make your own Paper Flowers for Home Décor, click on the Order Online Button in the far right column or on any of the product links in this article. You'll get preferred pricing and Stampin' Rewards™ on qualifying orders!
I'm glad to see all the color combinations on the Wild Wasabi Color Coach (#120148, English only; #121046, Multi-language) Card have been kept during Stampin' Up!'s 2013 Color Refresh. Here are the new Color Families-FYI.
I'm drawing a blank today as to what specific occasions the Creative Combination of Wild Wasabi, So Saffron and Perfect Plum or the Sweet Set of Wild Wasabi, Marina Mist and Early Espresso would best be used for. Can you help me out? Leave a Comment below and let me know what you would do with these color combinations. I'll have a drawing for a free sample pack of card stock and designer series paper swatches for the Commenters! I'm looking forward to your posts!!
The Glitz Goes On with this birthday card done in the retiring Pretty In Pink 8-1/2" x 11" Card Stock (#100459). I paired it with Melon Mambo accents and Rhinestone Basic Jewels (#119246). I added Dazzling Diamond Stampin' Glitter (#102023) into the Glitz Mix also!
To trim the oval greeting, I pleated Delicate Details Lace Tape (#130966) around the back, leaving the sticky side out. Sprinkling Dazzling Diamonds Glitter all over the "lace trim" solved the stickiness problem. If you press the glitter into the adhesive, it will adhere better and then only the true excess glitter will tap off.
Other Supplies Used: Best of Birthdays (#132929) & Best of Flowers (#133342) Stamp Sets; Melon Mambo Classic Stampin' Pad (#126948); Melon Mambo 3/8" Striped Organdy Ribbon (#129293); Extra Large Oval Punch (#119859); SNAIL Adhesive (#104332); Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430)
So, we've got Rhinestones and Glitter to make sure the Glitz Goes On! Would you like to keep it going? Please leave a comment below or e-mail me at email@example.com. And while you're at it – e-mail me your guesses as to which 10 sets will be on the Retiring Stamp Sets list! You could win a free stamp set from my personal collection! Click here for all the details! Contest ends April 23rd!
Another year, another birthday almost missed! That's what's so great about it My Digital Studio (#130647, Disc; #130646, Download)-you can create a card, export it to .jpeg and e-mail it (or post it on Facebook) in minutes!!
As I was still in a Glitzy Mood, I used a whole bunch of Basic Pearls & Rhinestones to sparkle up the crown. I used large rhinestones on the crown tips, medium rhinestones in a row and small pearls accenting the sideways diamonds. I love not having to worry about the glue on the jewels sticking! And this card design, if printed, would mail flat!!
Everything else is included in My Digital Studio! If you don't have My Digital Studio yet, how about giving the trial version a test drive for 30 days free? You can download it now and indulge your own Glitzy Mood in a jiffy!!
I got inspired to do this scrapbook page to showcase hand-drawn portraits of two of my grandparents when I did the Glitzed Up Thanks A Bunch Card. My Color Of the Week, So Saffron, complements the drawings perfectly and the use of Basic Gray adds a vintage touch that will go with the 1890's style. I'll re-post when I find the pictures to insert!
Of course I couldn't let the page go with just Delicate Details Lace Tape (#130966) and Rhinestone Basic Jewels (#119246). I added a layer of Silver Glimmer Paper (#124005) to set it off. I also tinted the Lace Tape with a Stamping Sponge (#101610) and Basic Gray Classic Stampin' Pad (#126981). You do need to let it dry thoroughly before you apply the tape. I let it air-dry for an hour or so, but a few minutes on the low setting of the Heat Tool (#129053) will do as well.
Other Supplies Used: Everything Eleanor Stamp Set (#124162, Wood-Mount; #124164, Clear-Mount); So Saffron (#105118) & Basic Gray (#121044) 8-1/2" x 11" Card Stock; Basic Gray/Basic Black 1-1/4" Two-Tone Ribbon (#129295); SNAIL Adhesive (#104332); Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430)
I edged the photo mats with the Basic Gray Pad and direct-to-paper scraping across the pad because I didn't want as much of a vintage touch as the sponge adds. However, my pad was too wet and I got more on my edges than I wished. Be warned! If your pad is too wet for what you want to do, blot it with a paper towel (or stamp off your image) and you should get the color intensity you prefer.
This All Glitzed Up So Saffron Scrapbook Page is an example of the type of project I do in my Online Bonus Classes for my iClub. The iClub is a buying club where you purchase a minimum of $35 between the 1st and the 10th of each month, then your Bonus Class is sent to you when your order is placed. Sign up now for the 3am Stamper's iClub beginning May 1st. To find out more and join, see the details here.
With all the excitement this past weekend, including the announcement of the Retiring Colors, I've had to carry over So Saffron as my Color Of the Week. Today's card adapts one of the color combinations on the Color Coach (#120148, English only; #121046, Multi-language) Card to include Lucky Limeade, a retiring color. The card combo is So Saffron, Rose Red and Wild Wasabi. I've substituted Lucky Limeade.
This Thanks A Bunch Card features Delicate Details Lace Tape (#130966) and Rhinestone Basic Jewels (#119246) to glitz it up! The Lace Tape is self-adhesive and coated, so any inking you want to do on it will be pale. But it looks great as is! I punched holes with a retired circle punch so I could lace ribbon through the card front. If you don't have any of those punches on hand, most office supply stores carry handheld circle punches ranging from 1/8" to 1/4" in diameter. The Lace Tape made it easy to line up the holes for threading ribbon and the row of Rhinestones for glitz!
Other Supplies Used: Friendship Preserves Stamp Set (#127910, Wood-Mount; #127913, Clear-Mount); So Saffron 8-1/2" x 11" Card Stock (#105118); Lucky Limeade 8-1/2" x 11" Card Stock (#122926); Rose Red Classic Stampin' Pad (#126954); Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (#113439); Window Frames Collection Framelits™ (#129021); Lacy Brocade Textured Impressions Embossing Folder™ (#127819); Lucky Limeade 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon (#122977); Sponge Daubers (#102892); SNAIL Adhesive (#104332); Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430)
To order what you need to glitz up your own projects like this Thanks A Bunch Card, click on the Order Online Button in the far right column or on any of the links in this article. You'll get preferred pricing and Stampin' Rewards™ on qualifying orders!
I used the Sweet Set Combination of So Saffron, Riding Hood Red and Soft Suede from the Color Coach (#120148, English only; #121046, Multi-language) Card to show off a quick and easy technique you can do with your Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (#113439).
All you need to do is:
- Fold an 11" x 4-1/4" piece of So Saffron 8-1/2" x 11" Card Stock (#105118) in half.
- Choose the card front and place only one-third of it face down in the Chevron Textured Impressions Embossing Folder™ (#127749). Use removable tape or Post-It™ Notes to hold it in place, if necessary, then emboss with the Big Shot.
- Wrap ribbon around the edge of the embossing and add embellishments and greeting!
It's ready to go!!
Other Supplies Used: Hearts Aflutter Bundle (#131098, Wood-Mount; #131097, Clear-Mount; includes the Hearts a Flutter Stamp Set #129249, Wood-Mount; #129252, Clear-Mount & #130159 Hearts a Flutter Framelits™); Stacks of Wishes Stamp Set (#126430, Wood-Mount; #126432, Clear-Mount; exclusive for Host/Hostesses only); Beautiful Wings Embosslits™ (#118138); Riding Hood Red (#126968) & Soft Suede (#126978) Classic Stampin' Pads; Neutrals (#119703) & Regals (#119701) Stampin' Write Markers; Riding Hood Red 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon (#122988); Rhinestone Basic Jewels (#119246)
If you'd like to make this or a similar project and earn free catalog merchandise (including exclusive hostess stamp sets and accessories like one that I used), let's plan a PlayShop together. (PlayShop stands for first we Play with my stuff, then we Shop!) Give me a call at (707) 695-3571 or e-mail Mary Varley at firstname.lastname@example.org and let's chat. I look forward to tailoring the project to you!
I was including a Bone Folder (#102300) as a last-minute addition to my girlfriend's belated birthday present and realized I didn't have any more wrapping paper that matched what I'd already done. So I decided to make a wrapper for it and fancy it up with the Simply Scored™ Borders Scoring Plate (#126192) that attaches to the Simply Scored™ Scoring Tool (#122334).
I used a double layer of Designer Series Paper to make my Bone Folder Cozy as I decided to make it a re-closeable package. Totally unnecessary, of course, but I also wanted to use a retired embellishment that I'd previously used on a scrapbook page for her.
Take two 6" x 6" squares of Designer Series Paper and adhere them together. I used Pretty in Pink and Rose Red from the Subtles Patterns Designer Series Paper Stack (#117152) and rounded one of the corners. You can also use a 6" x 6" square of card stock. Score at the 1" mark using the Simply Scored™ Diagonal Plate (#125586). Rotate to the left and score at the 3-3/8" mark, rotate again and score at the 1" mark. Trim away the triangles formed where the score marks cross. You can also trim off the point of the narrow flap, but I left it.
Trim one flap to 1-1/4" from the fold. This will be the inner flap. Trim the opposite flap to 1-1/2". Place this flap face down on the Borders Plate. I place the plate and the clear guide on top of the Scoring Tool, then slide my material in between the plate and guide and line it up. The guide makes it really easy to score and the face down position will give you a raised border. Trim about 1/8" from the embossed border to finish the edge of your outer flap.
You can adhere it all closed with Sticky Strip (#104294), especially if you're using two sheets. If you want it to be recloseable, adhere the bottom and inner flaps with Sticky Strip, then attach a hook-and-loop closure. If you want to embellish with a brad, such as the Designer Builder Brads (#129329), attach it first, then attach the closure.
Yesterday's Happy Easter Card was made with what I call the Stained Glass Hint Technique. It's not a Faux Stained Glass, nor is it an Enamel-Look, so I call it Stained Glass Hint. All you need to do is pick an image that reminds you of Stained Glass, then emboss it with a metallic embossing powder. I used Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder (#109129). After that, color in the open spaces with markers and wipe away any ink that gets on the embossed part.
Before you do anything, be sure you rub the Embossing Buddy (#103083) over the whole surface of the card stock. Blow off (don't brush) any excess powder before you stamp. I usually forget, but this time I didn't. And I was so glad, because I could get rid of the flecks that weren't supposed to be on the card stock easily. This is especially important with the Stained Glass Hint Technique because you don't want metallic flecks detracting from the delicate design of your image.
Other Supplies Used: Crosses of Hope (#117136, Wood-Mount; #120567, Clear-Mount) & Papaya Collage (#126610, Wood-Mount; #126612, Clear-Mount) Stamp Sets; Naturals White (#102316) & Rose Red (#102544) 8-1/2" x 11" Card Stock; VersaMark Pad (#102283); Subtles Collection Stampin' Write Markers (#119700); Heat Tool (#129053); Pink Pirouette/Rose Red 1-1/4" Two-Tone Ribbon (#129294); Sticky Strip (#104294); SNAIL Adhesive (#104332)
To order what you need to play with your own Stained Glass Hint Technique, click on the Order Online Button in the far right column or on any of the links in this article. You'll get preferred pricing and Stampin' Rewards™ on qualifying orders!
I was playing around with My Digital Studio (#130646, Download; #130647, Disc), Stampin' Up!®'s Digital Design software, and realized I could plan out a Big Shot™ Die-Cut Machine (#113439) project with very little effort! This scrapbook page template uses two of my favorites: the Top Note Bigz™ (#113463) and the Tasteful Trim Bigz™ XL (#120893) Dies. I could also use the retired Timeless Type Junior Medium Sizzlits and the 1/2" Chantilly Crochet Trim Ribbon because they are currently available in My Digital Studio or as Digital Downloads. I based this scrapbook page template on my Color Of the Week, Rose Red, but it's a template, so any color you like is yours to use!
To Create this Scrapbook Page Traditionally:
- Cut your card stock to 8" x 8" for the page base.
- Die-cut two strips of Designer Series Paper and 1 strip of coordinating card stock with Tasteful Trim Die. Layer on page base. Adhere a strip of ribbon across the trim.
- Die-cut two Top Note shapes from card stock, one at a time. Layer on contrasting card stock and cut around the shape for a narrow border. Adhere to page.
- Tie a bow from ribbon and attach across ribbon strip.
- Die-cut title with your preferred alphabet or stamp title on strip of card stock. Adhere beside the photo mats. Layer alphabet die-cuts on contrasting card stock and cut a narrow border, if you like.
- Tie Baker's Twine, Linen Thread (#104199) or embroidery floss through the holes of a button and adhere to the beginning of the title.
My Other Traditional Supplies: Rose Red (#102544), So Saffron (#105118), Certainly Celery (#105125) & Whisper White (#100730) 8-1/2" x 11" Card Stock; Floral District Designer Series Paper (#126919 or print out a piece on Whisper White Card Stock from My Digital Studio); Subtles Designer Buttons (#119745); Whisper White Baker's Twine (#124262); Victoria 5/8" Crochet Trim Ribbon (#118481), dyed with a Rose Red Classic Stampin' Ink Refill (#102109)
I often use My Digital Studio when I'm planning projects for my PlayShops. (PlayShop stands for first we Play with my stuff, then we Shop!) This project is an example of a fun scrapbook page we can make in a Big Shot-featured PlayShop.
If you'd like to make this or a similar project and earn free catalog merchandise (including exclusive hostess stamp sets and accessories), let's plan a PlayShop together. Give me a call at (707) 695-3571 or e-mail Mary Varley at email@example.com and let's chat. I look forward to tailoring the project to you!
I was having fun with the Color Coach (#120148, English only; #121046, Multi-language) Pretty In Pink Card Sweet Set Combination: Pretty In Pink, Marina Mist and Daffodil Delight. I thought I'd play with a few Brocade-Look techniques while I was at it!
The top layer uses the Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (#113439) and the Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (#120175) for the Two-Color Brocade Technique. Open the folder and coat the side with the Stampin' Up!® logo with your dye-based ink pad. I used the Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin' Pad (#126944). I pressed too hard in some places and got ink in the "valleys". To avoid this, ink the folder with a Rubber Brayer (#102395), or slide the pad gently over the surface. You really don't need as much ink as I used. Insert a 5" x 3-3/4" piece of Pretty In Pink 8-1/2" x 11" Card Stock (#100459) and emboss with the Big Shot.
The middle layer is Marina Mist 8-1/2" x 11" Card Stock (#119682) stamped with the spray image from the Papaya Collage Stamp Set (#126610, Wood-Mount; #126612, Clear-Mount) and a VersaMark Pad (#102283). This gives a Tone-On-Tone Brocade- or Jacquard-Look.
The greeting element base was stamped with Marina Mist Classic Stampin' Pad (#126962) on Whisper White 8-1/2" x 11" Card Stock (#100730), then die-cut with the Scallop Rectangle Clearlits™ (#118872). Line up the image in the clear part of the Clearlit and secure with masking tape, painter's tape or Post-It Notes™, then cut. If you roll the Big Shot slowly but steadily, the Clearlit will stay where you put it better.
Other Supplies Used: Fabulous Phrases Stamp Set (#117002, Wood; #120501, Clear); Regal Rose Classic Stampin' Pad (#126947); Pretty In Pink Classic Ink Refill (#102295); Whisper White 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon (#109070); 3/4" Circle Punch (#119873); Sponge Daubers (#102892); SNAIL Adhesive (#104332); Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430)
The Brocade-Look is featured in the project for my April Bonus Class for the 3am Stamper's iClub. Click the iClub link for more details. Club orders are due by April 10th, so join right away!
You know how much I love My Digital Studio 2+, you've seen what I do with it often enough! Now it's an even better crafting resource for digital design: Stampin' Up!® just reduced the price of My Digital Studio 2+ to $19.95 and has renamed it My Digital Studio (#130647, Disc; #130646, Download)! This inspired me to go crazy with some of the downloads!
I played around with the recolor feature, which lets you recolor embellishments like ribbon, buttons, etc. I was going to do Pretty In Pink rosettes, but the original vanilla color looked better, so I stayed with that! I recolored the Rhinestones with Pretty In Pink. It's really interesting how the color changes to represent the texture of the physical material!
To make the greeting stand out, I used a Basic Black drop-shadow under the Pretty In Pink stamp brush. I usually increase the shadow opacity to 100% and reduce the blur to 2 or 3, then move the shadow so it's just slightly offset. My favorite shadow color is Soft Suede, but Basic Black looked better here. You can always add a label punch and resize the greeting to fit on top, if you prefer.
Additional Digital Downloads Used: Sassy Salutations Stamp Brush Set (#130860); Designer Rosettes (#131525); Bright Blooms (#130876); Subtles Buttons Pack (#123410); Blossom Builders Embellishments (#129609); Satin Ribbon Embellishments (#121063); Scallop Trim Border Punch (#122136)
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