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Watercolor Wings -- An Easter Blessing

Hi There!

Here in East Central Florida we've enjoyed a most spectacular Spring for the last couple of months, interspersed with a few days of rain and cold.  The flowers are blooming, the pollen is flying, and the temperatures are starting to become balmy.  I just love it!  Well...except for the pollen part.  With the great temperatures I've had the house opened up and most everything is covered with a light yellow haze from the oak pollen (my house is surrounded by water oaks).  A small price to pay when in a week or so I'll be closing up the house again when the temperatures start climbing into the 80s on a regular basis.

With Easter just around the corner, I knew I needed to make an Easter card for my Stamp Club members, but I didn't want to buy an Easter-themed stamp set.  I started looking through my stack of new stamps and found Watercolor Wings.  A stamp set that I just had to have, ordered it as soon as it was available, and have never used it.  Then I thought about the butterfly print in the Falling In Love Designer Series Paper and the colors used...  There's my Easter card!

I wish I could say that this card just jumped into my hand with a completed design; but it didn't.  I fought with this baby for two days.  For some reason, I just could not get the vision in my brain to translate to a completed card.  Then I went to the laundry room to change out a load of clothes and when I came back to my work room the issues finally resolved themselves.  Sometimes you just have to walk away and let your mind clear.  Folding clothes can do that...

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This card begins with a card base of Sweet Sugarplum cardstock.  A slightly smaller piece of Blushing Bride cardstock was embossed with the Big Shot using the Petal Burst Textured Impressions embossing folder and adhered at the center of the card front.  A thin strip of Sweet Sugarplum glimmer paper from the Sale-A-Bration Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack (now sadly sold out and retired--I'll talk about how to make your own later in this post) was adhered near the left edge of the embossed panel.  A strip of the butterfly print paper from the Falling In Love Designer Series Paper was matted with a slightly larger piece of Soft Sky cardstock and adhered near the left edge of the embossed panel to expose 1/4" of the glimmer paper to the left of the butterfly paper/cardstock panel.

The "May Peace Be Your Gift This Easter" greeting, from the Suite Sentiments stamp set, was stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock using Sweet Sugarplum ink and die cut with the Big Shot using the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  A piece of Sweet Sugarplum cardstock was die cut with the Big Shot and a scallop oval framelit from the Layering Ovals Framelits.  The two die cuts were adhered together and then adhered to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.  Note that the right edge of the matted greeting is approximately 1/4" from the right edge of the embossed panel.

The Watercolor Wings stamp set is one of the multi-layered image stamp sets in photopolymer.  I chose to use the smaller of the two butterflies included in the stamp set.  The top butterfly uses the background stamp in Blushing Bride, the outer edges of the wings image using Sweet Sugarplum, and the inner wing image using Sweet Sugarplum.  All of these stamped one on top of the other on Very Vanilla cardstock.  (Tip:  For photopolymer stamps--especially the ones that have multiple layers of images--it is always best to use the Stampin' Pierce Mat to achieve the best results.)  The butterfly was die cut with the Big Shot using the small butterfly framelit from the Butterflies Thinlits.  Then the small butterfly body was stamped between the wings using Tip Top Taupe ink.  (I can attest that it is better to stamp the butterfly body AFTER die cutting the butterfly as stamping before die cutting tends to decimate the butterfly body.  Just sayin'...)  The wings of the die cut butterfly were gently folded up at the body and two Mini Glue Dots placed on the back of the body of the butterfly.  Then the butterfly was adhered to the card front above and to the left of the greeting.

The bottom butterfly uses the background stamp in Soft Sky and die cut with the Big Shot using the small butterfly framelit from the Butterflies Thinlits.  The wings of the die cut butterfly were gently folded up at the "body" area and two Mini Glue Dots placed on the back of the body of the butterfly.  The butterfly was adhered to the card front below and to the right of the greeting.  A piece of Sweet Sugarplum glimmer paper was die cut with the Big Shot using the small butterfly thinlit from the Bold Butterfly Framelits.  The wings of the detail butterfly were gently folded up at the "body" area and two Mini Glue Dots placed on the back of the body of the butterfly.  The detailed butterfly was adhered at the center of the Soft Sky butterfly.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  A thin strip of the Falling In Love Designer Series Paper was adhered across the center of a larger piece of Soft Sky cardstock with the right and left edges of the paper strip flush with the right and left edges of the cardstock.  This element was adhered along the top edge of the liner.  The "Wishing You All The Beautiful Blessings Of Easter" sentiment, from the Suite Sayings stamp set, was stamped at the upper left center of the liner using Tip Top Taupe ink.  A die cut butterfly, created as described for the butterfly at the top of the card front, was adhered with two Mini Glue Dots adhered behind the body of the butterfly (the wings are gently folded as with the butterflies on the card front).

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The butterfly at the lower left front corner of the Medium Very Vanilla Envelope was stamped using the same process used for the butterfly at the top of the card front and for the liner; of course, this butterfly was not die cut.

I mentioned earlier that the Sale-A-Bration Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack has sold out and is no longer available for selection.  The good news is that you can still have Sweet Sugarplum, Mint Macaron, or Bermuda Bay glimmer paper or any other color you'd like for that matter.  Here's how you do it:

  1. Place a sheet (or cut section) of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper on a protected work surface (brown paper, a couple of sheets of grid paper, plastic, etc.)
  2. In a Stampin' Spritzer, fill approximately 3/4 full with 70% Alcohol
  3. Add 3-4 drops of re-inker and replace cap.  Gently rotate from side to side to mix
  4. Look at the cap to identify the spraying nozzle
  5. Holding spritzer approximately 6-8 inches above the glimmer paper, point the spraying nozzle toward the paper and spritz the color onto the glimmer paper until covered
  6. Set glimmer paper aside to dry completely.  You can use the heat tool on a low setting but it's better to let the paper air dry, if possible 

You may be wondering why I added #4.  Let's just say that I have some interestingly decorated shirts...

Card Measurements -- 

Blushing Bride:  4" x 5-1/4"; Soft Sky:  1-3/8" x 5-1/8", 3/4" x 4"; Sweet Sugarplum:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length, 2-1/2" x 3-1/2"; Very Vanilla:  3 @ 2" x 2-1/2", 2-1/2" x 3-1/2", 4" x 5-1/4"; Falling In Love Designer Series Paper:  1-1/4" x 5", 1/2" x 4"; Sale-A-Bration Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack (Sweet Sugarplum):  2" x 2-1/2", 1/2" x 5-1/8"

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Watercolor Wings, Suite Sentiments, Suite Sayings; Inks:  Blushing Bride, Soft Sky, Sweet Sugarplum, Tip Top Taupe; Cardstock:  Blushing Bride, Soft Sky, Sweet Sugarplum, Very Vanilla, Sale-A-Bration Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack (Retired); Designer Series Paper:  Falling In Love; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform and/or Precision Base Plate, Multipurpose Platform, Petal Burst Textured Impressions embossing folder, Layering Ovals Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Bold Butterfly Framelits, Butterflies Thinlits; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope


Timeless Textures -- With Sympathy

Hello!

One of the more difficult things about getting older is accepting that those you love will leave you.  It seems that this also happens with more frequency, too.  Last week, I lost two people who had an impact upon my life; one who played a very significant role in my teen years and another in a lesser, but still important, way.  I want to dwell on the hurt and pain of the families and friends affected and how much I'll miss each person.  However, I've realized that it's better to focus on all the positive ways this person (or persons) made an impact on those whose lives they touched, including mine.  When I remember to do that, I can find so much more joy and thankfulness in the remembrances with the hope that I can be more supportive to the grieving family members.  We'll see how it goes when I attend the memorial services in the next couple of days.

I was going through a stack of projects waiting to be posted to this blog and ran across this card from last September.  I designed it as part of a three card set for the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Timeless Textures stamp set.  I'll be sending it to one of the families mentioned above.  (To see a line up of the Stampin' Up! Artists who participated in the blog hop, click here.  To begin the hop, click here.)

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This card begins with a piece of Whisper White cardstock randomly stamped with the flourish image from the Timeless Textures stamp set using Versamark ink (Tip:  swipe the Embossing Buddy across the cardstock before stamping to ensure that the embossing powder sticks only to the ink).  Cover the ink with Clear Stampin' Emboss powder, tapping the excess back into the container, and melt the embossing powder with the Heat Tool.  

Using a Sponge Brayer and Tip Top Taupe ink, apply ink to cover the Whisper White cardstock (Tips:  There are two important things to remember when using a brayer.  1. Always roll the brayer completely around when inking the brayer.  If you move the brayer back and forth in one small area of the ink pad, only one small area of the brayer will accept ink.  2. When applying ink from the brayer to the paper, begin off the paper and roll onto the paper and roll in angles that move and overlap to minimize lines from the edges of the brayer.).  Once brayering is complete, use a paper towel to remove the ink from the clear embossed areas.  Using a sponge and Tip Top Taupe ink, sponge the edges of the Whisper White cardstock.

Adhere the Whisper White cardstock to a slightly larger mat of Basic Black cardstock and then to the Night of Navy card front.  Wrap a length of Gold Metallic Thread around slightly splayed fingers, carefully remove from the hand, and place on card front just slightly below center.  

Using Tip Top Taupe ink, randomly stamp the flourish image on a strip of Whisper White cardstock.  Using Night of Navy ink, stamp "With Sympathy", from the Better Together stamp set, across the center of the Whisper White cardstock strip.  Sponge the edges of the cardstock with Tip Top Taupe ink and adhere to a slightly larger mat of Basic Black cardstock and then a slightly larger mat of Night of Navy cardstock with the right and left edges of the mats flush with the right and left edges of the Whisper White cardstock.  Adhere the matted strip to the card front with the bottom edge of the Whisper White cardstock strip approximately 1-1/4" above the bottom edge of the embossed Whisper White panel.

Adhere a heart shaped Gold Metallic Enamel Shape following the "y" in Sympathy on the Whisper White cardstock strip.  Adhere three circle shaped Gold Metallic Enamel Shapes to the embossed Whisper White cardstock (I placed two near the left top corner and one near the right bottom corner).

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The inside sentiment area of the card is lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The flourish image was stamped twice at the lower right and twice at the upper left corner using Tip Top Taupe ink.  The edges of the cardstock were sponged with Tip Top Taupe ink and the cardstock adhered to the card base.  The "May your sorrow be eased by wonderful memories" sentiment, from the Better Together stamp set, was stamped near the upper center of the liner using Night of Navy ink.

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The flourish image was stamped three times at the lower left front corner of the Medium Whisper White Envelope using Tip Top Taupe ink.

Have a good week!

Card Measurements --

Basic Black:  1-1/8" x 3-7/8", 4" x 5-1/4"; Night of Navy:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length, 1-1/4" x 3-7/8"; Whisper White:  3-7/8" x 5-1/8", 1" x 3-7/8", 4" x 5-1/4"; Gold Metallic Thread:  54"

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used for this card -- 

Stamps:  Timeless Textures, Better Together; Inks:  Night of Navy, Tip Top Taupe, Versamark; Cardstock:  Basic Black, Night of Navy, Whisper White; Embellishments:  Metallic Enamel Shapes, Gold Metallic Thread; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Sponge Brayers, Sponge, Embossing Buddy, Clear Stampin' Emboss powder, Heat Tool; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope


Rose Wonder -- A Beautiful Blessing

Hello!

It's a beautiful weekend after a difficult week in the trenches.  Sometimes life is like that.  I had hoped to get this post finished and posted during the week, but it just didn't happen.  So, to get back on track, this post is a follow up to the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Rose Wonder stamp set and coordinating Rose Garden Thinlits for the Big Shot.  To see a line up of the Stampin' Up! Artists who participated in the blog hop, click here.  To begin the hop, click here.

Watercoloring is one of those techniques that tends to make folks want to run and hide.  I'll admit that I'm one of them.  However, over the years I've found that there are some ways to make the process a little less stressful.  This card uses a process that helps to contain the color to keep it from spreading into places you may not want it to spread by using Heat Embossing for the image to be watercolored.

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This card begins with a piece of Watercolor Paper.  The Embossing Buddy was swiped over the paper, the large rose image, from the Rose Wonder stamp set, was stamped onto the Watercolor Paper using Versamark ink, the stamped image covered with Copper Stampin' Emboss powder with the excess tapped back into the container, and the powdered image melted with the Heat Tool.

Now the watercoloring begins.

  • Spritz water over the stamped and embossed image to get the paper wet
  • Using the Aquapainter with a damp but not wet brush tip, pick up Daffodil Delight ink from the lid of the ink pad to cover the rose petals of the flower image (Tip:  with the ink pad closed, squish the ink pad together (top and bottom) to get ink on the inside of the ink pad lid.  Open the ink pad to expose the ink on the inside of the ink pad lid)
  • Clean the brush in clear water and then pick up Crushed Curry ink from the lid of the ink pad and apply along the embossed edges inside the rose area (Tip:  it is always best to begin with a little color and add color if you need a little more color in a specific area.  Tip:  if you find that you have too much color or too much water in an area, use the tip of a paper towel to absorb the excess water or press with the paper towel to blot up the color).  Add a second bit of Crushed Curry to the center of the rose to create a little more depth of color
  • Clean the brush in clear water and then pick up Tangerine Tango ink from the lid of the ink pad and apply along the outside edges of each rose petal to give the impression that the petals are rolling out and down.  Add some Tangerine Tango to the flower center, too
  • Clean the brush and with clear water gently blend the colors on the petals leaving the centers of the outer petals lighter than the outer and inner edges
  • Clean the brush and apply Pear Pizzazz ink from the lid of the ink pad and cover the leaves above and below the rose image
  • Clean the brush and pick up Old Olive ink from the lid of the ink pad and apply along the veins of the leaves
  • Clean the brush and with clear water, gently blend the colors on the leaves leaving the centers of each section lighter than the areas near the veins
  • Clean the brush and pick up Smoky Slate ink from the lid of the ink pad and apply along the outside edges of the rose and leaves to create a shadow
  • Clean the brush and with clear water gently work the color away from the embossed edge to soften the color as it moves away from the rose
  • Allow the watercolor paper to dry before adhering to another layer of paper (Tip:  you can speed up the drying time by using the Heat Tool on a low setting)

Adhere Watercolor Paper to a Copper Foil Sheet to create a copper border along the right and left edges of the Watercolor Paper.  Adhere the Copper Foil at the center of the card front.  Cut a banner tail at the left edge of a piece of 5/8" Burlap ribbon.  Fold the right edge under and adhere to the card front with the top edge of the ribbon approximately 1-1/4" from the top edge of the Watercolor Paper using Mini Glue Dots.

Using Crushed Curry ink, stamp the frame image on Whisper White cardstock.  Using Old Olive ink, stamp the "What A Beautiful Blessing You Are To Me." greeting inside the frame image.  Using the corresponding framelit from the Rose Garden Thinlits, die cut the greeting with the Big Shot along with a piece of Old Olive cardstock.  Using Paper Snips, trim the Whisper White frame close to the stamped frame image and adhere at the center of the Old Olive frame.  Adhere the greeting to the Burlap ribbon near the right side (folded part) of the ribbon using Mini Glue Dots.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock matted with a piece of Copper Foil Sheets to create a border of copper foil along the right and left edges of the Whisper White cardstock.  Before matting the Whisper White cardstock, the "Somehow God Knew I'd Need A Friend Just Like You." sentiment was stamped near the upper center of the liner using Crushed Curry ink.  The open leaf image was stamped above and below the sentiment from the right side of the liner using Old Olive ink.

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A scrap piece of copy paper was placed under the envelope flap of a Medium Whisper White Envelope.  The open leaf image was stamped along the lower edge and right side of the envelope flap using Old Olive ink.  The "Thank You" greeting was stamped at the center of the envelope flap using Crushed Curry ink.

I mentioned before that the greetings and sentiments included with the Rose Wonder stamp set are perfect for so many occasions and situations.  After seeing all the great ideas featuring during the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop for this truly lovely stamp set, I hope you're encouraged to give this stamp set a try.  I think you'll find it's a whole lot more versatile than it may have seemed at first glance.

Card Measurements --

Old Olive:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length, 2" x 3"; Watercolor Paper:  3-3/4" x 5-1/4"; Copper Foil Sheets:  2 @ 4" x 5-1/4"; Whisper White:  2" x 3", 3-3/4" x 5-1/4"; 5/8" Burlap ribbon:  5"

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used for this card --

Stamps:  Rose Wonder; Inks:  Crushed Curry, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, Smoky Slate, Tangerine Tango, Versamark; Cardstock:  Old Olive, Whisper White, Watercolor Paper, Copper Foil Sheets; Embellishments:  5/8" Burlap ribbon; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Embossing Buddy, Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Aquapainter, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform, Rose Garden Thinlits; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope


Rose Wonder -- With Sympathy

Hi There!

It's been a busy couple of days getting ready for this weekend's Stamp Club meetings.  Add in a significant part of today with my husband to help him select frames for replacement eyeglasses, coming home to a bit of a mess from a neurotic doggie (the USAF Thunderbirds are rehearsing overhead for an air show) and I'm feeling a bit pushed to be ready in time for the first meeting tomorrow.  It will all come together, though.  One good thing about today is that we went to a movie while we were waiting for the glasses to be completed.  We've been wanting to see Hidden Figures and I have to say that we thoroughly enjoyed it.  

Today's post is a follow-up from Monday's Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Rose Wonder stamp set.  To see the line up of international Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Artists that participated in the blog hop, click here.  To begin the hop, click here.

As I mentioned in my previous post, I was immediately drawn to the Rose Wonder stamp set because of the beautiful greetings and sentiments.  When I need to make a Sympathy card, I tend to work with simple designs but look for words and phrases that convey the sorrow and support that I want to express.  The combination of Rose Wonder stamp set and Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper does this beautifully.   

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This card begins with a card base of Night of Navy cardstock.  A slightly smaller panel of Whisper White cardstock was adhered at the center of the card front.  A piece of Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper was cut apart on the diagonal.  For this card I used a 4" x 4-1/4" piece of Designer Series Paper:  the 4" measurement is the width and the 4-1/4" measurement is the length.  The Stampin' Trimmer on my desktop has the widest part of the grid to the right of the cutting strip.  Place the paper at a diagonal across the cutting strip of the Stampin' Trimmer so that the top right corner of the paper rests on the 3/4" line of the horizontal ruler to the left of the cutting strip at the 6" mark of the vertical ruler on the cutting strip.  This will put the bottom left corner of the paper at the 2-3/4" line of the horizontal ruler to the right of the cutting strip at the the 7/8" mark of the vertical ruler on the cutting strip.  Here's a photo of a card from a previous post using the same technique.

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The two pieces were adhered to the Whisper White cardstock with the non-diagonal edges of the Designer Series Paper toward the center.  The top piece was adhered with the top, left, and right edges approximately 1/16" from the top, left, and right edges of the Whisper White cardstock.  The bottom piece was adhered with the bottom, left, and right edges approximately 1/16" from the bottom, left, and right edges of the Whisper White cardstock.

The "With Sympathy" greeting, from the Rose Wonder stamp set, was stamped using Night of Navy ink in the diagonal opening with the left side of the greeting approximately 1" from the left side of the Whisper White cardstock.  The small flower image was stamped four times on Rose Red cardstock using Rose Red ink.  The flowers were cut out with Paper Snips, the edges of the flower petals rolled up with the bone folder, and the large pearl from the Pearl Basic Jewels adhered at the center of three of the flowers.  The long leaf image was stamped four times on Garden Green cardstock using Garden Green ink.  The images were cut out with Paper Snips.

The bottom leaf was cut off two of the three long leaf images.  The two shortened leaf images and one of the long leaf images were adhered to create a three-pronged spray to the right of the "With Sympathy" greeting.  Two of the three Rose Red flowers with pearl centers were adhered over the leaf spray near the right side of diagonal.  The remaining flower with pearl center was adhered to the left of the first two flowers with a Stampin' Dimensional.  The two trimmed off bottom leaves were adhered in open areas around the flowers.

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The inside sentiment area was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The "You're In My Thoughts & Prayers" sentiment was stamped near the upper center of the liner using Night of Navy ink.  A strip of Night of Navy cardstock was adhered behind the top edge of a piece of Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper.  The combined strip was adhered along the bottom edge of the liner.  The remaining long leaf and flower were adhered near the lower left side of the liner at the top edge of the paper/cardstock strips.

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A bit of simple masking was used to stamp the layered flowers at the lower left front of the Medium Whisper White Envelope.  The first flower was stamped with Rose Red ink with the bottom edge of the flower approximately 3/4" from the bottom edge and 1" from the left edge of the envelope.  The flower was stamped again on a Post-It Note with a portion of the flower image over the repositionable adhesive area on the back of the Post-It Note.  The flower was cut out with Paper Snips and placed over the flower stamped on the envelope.  The long leaf image was stamped along the left side of the stamped (and covered) flower using Garden Green ink.  The second and third flowers were stamped above and below the first stamped (and covered) flower using Rose Red ink.  The Post-It Note was moved to cover the bottom flower and the long leaf image stamped to the right of the bottom flower using Garden Green ink.

Now it's back to getting ready for the Stamp Club meetings.  Have a great day!

Card Measurements --

Garden Green:  3" x 8-1/2"; Night of Navy:  5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4" along the 8-1/2" length, 1/2" x 4"; Rose Red:  1-1/2" x 6"; Whisper White:  4-1/8" x 5-3/8", 4" x 5-1/4"; Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper:  4-1/4" x 4", 1" x 4"

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used for this card --

Stamps:  Rose Wonder; Inks:  Garden Green, Night of Navy, Rose Red; Cardstock:  Garden Green, Night of Navy, Rose Wonder, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper:  Floral Boutique; Embellishments:  Pearl Basic Jewels; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope; Non-Stampin' Up!:  Post-It Note


Rose Wonder -- Happy Birthday

Hello!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I'm so glad you are here.  Today's post is a follow-up to yesterday's Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Rose Wonder stamp set and coordinating Rose Garden Thinlits.  If you haven't had time to travel through the hop, I hope you'll do so.  There are some wonderful ideas by some very talented Stampin' Up! demonstrators from around the world.  To see the line up of blog hop participants, click here.  To begin the hop, click here.

I was immediately drawn to the Rose Wonder stamp set because of the truly lovely greetings and sentiments.  But I wasn't sure I wanted to invest in another floral stamp set.  The coordinating Rose Garden Thinlits were very pretty, but seemed rather limited.  So I pondered...but when I began seeing all the great ideas for using this combo, I succumbed.  And I'm so glad I did!

One of the more fun ideas that sold me on the Thinlits was the idea of paper piecing the large rose with leaves thinlit.  Some demonstrators used coordinating cardstock colors to create depth and shading for the rose and leaves.  I wondered what would happen if I used Designer Series Paper for the paper piecing.  So I looked through my stash of Designer Series Paper and decided to go with some vivid pops of color using the Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Stack.

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This card begins with a card base of Basic Black cardstock.  A piece of paper from the Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Stack was matted with a slightly larger piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and attached to the center of the card front.

A piece of Basic Black cardstock was die cut with the Big Shot using the rose with leaves thinlit from the Rose Garden Thinlits.  The die cut was adhered to a piece of Peekaboo Peach cardstock using teeny tiny dots of Multipurpose Liquid adhesive.  The Peekaboo Peach cardstock was trimmed with Paper Snips to create a border around the outside of the die cut.

A Peekaboo Peach/Flirty Flamingo/Sweet Sugarplum/Very Vanilla swirl pattern piece of Playful Palette paper was placed under the rose area of the rose with leaves thinlit and die cut with the Big Shot.  The pieces of the paper inside the rose area of the die cut were carefully removed from the thinlit so that they are arranged on the work surface in the pattern of the die cut.  The individual pieces were adhered to the Peekaboo Peach cardstock inside the rose area of the thinlit cut from Basic Black cardstock using teeny tiny dots of Multipurpose Liquid adhesive.

Pieces of Emerald Envy/Very Vanilla crossed line pattern were placed under the leaves area of the rose with leaves thinlit and die cut with the Big Shot.  The pieces of paper inside the leaves area of the die cut were carefully removed from the thinlit so that they are arranged on the work surface in the pattern of the die cut.  The individual pieces were adhered to the Peekaboo Peach cardstock inside the leaves area of the thinlit cut from Basic Black cardstock using teeny tiny dots of Multipurpose Liquid adhesive.

Tip:  In some areas, the paper pieces are so tiny that the adhesive may ooze out and get on the Basic Black die cut.  To remove the adhesive, wait until it dries and then use the Adhesive Remover to pick up the bits of adhesive on the Basic Black.  

The completed paper piecing was adhered to the card front.  The decorative oval frame image, from the Rose Wonder stamp set, was stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock using Peekaboo Peach ink.  The "Happy Birthday" greeting was stamped at the center of the frame using Emerald Envy ink.  The frame was die cut with the Big Shot using the coordinating frame from the Rose Garden Thinlits.  The greeting was adhered near the top right of the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with Very Vanilla cardstock.  A piece of Peekaboo Peach cardstock was adhered behind a piece of Playful Palette Designer Series Paper.  The paper was adhered along the bottom of the liner.

The "congrats" image, from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set, was stamped near the upper center of the liner using Emerald Envy ink.  The "Sweet" and "Friend" images were stamped below the "congrats" image using Peekaboo Peach ink.

So you may be wondering why I used another stamp set for the sentiment when I made a point of saying that the sentiments in the Rose Wonder stamp set were so lovely.  For some reason, the sentiments just didn't seem to have the right "feel" for this card.  This card has such a graphic feel and the sentiments in the Rose Wonder stamp set seemed a bit too formal.  When I looked through my stamp sets, the words and phrases in the Thoughtful Banners stamp set were a better fit.

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A piece of Playful Palette Designer Series Paper was adhered to the envelope flap.  The excess was trimmed from the flap using Paper Snips.

This card was a little more time consuming than most cards that I make but the results were certainly worth the time spent.  I hope you'll consider this paper piecing technique when you are looking for alternate ways to use your intricate thinlits dies.  It's a great way to use up all those Designer Series Paper scraps you are reluctant to get rid of!

Card Measurements -- 

Basic Black:  5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4" along the 8-1/2" length, 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"; Peekaboo Peach:  4-1/4" x 5-1/2", 1/2" x 4"; Very Vanilla:  2 @ 4" x 5-1/4", 2" x 3"; Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Stack (black background with color dots):  3-7/8" x 5-1/8", 1-1/4" x 4", 2-1/4" x 6"; Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Stack (color swirl):  4" x 4"; Playful Palette Designer Series Paper (crossed lines):  1-1/2" x 2", 2-1/2" x 3"

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Supplies I used for this card --

Stamps:  Rose Wonder, Thoughtful Banners; Inks:  Emerald Envy, Peekaboo Peach; Cardstock:  Basic Black, Peekaboo Peach, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper:  Playful Palette Stack; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Multipurpose Liquid, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform and/or Precision Base Plate, Rose Garden Thinlits; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope