Today's post provides the how-to's for creating one of the cards designed for the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the This Little Piggy stamp set. To see a line up of all the Stampin' Up! artists who participated in the hop, click here. To begin the hop, click here.
When I saw the flying pig in the This Little Piggy stamp set, I was immediately reminded of a manager I interfaced with frequently when I worked at the Kennedy Space Center. She had flying pigs hanging from her office ceiling to provide a not so subtle dig at a couple of issues she dealt with pretty much on a daily basis: the first was having her ideas taken seriously working in a predominantly male field and the second for the effort it took to advance as a woman in the engineering and aerospace world. In the 23 years that I worked there, this manager advanced a few more times and actively mentored women engineers to guide them through the convoluted paths of the "boys club".
This card begins with a card base of Dapper Denim cardstock. A piece of Dapper Denim color gradation paper from the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack was covered with the cloud mask from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks and Embossing Paste applied to the paper using a palette knife. [Tip: Be sure to remove the mask from the paper and IMMEDIATELY rinse the Embossing Paste and palette knife as once the embossing paste on the mask and palette knife dries it cannot be removed.] Set the paper aside to dry for approximately 30 minutes (it make take longer depending upon the thickness of the embossing paste). [Tip: If you decide to speed up the drying process, you can use the Heat Tool on the low setting but be aware that applying the Heat Tool to Embossing Paste will cause it to bubble up a bit. Of course, with clouds, this is actually a pretty cool effect.]
Once the Embossing Paste is dry, mat the paper with a slightly larger piece of Silver Foil Sheets and adhere at the center of the card front.
Using Basic Black ink, stamp the "She Believed She Could..." sentiment on a strip of Whisper White cardstock using Basic Black Archival ink. Cut a banner tail to the right of "Could..." and mat the Whisper White cardstock with a slightly larger banner of Silver Foil Sheets. The banners were adhered at the lower left corner of the paper with the left ends of the banners flush with the left edge of the paper. The bottom of the Silver Foil Sheets banner is 1/4" above the bottom edge of the paper. A bow made from Silver 1/8" ribbon was adhered at the left edge of the banner using a rolled up Mini Glue Dot.
The flying pig image was stamped on a piece of Powder Pink cardstock using Basic Black Archival ink and cut out with Paper Snips. The image was reinked and stamped on Shimmery White cardstock. The wings part of the image were cut out and adhered over the wings of the Powder Pink flying pig. The flying pig was adhered at the right center of the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.
The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock. The clouds mask was placed over the liner and Smoky Slate ink was sponged over the mask to create clouds on the upper half of the liner. Soft Sky ink was sponged around and between the clouds. The "So She Did..." sentiment was stamped at the upper center of the liner using Basic Black Archival ink.
The clouds mask was placed over the envelope flap of the Medium Whisper White Envelope. [Tip: Place a scrap piece of paper between the envelope flap and the body of the envelope to prevent ink from straying to the body of the envelope.] Smoky Slate ink was sponged over the mask to create clouds. The mask was removed and Soft Sky ink was sponged around and between the clouds.
When I created the clouds background for this card, it was actually the first time I had used the product. Since that time I've had a couple more opportunities to use Embossing Paste and my skills have improved with practice. One of the things that you may have noticed on the background above is that there are lines and gaps in the embossing paste that are not consistent with clouds. I learned that if I had made a couple more passes with the palette knife to smooth out the embossing paste a little bit more I would have eliminated those lines and gaps. Of course, leaving those lines and gaps may actually add character to other backgrounds you create using the other masks in the Pattern Party Decorative Masks. Give it a try!
Card Measurements --
Dapper Denim: 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Powder Pink: 2" x 3"; Whisper White: 1/2" x 2-7/16", 4" x 5-1/4"; Shimmery White: 1-1/2" x 1-1/2"; Silver Foil Sheets: 4" x 5-1/4", 3/4" x 2-5/8"; Color Theory Designer Series Paper Pack: 3-3/4" x 5"; Silver 1/8" ribbon: 6"
Supplies I used to make this card --
Stamps: This Little Piggy; Inks: Basic Black Archival, Smoky Slate, Soft Sky; Cardstock: Dapper Denim, Powder Pink, Whisper White, Shimmery White, Silver Foil Sheets; Designer Series Paper: Color Theory Pack; Embellishments: Silver 1/8" ribbon; Adhesives: Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools: Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Sponge, Embossing Paste, Palette Knives, Pattern Party Decorative Masks; Other: Medium Whisper White Envelope