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Today's post is a pretty wedding card I designed for the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Thoughtful Banners stamp set. To see a line up of the Stampin' Up! Artists who participated in the hop, click here. To begin the hop, click here.
I love to fussy cut. There--I've said it, I own it, I'm OK with you thinking that I'm nuts. I know that there are those of you who are looking at this card and thinking that this is a really pretty card, but you are saying to yourself that if there's not a framelit or thinlit for the Big Shot that will cut out those flowers, this card is not going to be made by you. I used to think that way, too. Until I learned how to fussy cut. There are some important things to remember about fussy cutting:
- It is imperative that you have a pair of very sharp micro-tip scissors (Stampin' Up!'s Paper Snips are perfect for fussy cutting).
- When fussing cutting, the scissors don't move...the paper moves. This takes some getting used to, but once you get used to doing this, fussy cutting is super easy. Hold the paper firmly, but flexibly, with the fingertips of one hand and rotate the paper.
This card begins with a card base of Blushing Bride cardstock. A length of Very Vanilla 1/2" Lace Trim was adhered along the back left edge of a piece of Falling in Love Designer Series Paper (Retired--Sold Out). The paper/lace was adhered at the center of a piece of Sweet Sugarplum cardstock cut slightly smaller than the card front and then adhered at the center of the card front.
The "screen" smudge stamp, from the Touches of Texture stamp set, was stamped three times near the upper center of the Designer Series Paper using Sweet Sugarplum ink. The flower bunch image, also from the Touches of Texture stamp set, was stamped three times on Very Vanilla cardstock using Sahara Sand ink. The images were watercolored using the Blender Pen and Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, and Sweet Sugarplum inks (Tip: Pick up the ink from the inside of the ink pad cover after pressing the ink pad cover to the ink pad while the ink pad is closed). The images were cut out with Paper Snips (and an X-Acto Knife for the small areas not easily accessible with scissors) and adhered at the center of the card front using Mini Glue Dots.
The curved outline banner image, from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set, was stamped on Sweet Sugarplum cardstock using Sweet Sugarplum ink. The image was punched out using the Duet Banner punch and adhered over the flower stems using Stampin' Dimensionals. The "congrats" image, also from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set, was stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock using Sweet Sugarplum ink. The image was cut out with Paper Snips and adhered at the center of the banner using rolled up Mini Glue Dots.
A piece of Very Vanilla 1/4" Satin ribbon (Retiring) was tied into a bow and adhered immediately below the banner with a Mini Glue Dot.
The flower bunch image was stamped at the lower left corner of the Very Vanilla liner using Sahara Sand ink. The image was watercolored with the Blender Pen and Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, and Sweet Sugarplum inks. The "Here's to New Beginnings" sentiment, from the Everyday Tags stamp set, was stamped near the upper center of the liner using Sweet Sugarplum ink. The liner was adhered at the inside sentiment area of the card base.
The flower bunch image was stamped at the lower left front corner of the Medium Very Vanilla Envelope using Sahara Sand ink. The image was watercolored with the Blender Pen and Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, and Sweet Sugarplum inks. The "celebrate" sentiment was stamped below the image using Sweet Sugarplum ink.
Sometimes fussy cutting is just the right technique for taking a stamped image to the next level. Take some time to practice the technique--the good news is that all those practice pieces will be ready for creating the focal point of your next project.
Card Measurements --
Blushing Bride: 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Sweet Sugarplum: 4" x 5-1/4", 2" x 3"; Very Vanilla: 3 @ 2" x 4", 1" x 2"; Falling In Love Designer Series Paper: 3-1/2" x 5"; Very Vanilla 1/2" Lace Trim: 5"; Very Vanilla 1/4" Satin ribbon: 8"
Supplies I used for this card --
Stamps: Thoughtful Banners, Touches of Texture, Everyday Tags; Inks: Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, Sahara Sand, Sweet Sugarplum; Cardstock: Blushing Bride, Sweet Sugarplum, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper: Falling In Love; Embellishments: Very Vanilla 1/2" Lace Trim, Very Vanilla 1/4" Satin ribbon; Adhesives: Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools: Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Blender Pens, Duet Banner punch; Other: Medium Very Vanilla Envelope