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Hello!  I hope all is well in your world.

My world is a little crazy right now, but it's a fun kind of crazy.  I've really focused in on my Stampin' Up! business in the last few months and, while the hours have been long, the creativity has been awesome!  I've been meeting lots of people, sharing my love of papercrafting, and enjoying watching folks have a good time while they get their hands sticky and their fingers inky!  I love it!

Today's project was designed for a workshop that occurred yesterday evening.  I met with a wonderful group of ladies who all work together at a local church and are all great friends to each other.  I've met with these ladies many times and they are all pretty talented papercrafters!  So, it's a personal goal for me to create a project that will challenge their papercrafting skills.  Last night's hostess, Sandy, asked for a Fall card, so I pulled out my new Color Coach and looked for a color combo that featured colors that evoked a feeling of Fall:  Cajun Craze, More Mustard, and Not Quite Navy.  I added three neutral colors to this combo:  Crumb Cake (the cardstock color formerly known as Kraft), Early Espresso, and Very Vanilla.  Here's the card that they made.

Presto_Vintage_Sympathy

I'll be honest and admit that when the ladies saw this card at the work table they all ooohed and aaahed, but gave me "the look."  You know, the one that says "You've got to be kidding me!"  So I began to explain how the card was made and "the look" intensified.  The good news is that once they got to work, they realized that the card really wasn't hard to make nor did it take very long to make.  They admitted that the key to this card was in the details.  And it is.  It's ALL about the details.  But if you consider the sentiment, you'd want to have a pretty special card to match such a heartfelt wish.  So here's how the card is made:

  • A piece of Presto Patterns Specialty Designer Series Paper was sponged around the edges with Cajun Craze ink to get a pretty intense line of Cajun Craze along the edges of the paper.  Then a less intense sponging of Cajun Craze was added just inside the edges moving toward the center of the paper about 3/4 inch.  More Mustard was added to the paper in more of a burnishing motion with the sponge to really drive in the color all over the paper (even over the Cajun Craze ink near the edges)
  • In each corner of the paper the loose vine image from the Vintage Vogue stamp set was stamped with Crumb Cake ink.  It's not very visible, but it helps to ground the flowers that will be added later.  Then the sentiment, from the Word Play stamp set, was stamped in the middle of the paper with Early Espresso ink.  The paper is mounted to a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock whose edges were sponged with Cajun Craze ink and then to a piece of Early Espresso cardstock whose edges were sponged with Early Espresso ink.  A piece of Early Espresso 1/8" Taffeta ribbon was wrapped around these layers and knotted on the front just below the sentiment
  • A strip of Not Quite Navy cardstock was punched with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon punch, sponged with Not Quite Navy ink and then adhered under the left side of the layers so that only half of the punched area peeks out.  The entire layered focal point is now adhered to the card front whose edges are sponged with Cajun Craze ink
  • The large and small flowers of the Vintage Vogue stamp set are stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock with Not Quite Navy and Crumb Cake, then cut out with Paper Snips.  The edges of the Not Quite Navy flowers were sponged with Cajun Craze ink and the Crumb Cake flower edges with More Mustard ink.  The petals of the large flowers were rolled under and the petals of the small flowers were rolled up using the bone folder.  The flowers were assembled and joined with Gold brads.  The flowers placed in the upper and lower left corners were adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals and the flowers placed to the right of these flowers were adhered with Mini Glue Dots

Presto_Vintage_Sympathy_Inside

(click on card to see larger image)

The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock whose edges were sponged with Cajun Craze ink.  The loose vine image was stamped three times in the lower right corner with Crumb Cake ink and a large flower of Not Quite Navy and two small flowers of More Mustard were stamped among the vines.

Presto_Vintage_Sympathy_Envelope

(click on envelope to see a larger image)

This pattern is repeated on the lower left front corner of the Very Vanilla envelope.  The difference is that the loose vine is only stamped twice.

One of the ladies in the group, while sponging all eight of the flowers, mentioned that the amount of sponging in this project took some time.  I agreed, and before I could discuss why I felt all the sponging was necessary for this particular design, another of the ladies stated that the card just wouldn't be finished without it.  It really is ALL in the details.

Robertssiggy

Stamps:  Vintage Vogue, Word Play; Inks:  Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, More Mustard, Not Quite Navy; Cardstock:  Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Not Quite Navy, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper:  Presto Patterns Specialty; Embellishments:  Gold Brads, Early Espresso 1/8" Taffeta ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Sponge, Paper Piercer/Mat Pack, Dotted Scallop Ribbon punch; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope

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Cindy E.

Truly a work of art, Mickey. And it sounds like at least one of the ladies "gets" it!!! The one who remarked first probably is more of a CAS card gal. :)

Yapha

Wow! What visually stunning card! Absolutely spectacular!

Retha

Very pretty card. Thanks for posting the instructions.

Anita A.

Stunning!

Diane Ouellette

I just had to keep referring back to your card as I read how you did it. It's just facinating! It looks like gold outlining the flowers!...I kept thinking she must have used some of the smooch gold lame...but no. And the petals look like you did them out of vellum! Just amazing "details"! LOVE it.

Rhonda L

Stunning card! Lovely!

Heidi

Love the flowers. They are beautiful!

Kandi

I thought they flowers were gold embossed too! Gorgeous card

Karen Gilbert

Mickey, what a beautiful card. You have so many textures and colours working together. It was great to see how you do all this. Thanks for sharing the "how to"

Diane Simpers

Just fantastic! You've outdone yourself on this one! I love the sponging on the flowers. It really finishes the card.
I just returned from 2 weeks of vacation and I love seeing what you've been up to! TFS
Diane

Sjs2243

Breathtaking! This card gives me goosebumps (a good thing). Your instructions will be very helpful as I CASE this card. Thank you for sharing.

Jill

This is absolutely beautiful!!! I think I will have to try it. Thank you so much for sharing this gorgeous card.

Bobbie Gold

I just love this card.
The colors are so warm and gentle.
Anyone who would receive this card would feel well thought of.
Fabulous job.
thanks for sharing.

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