Good golly, it's HOT!! Certainly a redundant thing to say in the Summertime, isn't it? Fortunately, the sea breezes are keeping the hot air from becoming stifling and the swimming pool is providing relaxing relief. I keep reminding myself that there are quite a few places that are much hotter than East Central Florida; I can't help but pray for all those who are suffering after the recent weeks of hotter than normal temperatures. I'm so glad to see that for most of them, this week will bring some cooling temperatures.
The last few days I've been working on invitations for a workshop near the end of July. My BFF Terry is excited about all the great new stuff in the 2012-2013 Stampin' Up! Catalog and is looking for an opportunity to get together with some friends she hasn't seen in a while, do some paper crafting, and earn some FREE stuff from the new catalog. The card design I used for the workshop invitations is my favorite and I think of it as my go-to design because you can keep it simple or dress it up with a few extra details.
I'm really enjoying working with the Floral District Designer Series Paper with all the vivid color combinations. For the workshop invitation, I wanted to highlight the pretty floral print you see at the top of the card that features Baja Breeze, Rich Razzleberry, Rose Red, and Tangerine Tango.
This card begins with a piece of Tangerine Tango cardstock. The floral print was adhered near the top of the Tangerine Tango panel and a piece of Rich Razzleberry cardstock, embossed with the Fancy Fan Textured Impressions embossing folder using the Big Shot, was adhered near the bottom of the panel. A piece of Whisper White 3/8" Taffeta ribbon was wrapped around the panel to cover the area where the paper and cardstock meet and knotted. Added to the knot was a tag made with one of the labels from the Lovely Little Labels stamp set stamped in Tangerine Tango on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock and punched out using the corresponding punch from the Little Labels Punch Pack. A piece of Linen Thread was threaded through a hole pierced into the tag. The small butterfly from the A Fitting Occasion stamp set was stamped on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock using Baja Breeze ink, cut out with Paper Snips, and adhered to the tag with a Stampin' Dimensional that was cut in half. The tag was anchored to the cardstock using a Mini Glue Dot. The Tangerine Tango panel was adhered to the front of the Baja Breeze card base using SNAIL.
The focal point begins with a piece of Rose Red cardstock punched with the 2 3/8" Scallop Circle punch. A circle of pierced holes was added to the punched scallop circle using the Essentials Paper Piercing Pack. [I just LOVE this new tool! It has paper piercing templates for most of the Stampin' Up! punches, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Adorning Accents Edgelits, and Large Scallop Edgelits. Very cool!] A statement from the Workshop Words stamp set (that I received for FREE at last year's Stampin' Up! Convention) was inked using the brush tip of the Baja Breeze and Rich Razzleberry Stampin' Write Markers, stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock, and punched out using the 1 3/4" circle punch. The Whisper White circle was adhered, centered, to the Rose Red Scallop Circle and adhered to the upper left area of the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.
The inside sentiment area of the invitation was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock. Images from the Papillon Potpourri stamp set were stamped at the upper left corner and lower right corner of the liner using Baja Breeze and Rose Red inks in a process known as two-step stamping. The solid background image is stamped first in the lighter Baja Breeze ink and the floral butterfly wings were stamped directly onto the solid image using Rose Red ink.
The wording for the invitation was printed on vellum using my home printer (I've removed the personal info for this sample). Once the ink dried, I stamped a couple more butterflies in open areas of the printed invitation using Staz-On Jet Black ink. I colored the images on the BACK of the vellum using the brush tip of Rich Razzleberry and Tangerine Tango Stampin' Write Markers (stained glass technique). You can see that the butterfly near the upper right is Rich Razzleberry along the black areas with Tangerine Tango in the center areas of the wings. The butterfly stamped near the lower left corner has Tangerine Tango along the black areas with Rich Razzleberry in the center areas of the wings.
A couple more floral butterflies were stamped at the lower left front corner of the Medium Whisper White Envelope using Baja Breeze and Rich Razzleberry inks.
I'm looking forward to Terry's workshop in a few weeks. I will have just returned from the Stampin' Up! Convention in Salt Lake City and will have lots to share with Terry and her friends.
I'll be back in a couple of days with a stepped up version of this card design.
Stamps: A Fitting Occasion, Lovely Little Labels, Papillon Potpourri; Inks: Baja Breeze, Rich Razzleberry, Rose Red, Tangerine Tango; Stampin' Write Markers: Baja Breeze, Rich Razzleberry; Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Rich Razzleberry, Rose Red, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White; Designer Series Paper: Floral District; Embellishments: Linen Thread, Whisper White 3/8" Taffeta ribbon; Adhesives: SNAIL, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools: Paper Snips, Paper Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool; Bone Folder, Paper Piercing Tool, Essentials Paper Piercing Pack, Little Labels Punch Pack, 1 3/4" circle punch, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle punch, Big Shot w/Standard Cutting Plates, Multi-Purpose Platform, Fancy Fan Textured Impressions embossing folder; Other: Medium Whisper White Envelope