Today's post has the how-to's for making the Wedding Card I featured during Monday's Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Flower Shop stamp set. To see the complete lineup of artists for the hop, click here. There are so many wonderful ideas--you definitely want to take the time to hop through all the great blogs.
One of the first things I look at when I receive a new Stampin' Up! Catalog is the Designer Series Paper. I just LOVE paper! Living in a coastal area, papers with aquatic or coastal themes always appeal and the By the Shore Designer Series Paper is just gorgeous! The interesting thing, though, is that my favorite design in the package is one that could be used for anything. It's just a beautiful ombre with a subtle wave design going from Very Vanilla to Calypso Coral and back to Very Vanilla. I just knew that this paper would be part of a beautiful card front combined with an image from the Flower Shop stamp set. What do you think?
This card begins with a card base of Calypso Coral cardstock. A panel of Soft Sky cardstock was used to mat a piece of the ombre paper and then adhered to the card front. A strip of Soft Sky cardstock was die cut with the Big Shot and the long wavy thinlit from the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits. The wave was adhered along the left side of the ombre paper using the Fine Tip Glue Pen.
When I first learned to stamp, the technique that gave me the biggest "Wow!" moment was heat embossing. Watching the powder melt and become shiny was so exciting! I don't heat emboss often, but when I do, I usually go crazy and heat emboss everything in sight. That's pretty much what I did on this card.
The pretty flowers on this card were embossed with the new Copper Stampin' Emboss powder on Vellum cardstock. To begin, swipe the Embossing Buddy across the Vellum cardstock. This helps to ensure that the embossing powder sticks only to the ink. Stamp the scribble line "doodle" flower image from the Flower Shop stamp set four times on the Vellum cardstock using Versamark ink; reinking the stamp for every image. Cover the inked images with the embossing powder and tap the back of the Vellum cardstock to knock off the excess powder back into the container. Use the Heat Tool to melt the embossing powder until shiny making sure that you keep your fingers out of the way of the business end of the Heat Tool. The Pansy punch was used to punch out the four flowers. Three of the flowers were adhered along the wavy die cut on the card front using Mini Glue Dots. [The fourth flower is for the liner at the inside sentiment area of the card.]
Thread a double strand of Copper Metallic Thread through the buttonholes of three small Classy Designer Buttons and tie in a knot on the front of each button. Adhere each button at the three flower centers on the card front using Mini Glue Dots.
Using Versamark, stamp the "Marriage is a Journey" greeting from the Flourishing Phrases stamp set on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock swiped with the Embossing Buddy. Cover the ink with Copper Stampin' Emboss powder; tapping the excess back into the container. Melt the embossing powder with the Heat Tool. Die cut the cardstock with the Big Shot and the Layering Ovals Framelits. Die cut a piece of Calypso Coral cardstock with the Big Shot and the next larger size Layering Oval Framelits with a scallop edge. Adhere the two ovals at the centers and use Stampin' Dimensionals to attach the greeting to the card front with the bottom edge of the ovals approximately 1" from the bottom edge of the card base.
The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a panel of Very Vanilla cardstock. A strip of the ombre patterned paper was adhered along the left side of the liner. The "Good Thing You Get to Bring Your Best Friend Along" sentiment, from the Flourishing Phrases stamp set, was stamped on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock using Versamark ink. The ink was covered with Copper Stampin' Emboss powder; the excess powder tapped off into the container. The embossing powder was melted with the Heat Tool. The cardstock was die cut with the Big Shot using the long banner framelit included with the Gift Card Envelope & Trims Thinlits. The die cut banner was matted with a piece of Soft Sky cardstock and adhered to the upper center of the liner. The fourth copper-embossed vellum flower was adhered at the left end of the banner using a Mini Glue Dot.
The left front side of the Medium Very Vanilla Envelope was swiped with the Embossing Buddy and the scribble line "doodle" flower image was stamped three times along the left edge of the envelope using Versamark ink, reinking the image each time it was stamped. The ink was covered with Copper Stampin' Emboss powder; the excess tapped off the envelope back into the container. The embossing powder was melted with the Heat Tool. Note that heat embossed images on envelopes don't tend to travel well through the mail system. If I were going to snail mail this card, I'd most likely replace the embossed copper flowers on the envelope with Calypso Coral stamped images OR use the new Calypso Coral Ombre Stampin' Pad to ink the images.
If you liked the script and the greeting/sentiment used for this card, then you'll want to return for the next Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop on July 4th. This hop will feature the Flourishing Phrases stamp set that contains the greeting/sentiment and you are going to FALL IN LOVE with the beautiful greetings and sentiments as well as the floral flourish images. AND when you see the coordinating Thinlits...well, all I can say is be prepared to have your red, white, and blue socks knocked off!
Have a great weekend!
Supplies I used for this project --
Stamps: Flower Shop, Flourishing Phrases; Inks: Versamark; Cardstock: Calypso Coral, Soft Sky, Very Vanilla, Vellum; Designer Series Paper: By the Shore; Embellishments: Classy Designer Buttons, Copper Metallic Thread; Adhesives: Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals, Fine Tip Glue Pen; Tools: Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Embossing Buddy, Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Pansy punch, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform and Precision Base Plate, Gift Card Envelope & Trims Thinlits, Swirly Scribble Thinlits, Layering Ovals Framelits; Other: Medium Very Vanilla Envelope