If you follow my blog you may have noticed that I'm way behind on providing the how-to's for all the projects I've been creating for the recent blog hops. I'm hoping to use the next couple of weeks to get caught up on sharing all that information. Thanks so much for your patience!
So, today's post provides the how-to's for creating one of the cards designed for the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Window Shopping 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.
Once I got my "feet wet" with the embossing paste, I decided to use it again for a focal point. This time, I wanted to add some color to the embossing paste.
This card begins with the focal point because embossing paste needs some time to dry before you can add color or die cut around it. The floral die from the Window Box Thinlits (designed to die cut the box top of the hexagon box) was used to die cut a Window Sheet to create a mask for the embossing paste. [Tip: Use the Precision Base Plate to achieve best die cutting results with detailed thinlits. You'll notice that there will be a "crackle" noise as the Window Sheet is die cut by the thinlit. Keep rolling the sandwich back and forth through the Big Shot until you no longer hear the Window Sheet "crackle".]
Place the Window Sheet over a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and use repositionable tape to hold the mask in place over the cardstock. Apply the embossing paste with a palette knife and then IMMEDIATELY remove the mask to remove the embossing paste from the mask and palette knife under running water. Pat both sides of the mask dry with a paper towel. Set the cardstock aside to dry for a while--about 1/2 hour. [Tip: You can speed up the drying time by using the Heat Tool. However, it is important to note that if you get the embossing paste too hot, it will begin to bubble. For some images, this may be a good effect to achieve but probably not for this project.]
Once the embossing paste has dried, replace the mask over the embossing paste and tape the mask down with repositionable tape. Use a sponge dauber to apply color to the embossing paste. I used Fresh Fig for the center flower, Peekaboo Peach for the three large rosette flowers, Night of Navy for the small rosette flowers (they have a stem), Emerald Envy for the stems of the small rosette flowers, and Lemon Lime Twist for the dotted filler coming from the center flower.
Once the sponging is complete, carefully remove the mask (rinse the ink off the mask with water and pat dry with a paper towel). Note that the ink will take a little longer to dry than normal when applied to the embossing paste. Just set the cardstock aside until you've assembled the rest of the card front. [Tip: You can speed up the drying time of the ink by using a Heat Tool on the low setting keeping the tip of the heat tool about 4 inches away from the cardstock.]
Night of Navy cardstock was used for the card base. A piece of Burlap ribbon was wrapped around the front of a panel of Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper just slightly above center with the ends of the ribbon adhered at the back of the paper using Mini Glue Dots. The "Thinking of You" greeting, from the Window Shopping stamp set, was stamped at the center of a strip of Very Vanilla cardstock using Night of Navy ink. Two strips of Night of Navy cardstock were punched with the Decorative Ribbon Border punch and adhered behind the strip of Very Vanilla cardstock with the scallop edge showing just above the top edge and just below the bottom edge of the strip. The strip was adhered near the bottom edge of the paper panel with the right and left edges of the cardstock strip flush with the right and left edges of the paper panel. The paper panel was adhered at the center of the card front.
A piece of Night of Navy cardstock was die cut with the largest of the scallop edge circle dies from the Layering Circles Framelits. The largest of the circle dies from the Layering Circles Framelits was used to die cut the sponged focal point. The two pieces were adhered together and then adhered to the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals with the focal point centered over the Burlap ribbon near the left edge of the card front.
A "bunny bow" created from Peekaboo Peach Crinkle Seam Binding ribbon was adhered at the right edge of the focal point on top of the Burlap ribbon using a Mini Glue Dot.
A heart-shaped gold Metallic Enamel Shape was adhered next to the "U" in "You" on the Very Vanilla cardstock strip.
The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist, and Peekaboo Peach Stampin' Write Markers were used to color the small flower with leaves from the Window Shopping stamp set: Fresh Fig for the flower petals, Peekaboo Peach for the flower center, and Lemon Lime Twist for the leaves. The flower was stamped three times at the upper left corner of the liner, re-inking for each stamping. [Tips: When applying ink to stamps with markers, use the side of the brush tip for best ink application results AND to minimize damage to the brush tip. Once the ink is applied, "huff" on the stamp to remoisten the ink.]
Using Versamark, randomly stamp the small flower with leaves stamp across a strip of Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper. Punch a strip of Night of Navy cardstock with the Decorative Ribbon Border punch and adhere behind the top edge of the paper strip so that the scallop edge of the Night of Navy strip is just visible above the top edge of the paper strip. Adhere the paper strip along the bottom edge of the liner so that the left, bottom, and right edge of the paper is flush with the left, bottom, and right edge of the liner.
Using Versamark, randomly stamp the small flower with leaves stamp across a piece of Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper. Adhere the paper to the back flap of a Medium Very Vanilla Envelope. Open the envelope flap and use Paper Snips to trim the paper along the edges of the envelope flap.
Needless to say, this project is not one that can be completed in a few moments but I think the results were well worth the time investment.
However, if you find that this project may be just a little much to take on, then think about the individual elements that you might want to incorporate into your projects:
- Use a small stamp with Versamark to create a background on cardstock or Designer Series Paper
- Think about your thinlits dies as a potential mask. You don't have to use embossing paste with the mask; just use the sponge and inks. Store the mask with the thinlits or coordinating stamp set
Card Measurements --
Night of Navy: 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length, 3-1/2" x 3-1/2", 3 @ 3/4" x 4-1/4"; Very Vanilla: 3/4" x 4", 4" x 4", 4" x 5-1/4"; Window Sheets: 4" x 4"; Naturally Eclectic Designer Series Paper: 4" x 5-1/4", 1" x 4", 2-1/4" x 6"; Burlap ribbon: 5"; Peekaboo Peach Crinkled Seam Binding ribbon: 10"
Supplies I used to make this card --
Stamps: Window Shopping; Inks: Emerald Envy, Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist, Peekaboo Peach, Versamark; Stampin' Write Markers: 2017-2019 In Color (Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist), 2016-2018 In Color (Peekaboo Peach); Cardstock: Night of Navy, Very Vanilla, Window Sheets; Designer Series Paper: Naturally Eclectic; Embellishments: Metallic Enamel Shapes, Burlap ribbon, Peekaboo Peach Crinkle Seam Binding ribbon; Adhesives: Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools: Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Sponge Daubers, Decorative Ribbon Border punch, Embossing Paste, Palette Knives, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform and Precision Base Plate, Window Box Thinlits, Layering Circles Framelits; Other: Medium Very Vanilla Envelope; Non-Stampin' Up!: Repositionable Tape