Thursday, July 23, 2009

Elegant Bouquet Embossing Folder

Ever have one of those days? Of course you have! I had one last week, and it's taken me a while to recover. I'm getting back on track now, and wanted to share a quick card. When I say 'quick', I mean I took out my new supplies, assembled stamps, used brand new product for the first time, came up with a new technique (new to me at least), designed the card, and then ran pieces through my Big Shot and cut up enough card stock for 14 more people to make this less than 2 hours. So, if you're making this at home, with my card for a cheat sheet, I can't imagine it would take you more than about 5 minutes to get this done!

My color inspiration came from a Bed Bath & Beyond circular that was lying on my desk. I used Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, Green Galore, and Whisper White. Another couple of colors I saw used with this combo in the circular were Basic Black, and Night of Navy, so you may want to give those a try, too!

The only real trick to this card is using Sponge Daubers to color the raised dry embossed floral and flourish details. You'll want to dab your Sponge Dauber in your ink pad, then dab the color off until it's almost not there. You can do this on a paper towel, or just scratch paper. Then you pounce over the raised area where you want the color, twisting your dauber ever so slightly as you make contact with the card stock. Try to dab lightly, so most of your contact is made on the raised part. The trick is to keep the color LIGHT on your dauber, so that you can build up the color. You can always add more, you just can't take color off. Practice on scrap pieces of dry embossed card stock first.

Have a blast with this crisp, cool summer color combo. And don't forget: I'M OFFERING 15% OFF YOUR ENTIRE MERCHANDISE TOTAL through July 31st, so check out the Stampin' Supplies list below, and then hop on over to my ONLINE STORE to get what you need! Remember, Styled Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware is on sale this week, and you can get 15% off the already discounted price with my sale. (Online orders will receive their 15% off in the form of a rebate check, 2-3 weeks after purchase.)

Stampin' Supplies: Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set, Favorite Things stamp set (optional, for tag), Bermuda Bay card stock and ink pad, Melon Mambo ink pad and Polka Dotted Grosgrain Ribbon, Green Galore card stock and ink pad, Whisper White card stock, Elegant Bouquet Embossing Folder, Modern Label Punch, Sponge Daubers. [Dress It Up: The punched tag looks ultra cute with one 3/16" brad on each side. Consider purchasing the Vintage Brads assortment, to have a number of coordinating neutral choices. And, you can add even more bling by dotting the centers of your flowers with Two-Way Glue, and pouring on just a bit of Dazzling Diamonds Glitter!]

~Kimberley Morris
Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator

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