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Suite Celebration…

That is not a typo in the title of this post.  Still celebrating by using the Cake Soiree Suite of products.  There’s just so many possibilities here…

It all starts with that “smooshed” background…

A glamour close up.

This ribbon is super nice for bow making.

And a peek inside.

The sentiment “celebrate” was used and the inside left blank because I may want to use this card as a birthday, anniversary or wedding.  Another reason this set is so versatile.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Berry Burst and Silver Foil Cardstock, plus watercolor paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Berry Burst, Powder Pink, Old Olive and Pool Party
  • Stamps:  Cake Soiree
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Berry Burst 3/8″ Metallic Edge Ribbon, Linen Thread, Sweet Cake Framelits Dies, Low Tack Tape, Spritzer, Blends Pens or Markers

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″.  Score, fold and burnish at 5-1/2″
  • The Berry Burst layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The Watercolor paper layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.
  • Add low tack tape around edges of watercolor paper to create a 1/4″ border.  Add Pool Party and Berry Burst ink to an “E” Acrylic Block with markers or ink pad and spritz with water.  Smoosh block onto watercolor paper and lift after giving the ink time to be absorbed.
  • Cut a piece of Berry Burst Metallic Trimmed Ribbon 5-1/2″ then add around bottom of watercolor paper at the 1-1/4″ mark attaching at back with SNAIL.  Add this layer to card front with multipurpose glue and weight the layers down while drying.
  • Cut the cake stand from Silver Foil Cardstock.
  • Make a bow with several loops tying in the center with Linen Thread.
  • Stamp cake on scrap Thick Whisper White with Archival Basic Black.  Color with markers or Blends Pens.
  • Stamp sentiment on scrap Thick Whisper White with Archival Basic Black and trim.  Tag one end.  Stamp flower outlines with Powder Pink and Berry Burst just off the paper.
  • Add cake stand to card front with multipurpose glue just outside the taped border with multipurpose glue.  Weight the piece to dry.
  • Add bow to stand base with glue dots.
  • Add cake to stand with dimensionals.
  • Inside the Berry Burst layer is 3-3/8″ x 4-3/8″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.  Stamp larger flower and mask.  Stamp two smaller flowers and leaves before removing mask.  Add to Berry Burst layer with SNAIL.
  • The Flowers could also be added to the envelope front and colored to coordinate with the card.

This year I intend to be much more organized.  Did I hear sniggering?  Seriously!  I don’t want to be scrambling for a card when I need it.

It’s Friday!  Hope your weekend will be filled with everything you want to do and nothing you don’t.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

for me that would be watercoloring.

Come get inky with me and be HaPpY!

 

B

Sweet Soiree…

 

This suite of products has every possible embellishment, and on this card I used several…did I over do it?  There’s no “over doing” when it comes to embellishments!  The more the merrier…

Oh shoot!  I forgot the sequins…(kidding)

There are several layers in this background…maybe a Sunday afternoon video?

Gold is back in the fashion world and in stamping too!

And a peek inside.

Here is the Stuff ‘N Digits for this card…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White, Pool Party and Gold Foil Cardstock plus Vellum and Watercolor paper
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black and Tranquil Tide plus VersaMark
  • Stamps:  Cake Soiree
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  1/8″ Gold Ribbon, Linen Thread, Sweet Cake Framelits Dies, Gold Embossing Powder, Sweet Soiree Decorative Masks, sponge dauber

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″.  Score, fold and burnish at 4-1/4″.
  • The Gold Foil layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached with multipurpose glue.
  • The watercolor layer is 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″.  With Tranquil Tide and Pool Party Ink Pad, cover the surface of a “F” Acrylic Block.  Spritz with water and “stamp” the watercolor paper.  Leave in place a few seconds to give the paper time to absorb the color.  Lift straight up.  Gorgeous! Right?
  • Using the rose stencil from the Sweet Soiree Decorative Masks and a sponge dauber with Tranquil Tide ink add three roses to the lower right corner.  Make the middle rose full size and tuck the other two behind the corner rose.
  • Add splats of VersaMark Ink (I used the “splat” stamp from Gorgeous Grunge set), sprinkle with Gold Embossing Powder and heat.  Add rose leaves with VersaMark ink, sprinkle and heat.
  • Isn’t that a beautiful three-layer background?
  • Cut several leaves in Pool Party, Vellum, and Gold Foil.  Cut two Gold Foil and one Pool Party rose.  If you add the Self-Adhesive paper to the back of what you are cutting out, all these pieces can be peeled and laid down in a snap.
  • Cut tag from Thick Whisper White CS.  Add roses in Tranquil Tide and sentiment in Archival Basic Black.  Add a small piece of Gold Foil behind the bottom portion of the tag.  Tie several loops of 1/8″ Gold Ribbon with Linen Thread and add to top of tag with glue dots.  Add tag to card front with dimensionals at top left corner.
  • Inside the Thick Whisper White layer is 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.  The Gold Foil is 1/4″ x 4-1/4″ attached with multipurpose glue.  The two roses were added by using Self Adhesive paper on back of cardstock before cutting out the images.
  • As you can see in the first photo, the envelope was stamped with the flower from the Lots of Happy Card Kit and colored with Blend Pens.  Just a little something to start the party on the envelope!

There is a lot going on with this card and I believe it works because it is basically monochromatic.  If there were several strong colors used, it just wouldn’t work a well.  I hope to do a Sunday afternoon “live” video on this background…maybe this week.  You can always check my facebook page, Rambling Rose Studio, for helpful short videos.

Winter has decided to arrive this evening…our warm weather has disappeared with lots of rain….

Are you planning to reserve a Stamping Up! Stamparatus today at 2 p.m. MT?  I will be in line as I was unsuccessful last time.  You can shop from here by clicking on the “Shop Now” button.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

especially the last part…

Come get inky with me…Be HaPpY!

 

B

Sweet Soiree…

This Friday will be the first opportunity for SU! Demos to order the Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs and I can’t wait.

The sooner I have them in my hot little hands, the sooner my “peeps” will have their copies too.

And you are going to just die when you see this great big, gorgeous ‘knock your socks off’ suite called Sweet Soiree.  It has everything you could possibly want to coordinate with the stamp set.

So at Salt Lake City we did have Make ‘N Takes…so much fun to stamp with a big room of stampers.  The sound effect was like a beehive buzzing.  And the chocolate…there’s always the smell of chocolate in the air.

I brought this one home and ‘gussied it up’ a bit when my first order arrived.  Did I say first order?  Guess there’s more than one…

This ribbon is dreamy…

A little fussy cutting on the tag.

These silver foil boxes and designer series paper are part of the suite.

There were options to buy products in this suite separately or just buy the whole suite.  You’ll guess which I did as work continues on samples from this suite in the days ahead…

Inside this gift package pictured there is shredded paper in colors to match the DSP (Berry Burst, White and Silver Foil)…they think of everything don’t they?

Making this sweet packaging was a snap with the Silver Mini Gable Boxes.

  • Just cut a piece of DSP 2″ x 12″ to add to the box sides, stuff the box with your gift and shreds, make a box with several loops with the Berry Burst Metallic-Edge Ribbon then tie in the center with the Silver Bakers Twine.
  • Tie the box closed with more ribbon.
  • The gift tag was made with Thick Whisper White Cardstock 2″ x 3-1/2″ and punched with Scallop Top Punch.
  • Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black.  The strip of Cardstock at the bottom was cut 2″ x 1/4″ and attached with SNAIL.
  • The flower was fussy cut from the Designer Series Paper called Sweet Soiree Specialty DSP and attached with multipurpose glue.
  • Tie the tag to the ribbon with the Silver Bakers Twine and add bow with glue dots.

There just can’t be anyone (female at least) who wouldn’t love to receive this gift packaging!  And wouldn’t they be perfect at a bridal shower or reception as thank you gifts?

Any there’s so much more to this suite.  I am so excited to share more projects with you so I hope you will stop by each day.

So if you are one of my “peeps” (meaning you have ordered from me in the last year) and you would like a copy of the two new catalogs which go ‘live’ on January 1st, let me know and I will get a copy to you.  Who doesn’t want FREE stamps?

It is 65 degrees here today!  I’m loving it…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

listening…

Come get inky with me…Be HaPpY!

 

 

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OnStage Presentation…

The second card actually demonstrated while on stage was this one…

A little bit of spritzing the stamp after inking and the paper after stamping creates this fluid background and makes the elegant line art “pop”!

Some splattering and that Linen Bow add to the textural interest of this panel.

Layers, texture and embellishments…a good card recipe!

And a peek inside…

So if you were at OnStage Live SLC, you received this stamp set and maybe witnessed my presentation.  The sample this week will give you some ideas for your own creations.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Soft Sky Cardstock, plus watercolor paper
  • Ink:  Soft Sky, Lemon Lime Twist, Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Lovely Wishes and Music Notes background stamp
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Water Spritzer, Linen Thread

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″.  Score, fold and burnish at 5-1/2″
  • The first Soft Sky layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Stamp Soft Sky by stamping off each time you stamp.  This will keep this layer in the background and not competing with your focal point.  Attach this layer to card front with SNAIL.
  • The next Soft Sky layer is 2-3/8″ x 5-1/4″ attached to card front with SNAIL.
  • The next layer is watercolor paper 2-1/4″ x 5-1/8″.  Stamp Music Notes in Soft Sky.  Ink leaf shadow stamp in Lemon Lime Twist.  Spritz stamp before stamping.  Stamp a second shadow stamp underneath first. Spritz watercolor paper to “move” the ink.  Let dry.  Stamp shadow stamps again in Lemon Lime Twist.  Add Line art stamp with Archival Basic Black.  Add color to flowers in Soft Sky.  Splatter Lemon Lime Twist using marker or Aqua Painter.
  • Add this panel to card front with multipurpose glue.
  • Make bow and attach with glue dots.  There is a video here to demonstrate this bow.
  • Inside the Soft Sky layer is 3-3/8″ x 4-3/8″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The Thick Whisper White layer is 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.  Stamp leaf line art in Soft Sky and leaf shadow stamp in Lemon Lime Twist..  Add this layer to inside of card with SNAIL.

This was the last card demonstrated on stage.  The others were samples I had made previously and brought to show how versatile this stamp set can be.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

For those who are missing loved ones this Thanksgiving…

Come get inky with me…Be HaPpY!

B

Metallic Burlap…

There’s no good reason why I’ve waited to get ink on this Burlap background stamp.  But now that I have, you can see it makes the perfect background for this metallic bouquet…

Silver , gold and copper flowers?…yep.

The Beautiful Bouquet stamp set combined with the Bouquet Bunch Framelits made putting this card together a breeze.

The 1/4″ Copper Trim ribbon makes a beautiful bow to hold the bouquet together.

This might make a nice Christmas card option and I could see using this as a wedding card too!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Thick Whisper White, Soft Suede Cardstock, plus Copper Foil.
  • Ink:  Crumb Cake, Archival Basic Black, VersaMark
  • Stamps:  Beautiful Bouquet, Burlap Backgound
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Gold, Silver and Copper Embossing Powder, Linen Thread, 1/4″ Copper Trim, Bouquet Bunch Framelits

Digits

  • The Thick Very Vanilla base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″.
  • The Crumb Cake layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached to card front with SNAIL.
  • The Thick Very Vanilla layer is 3-5/8″ x 4-7/8″.  Stamp background with Crumb Cake.  If you’d like your background softer, stamp off first.  Attach to card front with SNAIL.
  • On scrap Thick Whisper White CS stamp flowers in VersaMark ink then cover with silver, copper and gold embossing powder and heat.  Cut out flowers, tag, bouquet wrap and a white sprig with Bouquet Bunch Framelits.  Cut two copper sprigs, cut stems from Soft Suede CS.
  • Assemble bouquet on card front using multipurpose glue, glue dots and dimensionals.  Add Copper Trim bow with glue dots.  Tie Linen Thread bow on tag and add with glue dot.
  • Inside the Crumb Cake layer if 4″ x 5-1/4″ attached with SNAIL.
  • The Thick Very Vanilla layer is 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″ attached with SNAIL.
  • Add 1/4″ trim from front background along the bottom with SNAIL.
  • The envelope flap was also stamped with the Burlap background in Crumb Cake.

Hope your day is going fantastic…hump day!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

What would you ask from her?

How about inky fingers…then you’ll be HaPpY!

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My Favorite Things…

Finally home from our baseball tournament adventures…those who participate will relate.

And waiting for me here at home was my first demo order from the annual catalog!  There are so many products I couldn’t wait to get my hands on…but a girl has to start somewhere…

Combining the stencil paste (awesome!) with water coloring and that gorgeous crinkled seam binding is the first project off my desk.

A glamour close up of the Micron Pen doodling…

A side view hoping to show dimension of paste…

and inside with more paste and one of my favorite sentiments.

Workspace in the studio is covered with so much new product.  It’s hard to organize when you want to use everything at once.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for today’s post…

Stuff

Paper:  Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, Thick Whisper White Cardstock, plus water color paper.

Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Powder Pink, Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, Crumb Cake and Old Olive

Stamps:  Floral Phrases and Beautiful Bouquet (sentiments)

Tools ‘N Embellishments:  5/8″ Crinkled Seam Binding Berry Burst, Linen Thread, Embossing Paste, Pattern Party Decorative Masks, Palette Knives, Micron Pen, SU! Markers Powder Pink, Berry Burst, Old Olive and Lemon Lime Twist.

Digits

The Berry Burst base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″

The Lemon Lime Twist layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached with SNAIL

The Thick Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Use a small amount of paste and a drop of Crumb Cake.  Work color in with palette knife.  Tape stencil over top of cardstock with Washi Tape.  Apply paste with knife and spread to cover the top half of paper.  Remove stencil and clean stencil and knife with water.  Let paper layer dry. It’s pretty fast. If you want to add some stenciling to the inside Thick Whisper White layer, now would be the best time.  Tip:  If you have paste left over, create a new layer to work on later. 

Cut a piece of water color paper 4″ x 2-1/4″.  Color rose stamp with marker starting with lightest color and adding darker shade last.  Spritz with water and stamp directly to water color paper.  Let dry.  Using a Micron Pen create details on stamped image and adding scribbles and dots.  Add this layer over the bottom of the stenciled layer.   Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black at bottom left corner of water color paper.

Add a piece of Berry Burst Crinkled Seam Binding around the place where the two layers meet using SNAIL.

Add combined layer to card front over Lemon Lime Twist.

Make a bow with several loops and tie center with Linen Thread.  Tie a piece of Linen Thread around seam binding on card and use this to tie bow to card front.  You can anchor the bow with glue dots.

Inside the Lemon Lime Twist layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Attach with SNAIL.

The Thick Whisper White layer is 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″.  Stamp sentiment at top right with Archival Basic Black.  Add this layer over Lemon Lime Twist layer.

Honestly the Stencil Paste is much easier to use than I thought.  Just be sure to rinse clean as soon as you have used it.  This paste opens up our deminsional creative opportunities to a whole new level.  And the seam binding has always been a favorite for me so I’m thrilled to have these new colors to work with.

I am thrilled to tell you the my Jameson’s baseball team coached by my son, Jeff, qualified to attend the State Championship Tournament in West Palm Beach in three weeks!!!  We had a grand time this past week and I thought I’d share a couple of the pictures…

A poster made by the tournament photographer showing several shots of Jameson playing.

Quietly waiting to take the field.

Lyla is Jameson’s biggest cheerleader…

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

it happens…

Hope you are inky and HaPpY today!

 

B

Tone On Tone…

It’s beginning to look a lot like “wedding season” around here.  And even though it’s spring time with all those pastel colors that come to mind, today’s wedding (or anniversary) card is a tone-on-tone neutral color palette with a quilting effect…

The heart “quilting” shows up well…

Glamour close up…

opposite angle…

and a peek inside.

It’s always nice if you know the bride’s choice of color for the wedding to add the color to their card, but neutrals are always elegant and a good choice if you aren’t sure.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Very Vanilla, Tip Top Taupe, Sahara Sand Cardstock
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black and Craft White
  • Stamps:  First Sight and Timeless Love (sentiment)
  • Tools ‘n Embellishments:  Falling Petals Embossing Folder, White Embossing Powder, 1″ square punch or framelit

Digits

  • The Very Vanilla base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Tip Top Taupe layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached with SNAIL
  • The next Very Vanilla layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Stamp background with flourish stamp in Sahara Sand.  Attach with SNAIL.
  • To make the sentiment cut the Sahara Sand layer 1″ x 3″.  Cut the Tip Top Taupe layer 7/8″ x 2-7/8″.  Attach these two layers with SNAIL.  Cut the Very Vanilla layer 3/4″ x 2-3/4″.  Stamp sentiment in Archival Basic Black and attach to previous layers with SNAIL.  Add to bottom center of card front with dimensionals.
  • For the top art piece cut Sahara Sand CS 3-1/2″ square.  Cut the Tip Top Taupe layer 3-3/8″ square and attach together with SNAIL.  Cut the Very Vanilla layer 3-1/4″ square.  Using scraps of Tip Top Taupe and Sahara Sand CS stamp one with Archival Basic Black and the other with Craft White Ink.  Cover the piece with Craft White Ink with White Embossing Powder and heat.  Punch 1″ squares from each scrap.  You will need 4 of one color and 5 of the other to build your “quilt”.  Use Multipurpose Glue to place squares on top of Very Vanilla 3-3/8″ square.
  • Once you pieces are in place, embossed with Falling Petals EF just the top Very Vanilla piece with the squares.  After embossing attach to Sahara Sand and Tip Top Taupe square.  Add to top of card front with dimensionals.
  • Inside there is s Tip Top Taupe layer 3-3/4″ x 4-3/4″ attached with SNAIL.  A layer of Sahara Sand 3-5/8″ x 4-5/8″ attached with SNAIL.  And a Very Vanilla layer 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ with the bottom right corner stamped with the flourish stamp and Sahara Sand attached with SNAIL.
  • The Very Vanilla envelope was also stamped on the flap in Sahara Sand with the same flourish stamp.

How beautiful is our weather leading up to this Easter weekend.  Hope you are also enjoying some pretty spring weather.  Spent all my money at the nursery yesterday and all afternoon planting window boxes, hanging baskets and flower beds.  Perfect afternoon!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

always…

Stay inky…be HaPpY!

B

Mr. & Mrs….

Wedding season will soon be in full swing …so today’s post will give you a head start…

and a close up…

 

featuring a hand drawn border that oh so easy…

add some depth with framelits and dimensionals…

and a pretty bow to dress it up…

and a peek inside.

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White and Blushing Bride Cardstock
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black, Blushing Bride and Pear Pizazz
  • Stamps:  That’s the Tag
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Timeless Tags Thinlets Dies, 1/4″ Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Linen Thread, journaling pen and Window Sheet

Digits

  • The Thick Whisper White card base is 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored, folded and burnished at 4-1/4″
  • The Blushing Bride layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The top Whisper White layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Cut a piece of Window Sheet 3-3/4″ x 5″.  Put a small amount of snail in the center of one side and take most of the sticky off with your finger.  Center window sheet on this layer and lightly draw around edges with pencil.  With journaling pen or a Micron Pen start at lower left corner and draw wavy line to next corner.  Draw to loops in a bow shape, then draw center loop slightly taller and continue around the entire border.  When dry, erase pencil lines.
  • Place glue dots cardboard center at the top center of this layer and light draw inside circle with pencil.  With Pear Pizazz and single flower stem stamp, create your wreath base.  Color leaves with Pear Pizazz marker and flowers with Blushing Bride marker. You can use a Blender Pen and stamp pad if you don’t have the markers.
  • Stamp small border with Pear Pizazz in center of wreath and color flowers at top and bottom.  Stamp “Mr. & Mrs.” inside border with Archival Basic Black.
  • Stamp single flower six times on scrap Whisper White.  Color with markers or Blender Pen then run through Big Shot with thinlet.  Add five flowers with dimensionals spaced around wreath leaving bottom open for ribbon.
  • Make bow with several loops in increasing sizes.  Tie center with Linen Thread and attach to bottom of wreath with glue dots.
  • Inside there is a layer of Blushing Bride 3-3/8″ x 4-3/8″ with a Whisper White layer on top that is 3-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.  Add inside sentiment in Archival Basic Black and the last of the single flowers with a dimensional in top left corner.
  • The envelope can be decorated in the lower left corner of the address side with the same basic wreath as the card front to coordinate.

Love this sweet wedding card…

Thanks so much for stopping by today and taking a peek.  I so hope you have seen or read something that will inspire your own creations.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

yep.

Hope you are inky and HaPpY today!

B

Black & White Sympathy…

This card was inspired by one of Kylie Bertucci’s that was found on Pinterest.  You can check out her blog here.

Sympathy cards are not my speciality, but when you need one it is nice to have them on hand.  I think Kylie’s card was Crumb Cake and she used different stamps in the background, but the white flower in the foreground was what really caught my eye…

and a close up…

 

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for this card…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Basic Grey, Smoky Slate, Thick Whisper White and Basic Black
  • Ink:  Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Birthday Blooms,  Butterfly Basics
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Don’t faint…None!

Digits

  • The Basic Grey base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Basic Black layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The Smoky Slate layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Stamp sentiment, ferns and other background stamps.  Stamp rose on scrap Thick Whisper White and “fussy cut”.  Carefully breakdown paper with bone folder so flower will curl slightly.  Add to card front with lots of dimensionals.
  • Inside there is a layer of Basic Black 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached with SNAIL
  • On top of that layer add a Thick Whisper White layer 4″ x 5-1/4″ with SNAIL.  The sentiment “For some things there are just no words” is stamped in Basic Black at top leaving plenty of room for a personal message.

Just to set the record straight, I did also make a hot air balloon for the second “little”, but since I had posted a similar one a few weeks ago, didn’t show his.  But here it is …

I think he will like this one…more his colors!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

Stay inky…be HaPpY!

B

Interesting Background…

Ideally, card backgrounds should add interest but not take away from the focal point of the card.

It’s so much fun creating backgrounds.  Today’s post is one of my favorites…

It would be hard to outshine that floral focal point.

Lots of texture going on in this close up…

And a peek inside…

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…

Stuff

  • Paper:  Smoky Slate and Thick Whisper White Cardstock, plus water color paper
  • Ink:  VersaMark and Archival Basic Black
  • Stamps:  Feather Together (sentiment), Delicate Details (background)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Clear Embossing Powder, Stylish Stems Framelits Dies, Stampamajig or MISTI, Ken Oliver’s Color Burst, Lace Embossing Folder (retired)

Digits

  • The Smoky Slate base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored, folded and burnished at 5-1/2″
  • The Whisper White layer is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ attached to card front with SNAIL
  • The Smoky Slate layer is 4″ x 5-1/4″.  Using all the Delicate Details stamps with VersaMark Ink stamp one half then the other half of this layer.  Sprinkle with Clear Embossing Powder and heat.  You can align these stamps on the largest acrylic block placed on grid paper.  You can use a stampamajig or a MISTI to get your image straight.  Adhere to card front with SNAIL
  • The Whisper White sentiment piece is 1-1/2″ x 4-1/8″.  Stamp sentiment first in Archival Basic Black, then emboss.  The one I used is retired but it matched the lace background so perfectly, I had to use it.  You can certainly substitute with whatever you have in you stash.  Attach to card front with SNAIL
  • The water colored paper in the background of the flower was made by spritzing water color paper with water and spraying with Ken Oliver’s Color burst.  Some days I just make sheets of this type of water colored paper so that I have them on hand when working on a project.  Cut the flower from Smoky Slate, and the background from the solid flower die.  Attach together with Thin Tipped Glue and to card front with dimensionals.
  • Inside the card you can see I did a reverse of the card front flower using a piece of the same water colored paper attached over a piece of Whisper White CS that is 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ attached with SNAIL

This is a good “all occasion” card to have in your card file.  The sentiment could be anything, but you do have to commit to a sentiment while making this card because of the embossing.

Hope you enjoyed today’s post and you have been inspired by something you have seen or read.

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…

yep.

Come get inky with me…stay HaPpY!

 

B