Before we get started on tonight's card... will someone please give me a virtual slap around the head! You all know that I've been making Christmas cards since September... well, guess what... I haven't posted a single one yet! I didn't want to send them before we went away - and now it's almost Christmas Day!!! So, tomorrow I'll be writing cards and getting them posted! I bet you are all organized and have already sent your cards out!
So, tonight's card uses the sketch challenge from Stamping411 this week - what a great sketch and one that is open to tremendous interpretation - as you will see when you visit the website and see the inspiration and submission cards.
It's a really cool sketch that the team provided for us - and I decided I really wanted to do a Valentine's card - you know it's just around the corner :-)
I also wanted to use the Bridal DSP as well. Also.... you will notice something different about this card, too.... you have to tell me what it is.. what's on the card that you haven't seen before. There are two things that you won't have seen - one is the sentiment - it's from the new Whimsical Words set - which I absolutely LOVE by the way - and it's a sneak peek for you. BUT... what's the other new thing you are seeing? Leave me a message and let me know what is new on the card and you'll be entered into the Blog Candy drawing. (More on the blog candy tomorrow - but it involves something from one of the new catty's :-))
It was pretty hard taking a picture of this - because the hearts are actually embossed with Iridescence Ice - so here's a closeup for you
It's really gorgeous when you see it - but it was pretty tough to photograph. Let's take a look at what I used and how I got the organza ribbon to match the color scheme!
- Real Red card stock; whisper white card stock for the sentiment
- Real Red craft ink for the hearts
- Love you Much and A Happy Heart stamp sets
- Whimsical Words - from the Sale a Bration catalog - yes... it's one of the FREE sets you can earn from January 5 - and it's a great set!
- Bridal DSP
- White Organza ribbon
- Two rhinestones from the Fire circles set
First, I cut the paper to size and then used the stripe paper from the DSP for the bottom of the card. I used my brayer and my classic Real Red ink to color the paper. You've seen me use this technique before... it's really simple: take a piece of scrap paper and place it under the DSP. Ink up your brayer really well and brayer the paper as you would normally... just like painting a wall... I go up and down and then turn the paper 90 degrees and repeat - until I get the even coverage that I'm looking for.
Second, I stamped the hearts in Real Red CRAFT ink.... because the craft ink is slower drying, it's really useful for embossing. I then sprinkled the Iridescence Ice embossing powder over the images and set them with my heat tool.
Third.... I took my piece of Whisper White Organza ribbon and, using the same piece of scrap paper and my brayer, I re-inked the brayer and brayered the ribbon - using up and down vertical strokes.
This is the easiest way to get the color evenly spread across the ribbon. WORD OF WARNING... don't do what I did and decide to heat set the ribbon! I learned the hard way and decided to set it aside and let it dry naturally whilst I worked on the rest of the card! Oh.. and you can see part of my next shopping list on my piece of scrap paper:-)
Fourth.... I took my small scissors and cut the legs of the brads - leaving them in their casing - but cutting off the legs meant that I could put a glue dot behind the rhinestones and not have to worry about whether or not I had pierced the hole in the right place for the brads.
Fifth ... stamped my sentiment and punched it out with my wide oval punch.
Sixth... I assembled the card and lifted the hearts using stampin dimensionals.
A really easy card and I love the rich textural feel of the iridescence ice and the shimmer of the DSP. I also love the Organza ribbon because it has the satin and transparent aspects that I love. I think it would look great in shades of pink, so I might have to give that a try.
Tomorow, I will give you the details on the Blog Candy and also the view of the whole Whimsical Words set. As this set is in the new Clear Mount version of our stamps, I will also be showing you how to use them so that you can be ready when your's arrive.
Don't forget - any comments left for me starting yesterday will be included in the Blog Candy draw. The draw will take place on January 1 2010 and Bilbo Baggins will once again be asked to pick the winner.
Now... I'm off to decorate my house - NO, I haven't done that yet either!!!
I hope you have a fabulous Wednesday and as always, thank you for spending a little time in my area of the stamping blogosphere - your visits are always appreciated. I hope you Wednesday is filled with time to do the things you love - with those you love and don't forget to go look at the inspirations on the stamping411.blogspot.com site. For my reader's of the Jewish faith - a belated Happy Hannukah!