Very Versailles CASE

I got my hands on the new 2020 Stampin’ Up! catalog and I’m in love with it. There are so many beautiful new products. But today, I’m showcasing one of the lovely stamp sets that debuted in 2019 and is carrying over to 2020. So if you didn’t purchase the Very Versailles stamp set already, good news you have time. And let me tell you, I think this set is such a great value. Three lovely sentiments, script background, a leafy vine, a graphic banner, and an ornate frame. The creative possibilities are endless. I decided the best way to explore this set was to CASE (copy and share everything) the projects featured in the catalogs.

2019 CASE

Inspiration for the card came from the 2019 catalog. It’s very similar, but I switched up the colors. I started with a Gray Granite base that I ran through my Big Shot with the Subtle 3-D embossing folder. Nothing is better for a card then starting with great texture.

Next I added a layer of So Saffron card stock. That creamy yellow color just pops against the warm gray. That piece was cut to 3-3/4″x5″ so that I would have a nice big edge around it. After that, I cut a piece of Whisper White 3-1/2″x4-3/4″. I used Gray Granite, So Saffron, and Soft Sea Foam inks to create this flowing background of images.

The next layers are all about the sentiment and embellishment. I added a 3/4″ strip of Soft Sea Foam. Above that I added a banner of Gray Granite stamped in the same ink with the script background. It’s the same width as the Soft Sea Foam strip and is popped up on Dimensionals. Before I added the Whisper White background to the So Saffron layer, I used basic white baker’s twine leftover from a Paper Pumpkin kit to add a wrap and a bow.

Then, I stamped the frame in Gray Granite and fussy cut it out. It’s on the card with Dimensionals too. The sentiment is stamped in Gray Granite as well. It’s die cut with the smallest Layering Oval. For the final touch, I added two silver metallic pearls. I think this card would work with almost any color combination. Give it a try.

2020 Case

For this card, I deviated a bit more from the project in the new catalog. Not only did I modify the colors and the embellishments, but I also changed the size from a notecard to a full-sized card.

I used a base of Very Vanilla and layered on a piece of Crumb Cake that had been stamped in the matching ink with the frame stamp. I love the details on that stamp. Next, I stamped the leaf spray and the graphic banner in Old Olive on a piece of Very Vanilla. I used second generation on the graphic banner to soften the impact, but it adds a nice detail. I die cut that with the second largest Stitched Nested Labels die.

To add more texture, I used Linen Thread to wrap around the die cut and added a bow. This piece is popped up on the card using Dimensionals. Next, I stamped the frame stamp in Terracotta Tile on Terracotta Tile card stock. I punched that out with a 1-1/2″ circle punch. The sentiment is stamped in Crumb Cake on a 3/4″ strip of Very Vanilla. For a final touch, I added three Terracotta Tile faceted gems to fill some of the blank space that resulted from my changing the card size.

The images in the catalog are a great jumping off place to let your creativity fly. My Paper Pumpkin customers will have their catalogs soon. If you need one, contact me.

Casing a White Christmas

It is never too early to start preparing your Christmas crafts. At least that is the theory behind the Christmas Challenge Stampathon. This Facebook group issues a new challenge each month so that by the time December arrives the participants are well on their way to having their holiday preparations done. I participate because I love the challenges and seeing what everyone else comes up with. This month was “Mainly White”.

I’m not particularly good with clean and simple or mainly white cards. So, I dove into Pinterest for some ideas. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to locate the original designers for these cards, but I appreciate the Pinterest posts for their inspiration.

Snowflake Wreath

This card is ingenious in its design. It’s a lot of small punches or in my CASE die-cuts layered in a circle to form a wreath. I used the Corrugated dynamic embossing folder to add texture behind the wreath. The snowflakes are cut from Champagne foil.

I plan to repeat this card using butterflies and possibly small flowers. It would make a great Thank you or Birthday card.

Inked Hardwood

For the next card, I really wanted to use a piece of the whitewashed Wood Textures DSP. But I was out! (Yes, I ordered more.) So, I had to get creative. I used the Hardwood dynamic embossing folder, but I inked one side of the folder with Soft Suede —just dragged my ink pad across the side that would embed in the paper. The folder is easy to clean with an alcohol-free baby wipe. The wreath is a from the Swirly Scribbles die set. I added the pine pieces from a Paper Pumpkin and some pearls. Super simple, but elegant card.

Pretty Pines

The final card I’ll share with you uses the Pretty Pines die set. I use this set frequently along with the Christmas Pines stamps that go with it. I used a piece of Champagne foil as the shiny layer. Over that, I crumpled a scrap piece of Kraft paper. I sparkled it up with some Dazzling Diamonds glitter on the folds. The pines branches are cut from Whisper White and the bow is in Champagne foil. There are a couple of sprigs that I die cut from Sparkle Glimmer paper, but they might be hard to see in the picture. And because I might have overlooked an opportunity to sparkle, I added rhinestones.

So, I now have three more Christmas cards ready to send in December and lots of inspiration to attempt more clean and simple designs. Hope you are inspired as well.

If you’d like some Champagne foil paper or Dynamic embossing folders for your next craft project, shop with me

Wonderfully Romantic CASE

An often overlooked source of inspiration for your crafting projects is the Stampin’ Up! catalogs. When I receive a new bundle, stamps and dies, I like to stamp each stamp with black ink and run each die on some scrap paper so that I can see what they look like. Frequently, I will be inspired and a card will pop up in my head like a picture. Other times, I feel a little overwhelmed and unsure of where to start. The Wonderful Romance stamp set and matching Wonderful Floral dies were just such a bundle. They are so detailed and beautiful, I really wanted to create a project that would show them off. Well, Stampin’ Up! had done my work for me.

My Version

Like the example, this one uses Soft Sea Foam and lots of die cut layers along with stamping. I started with a base of Thick Whisper White so that I would have good support for the floral bundle. Then I added a 2″x5.5″ strip of the Petal Pink printed vellum from the Floral Romance DSP.

Next, I used a 4.25×5.5″ piece of Soft Sea Foam and used the leafy edger die to add that lattice and leaf detail. The cool thing about that die is it only cuts the edge. You don’t have to glue the piece back on to the paper.

I wasn’t sure how the design team at SU did the big floral spray. It’s a stamp with a matching die, but their coloring was so beautifully done. I heat embossed the stamped image with Clear embossing powder on Whisper White and then colored in the image using a combination of Highland Heather, Petal Pink, Granny Apple Green, and Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends. I have to say, at this point, I didn’t love it, but I kept going.

Lots of die cuts

When I do this type of card, I tend to cut more pieces than I think I will need. I also tend to use groupings of three. The large leaf sprays and individual leaves were cut from Pear Pizzazz. The small bud sprays are Mossy Meadow. I also stamped some small flowers in Petal Pink. The die set comes with multiple dies for this image so that you can cut several efficiently —s.uch a time saver.

Now that I had all my dies, I started assembling. First the strip of Vellum DSP, I used snail adhesive on the left side and some glue dots strategically placed in the swirls on the right side and adhered it to the right-hand side of my card base. Before I layered on the Soft Sea Foam, I stamped the large leaf spray in Pear Pizzazz twice so the tips of the leaves would be visible. I also added some texture with the background dots stamp in the same ink. I used snail to adhere that to the front of the card.

Next, I added the hand-colored spray. I used Dimensionals away from the edges of the piece so that I could tuck leaves in and around the spray. I used a combination of glue dots and liquid glue to get them all added. The sentiment is stamped in Fresh Fig. I used a Dimensional on the right-hand side of the sentiment and snail on the left-hand side where it would stick to the spray. This kept the sentiment level with everything else.

Finally, I added some pearls to my Highland Heather flowers and some Wink of Stella to my die cut Petal Pink flowers because It Sparkles!

I had a lot of fun making this card. If you’d like your own Floral Romance bundle, shop with me.