Lovely Laser-Cut Card

This is a very special card made for a dear friend of mine who was celebrating her birthday.

The Base

I started with a lacy Bird Ballad Laser-cut card base. These cards and scalloped envelopes come in a pretty Petal Pink tin with a gold leaf pattern. The first thing I did was add a layer of DSP inside the card so that my message wouldn’t be visible through the lacy cutouts. I didn’t have the Perennial Essence paper in yet, so I used some butterfly paper I had.

The Flowers

Next, I used the Beautiful Promenade and matching dies to create the flowers and tags. The flowers are a two stamp process. I stamped the main flower image in Rich Razzleberry on Very Vanilla paper. Then I used the line stamp in the set with Highland Heather, but I stamped off first so the lines are quite faint. After I die cut the flowers, I dabbed a bit of Wink of Stella in the centers.

The Tag

While the flowers were drying, I created the tag. I love cards with tags and the Beautiful Promenade has some great stamps to do this with. I used a 2″ wide piece of Very Vanilla, and stamped the half rectangle pattern stamp in Gorgeous Grape one direction and then the other, so it formed a closed rectangle image. Then I used one of the dies in the coordinating Beautiful Layer’s dies to cut the triangular detail at the top of the tag. I threaded some Polka Dot tulle through the center hole, carefully, after I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment in Rich Razzleberry. The sentiment is from the Beautiful Bouquet set. The flower spray on the tag is stamped in Highland Heather and die cut. I added it to the tag with Dimensionals.

Final Details

Next, I cut three leaves from Soft Sea Foam paper using the dies. Now, it was time to assemble. I glued the bottom flower on with snail adhesive and the top flower with Dimensionals. The tag has Dimensionals too. Using a dab of Tombow on the stems, I inserted the leaves in the gaps.

Lastly, I stamped the floral spray on the scalloped envelope. and added a few retired Rich Razzleberry gems. If I hadn’t had those, I would have colored some rhinestones with my Stampin’ Blends. It was a pleasure to make this card while thinking of my friend.

Black and White Sketch

I’m inspired by the Paper Players again this week. They have a beautiful sketch for their current challenge, PP447, and it helped me solidify the plans I had for a black and white card. I’m still using that 8.5×11″ stamped Whisper White cardstock. This time, I left the images plain.

The Paper Players Sketch

This sketch has great balance and can be kept simple or embellished quite easily with the addition of die cuts or layered sentiments. With just three elements, the background, the panel, and the sentiment, it is easy to create a gorgeous card in a matter of minutes. Because the elements are simple, the measurements can be kept standard too. By offsetting the panel to the right third of the card, it automatically makes the card more interesting to the eye and it’s more forgiving if the placement isn’t perfect as would be required with a symmetrical design. Let me show you what I whipped up for this sketch challenge.

My Card

I used a black and white theme for this card. I started with a base of Whisper White and added on a 4×5-1/4″ layer of black and white gingham DSP. This is from the last Sale-a-Bration catalog. Any small graphic pattern would work, such as dots or any of the Background stamps in the current catalog.

Next I cut a 2″ strip of my hand-stamped DSP that I made last week using a stamp from a recent Paper Pumpkin and Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I mounted it on a 2-1/4″ strip of basic black. Both pieces are 5-1/2″ long. I used white and black bakers twine to tie a bow around the bottom third of the panel. The assembly is mounted to the card with Dimensionals.

Lastly, I used a sentiment from the Butterfly Gala stamp set. This is heat embossed in white on a scrap strip of Basic Black about 1/2″ wide. I mounted that with Dimensional as well.

Thanks to the Paper Players for a fantastic sketch. I hope you’re inspired to make a card using this layout.

Whipping Together the Sale-A-Bration Products

Sale-a-Bration (SAB) is wrapping up at the end of March. There are products available in the SAB catalogs that aren’t available anywhere else. In addition to the catalogs, Stampin’ Up! issued a list of other products from the Annual Catalog that can be selected. These products are bonus that can be selected for every $50 US of Stampin’ Up! products ordered. Today’s card highlights these bonus products.

I started with the Tea Together stamp set from the Occasions catalog. It has the lovely teapot stamp. In my mind, the perfect teapot is silver. So I used Staz-on ink with my Stamparatus to get a clean image on the Silver Foil paper. The Stamparatus makes this so easy to do with no smears. I cut out the teapot using the coordinating framelits from the SAB catalog.

Next, I wanted to use the two papers that are included in the third list of SAB products: the Petal Promenade and the Delightfully Detailed Laser Cut paper. The photo quality of the flowers in the Petal Promenade paper is stunning. I love the colors in this particular sheet. I used a base of Highland Heather and then centered my two pieces of DSP.

To create the frame, I used Whisper White card stock and the Rectangular Stitched Framelits also in the Occasions catalog. I saw this idea on Pinterest and loved it. I used Dimensionals to adhere it to the card to start creating depth. The teapot is only glued to the frame, so it floats a bit above the background.

For the sentiment, I started with a flower image from the Tea Together set and colored it in with Stampin’ Blends in Rich Razzleberry and Mossy Meadow. I used a piece of Polka Dot Tulle for texture. The sentiment from the Lasting Lily stamp set, also a SAB bonus, is stamped in Basic Gray ink. I used Dimensionals for the that as well.

I love the three-dimensional quality to this very feminine card that could be used for any occasion. I especially love that it uses mostly free products. If you want to earn some Sale-a-Bration products, shop with me.