Embossed Butterfly Beauty

Embossing is a great way to add texture and interest to your paper crafts. I use my embossing folders frequently. I am constantly heat embossing images and sentiments. Previous projects have even used wet embossing or embossing paste with stencils. Today I’m going to show you how to use your favorite Thinlit to emboss instead of cut. It’s simple using the Big Shot Embossing Mats. This accessory is available in the Annual catalog. The key is creating your sandwich correctly. I’ll post the Stampin’ Up! video on my Resources page.

My embossed card

Embossed background using Stampin' Up! Butterfly Beauty Thinlits

You may have seen the Butterfly Beauty Thinlits in the Occasions catalog. There are two dies in the set that are ideal for embossing. Both have five connected butterflies and are large enough to emboss your first layer in one go. For my card, I used Grapefruit Grove on a Very Vanilla base. The embossed butterfly images add subtle, elegant texture.

Next, I die cut a few small butterflies from the Botanical Butterfly designer paper available with Sale-a-Bration credits. I also fussy cut one image from the same DSP. The sentiment is from the Darling Label Punch Box set. The set comes in a gorgeous tin with six stamps, two ink spots, an acrylic block, and the matching punch.

The sentiment was stamped once in Highland Heather and once in Mint Macaron. Then I cut out part of the Mint Macaron image and layered it over the Highland Heather. Underneath the sentiment, I used two layers, one Mint Macaron and one from the Botanical Butterfly DSP cut out with the Pretty Label punch.

Lastly, I added a length of Very Vanilla Polka Dot Tulle and several Artisan pearls. I hope this card inspires you to use your dies in creative ways. For more details on embossing with dies, go to my Resources.

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Post Script CASE

P.S. You’re the Best is a fun stamp set in the Annual Catalog. I especially like the typewriter that allows you to stamp a sentiment on the paper part of the image. It begs for customized messages beyond what’s in the set. I decided to pair it with the Post Script background set. Made sense to me. P.S – Post Script. Ah, the ways my mind works. Of course, I dove into Pinterest for inspiration and found a great card made with the same background and using the Crafting Forever stamp set. You can see my inspiration from Carmen Morris here.

My CASE

Stampin' Up! P.S. You're the Best paired with the Post Script background stamp. A CASE of Carmen Morris's card.

For my card, I started with a base of Mossy Meadow. I liked the touch of black in Carmen’s card so I kept that and paired it with Copper Foil for a little more sparkle. The Post Script background is stamped in Early Espresso on Very Vanilla card stock.. Using the same ink, I sponged the edges. I liked the aged quality and wanted to incorporate that in my card.

Next I added another strip of Copper Foil, 1-1/2″ wide. Over that I layered a 1/2″ strip of kraft paper (left over from the Holiday catalog 12×12). I ripped the end and sponged that as well.

The typewriter is from the P.S. You’re the Best stamp set. I added the “P.S” and the “you’re the best” sentiments in Memento Tuxedo Black. The image was too large for the Stitched Shape Ovals, so I used the new Stitched Rectangles in the Occasions catalog. These dies will get a lot of use. I sponged the edges of that piece in Soft Suede so it wasn’t quite as dark as the background. I used Dimensionals to adhere it.

For a final touch I added three green rhinestones from a Christmas card kit. You could achieve the same look using a Mossy Meadows Stampin’ Blends marker and our Basic Rhinestones. This would make an excellent thank you card for any gender recipient.

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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.