Today is Update Tuesday, as I like to call it. The day that Stampin' UP gives us a weekly update on their demonstrator site and in demonstrator emails. Needless to say, I look forward to Tuesday mornings. I love getting the updates and being in the know. It helps me run my business and is greatly appreciated. Thank you Stampin' UP!
With that said, one thing they always do is give us some gorgeous project examples. And today was no exception. I want to recreate this card, unfortunately I don't own this stamp set, the dies, or the Shimmer Laser cut Designer Series Paper. So sad, don't you think?! So instead I will tell you how to make it and give you a list of supplies needed.
Before I start, take a moment and just look at this gorgeous card!
Photo copyright Stampin' UP!
Ok, now that you have had a good look at the card we can get started. Begin with Very Vanilla Card stock, it looks like our standard card size. Cut at 8 1/2in. x 5 1/2in., scored in the center at 4 1/4in. and folded. Then they added a piece of the new Shimmer Laser Cut Designer Series paper, that is the intricate background you see. It's gorgeous, right?!
The floral images from the First Frost stamp set are created in two different ways, but both using water color techniques. For the larger flower they used a stamping off technique and sponging. These are simple techniques, they just sound difficult.
Sponging involves using a Stampin' Sponge or Sponge Dauber. First you ink your sponge by dipping onto your ink pad. Super easy. Remember to always start with the lightest color first and use separate sponges or sponge daubers for each color. They used three different colors of ink, Petal Pink, Crushed Curry and Terracotta Tile. First they sponge on the Petal Pink. You can see that a large portion of this flower is a light pink color. After that initial color is sponged they use a different sponge to add some crushed curry. Third, they sponged on some Terra Cotta Tile. Then they stamped the image off once...that means they just stamped it once after they sponged it and then stamped it again onto the Fluid 100 Watercolor paper without adding additional ink. All of that created that gorgeous flower with the muted colors.
For the smaller, spiky looking blooms the Fluid 100 Water color paper is first spritzed with water using a Stampin' Spritzer. These flowers were colored using three Stampin Write Markers, Terra cotta Tile, Pumpkin Pie and Mossy Meadow. This again is another easy technique, you just color your stamp with the brush tip of the marker, again starting with the lights color first. Then they stamped it onto the water spritzed Fluid 100 Water Color paper. That is what gives those flowers such a beautiful blended, watercolor look.
Next, using the Frosted Bouquet Dies, leaves are cut from Old Olive Card Stock. The stems are cut out of Gold Glimmer Paper to add extra sparkle to the card. Then the flowers are cut after the watercolor paper has dried completely.
A small piece of Terracotta Tile Card Stock is cut just a little bit larger than the sentiment. I don't have the measurement for this but it looks to be about 3/4in. x 2 1/2in. Again, this is my best guess. Using VersaMark, ink the sentiment and stamp onto the card stock piece. If you have never used VersaMark, it is a clear ink. (The beautiful thing about it is you can use it without embossing powder to make gorgeous backgrounds as well, FYI) Then you sprinkle it with White Embossing powder, shake off the excess, and heat the sentiment using a Heat Tool until the embossing powder is melted. I will say, heat embossing is such a satisfying technique to do. I say that because it is so mesmerizing to watch it melt. ha! Try it and tell me what you think.
The Label in the background is from the Tags & More Accessory Kit. Originally the tag is white and the border is Terracotta Tile. It coordinates perfectly with this card. Now here is where I am not sure if they sponged or spritzed it with Petal Pink ink. I think they sponged it, and I say that because the labels are not made with watercolor paper and I feel they might become too easily ripped if you spritz them. So, I am going to say the tag is sponged all over with Petal Pink ink. The bet way for me to describe this is to start with your label laying flat on a piece of scratch paper. Once your sponge or sponge dauber is inked, begin rubbing your sponge in circular motions on your scratch paper and move onto your label still circling your sponge. If you start directly on your label you may end up with a blob of the ink in the spot where you started. This is a technique that I still have not mastered. So if I was to make this card I would leave my label white or just sponge around the edges of it.
Once you have finished all of the above you can assemble your card. I promise it won't take as long to make this card as you think. Just gather all of your supplies before you start. That is one thing I can't stress enough, have everything ready, it will make your card making experience so much easier.
Using Tombow Multipurpose Glue attach your Shimmery Laser Cut DSP to your front of your folded card base. Use your snail adhesive to attach a few of the larger leaves directly to your card so they will peek out from behind the label. Then use some of the glue again to add in a couple of the Gold glimmer stems. Attach the label with Stampin' Dimensionals over the leaves and stems. Once Glue a couple more leaves and glimmer stems to the front of the label. Using dimensionals attach the flowers over those leaves and stems. Use the photo as reference if you like or wing it and create your own design. Attach your sentiment using dimensionals. Lastly add some embellishments. Iridescent Sequins were used on this card but you could use any embellishments you choose.
And you're done!!!
Now here is the supply list...it is so much longer than I thought it would be, LOL!