February 11, 2007

Soft Birthday Wishes

I designed this card for my friend's birthday. It ended up a 5" x 5" square. How I made this card: All supplies, except ribbon and stickles, are from Stampin Up. Using the double roller embossing stylus, I dry embossed a piece of SU cardstock vellum with Bodacious Bouquet Brassy Template . . . using this roller stylus and cardstock vellum is the trick to avoid having the vellum tear or crack. I adhered the embossed vellum onto SU's Bashful Blue cardstock by running it through my Xyron, and set aside to work on the focal image. I dry embossed the large flower and some long stems from the Bodacious Bouquet template onto Whisper White cardstock and then colored in with Bashful Blue and Sage Shadow chalks. I stamped 6 leaves with Sage Shadow Classic ink, cut out, and adhered as shown. I inked up a smaller flower with Bashful Blue Classic ink, and found that it was too bright, so I stamped it again, using the lighter version. I cut out this flower and added some stickles (glitter glue in a small bottle) to the center of that flower. I also embossed the edges of the Whisper White matting beneath the Sage Shadow matting (you can see the scalloped edges if you look very closely). I punched the ticket corner punch on the 4 corners of the white mat, and inserted bashful blue eyelets with a Crop a Dile. Finally, I put the whole thing together by mounting the focal image with SU dimensionals (soo much thinner than most dimensionals -- I love these!!) and ahdering it on top of wide White organdy ribbon and 3/8" May Arts white polka dot ribbon (from Starlitstudio). Look closely again and you'll see that I tied 3 pieceds of polka dot ribbon -- 2 are Sage Shadow and one is light blue. I had the light blue from a previous purchase, but I needed another spot of Sage Shadow on the card -- and the 5 different green ribbons I have didn't work!! -- so I took the white polka dot and ran it over the Sage Shadow ink pad several times. Good enough!

20 comments:

  1. This card is stunning!! Thanks for sharing it with us!

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  2. Oh my...this looks terrific! I can't believe all the work here...

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  3. Um, hello! Can we say gorgeous?! :D This card is so beautiful, Joan! I just love that color combo and all the details look great.

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  4. Joan - wow that is gorgeous - your friend is so lucky!! thanks for sharing your creation!! love it!!

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  5. Your colors are so subtle and soft which go really well with the flower image. I love the way you matted it with the fun corners and the ribbon embellishments! It is absolutely beautiful! You have a lucky friend who is in store for a very special surprise! Great job, Joan!

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  6. Wow, that is very pretty!!! I am sure your friend will love it!!!

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  7. Wow, this is fabulous. I have the bodacious bouquet template but I have never used it, you have definitely inspired me!

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  8. Joan, this is Beautiful!!! Well worth all the work that you put into it. I love it!!!!!

    Vicki

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  9. Wow! This is gorgeous!!! I just found your blog and immediately bookmarked! Awesome work.

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  10. nice colors and the embossing is pretty cool too. How do you have time for lawyering with all this beautiful cardmaking??

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  11. Ditto !

    (and your instructions are super!)

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  12. Very pretty and a great inspiration for getting out the brass template!! :) TFS another great card, Joan!
    Elaine

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  13. Joan, this is a truly breathtaking card! (And not in the Seinfeld/Elaine sense either--it's a *great* wowser!) Your colors and design are just perfect, and my night is happier for having seen this piece of lovliness. Thanks!

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  14. Such a beautiful card -- love how soft it seems. The colors are just perfect together. It's definitely a big WOW!!

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  15. christine (lovintx)2/13/2007 09:50:00 PM

    Gorgeous!!!!!!!!!! These colors are superb together and the layout and EVERYTHING is sooo pretty. And, the ribbon, did I mention the ribbon? I love, love, love it!!

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  16. Joan, your card is absolutely stunning! I love the softness of this card. Your frind is going to love it. HAve you thought about sending it into a magazine to be published?

    Mary

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  17. What a beautiful card! I love the colors and the dry embossing really makes it pop!

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  18. This card is awesome!
    I always want to use my brass stencils, but never come up with a workable design. Can't wait to try this one. Thanks for sharing the "how-to"!

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  19. Wow, I missed this post earlier. That is a gorgeous card, Joan!

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  20. Wowsers! This card is beautiful. I'm really impressed!

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