Do you find that sometimes when you begin to see a certain stamp or die set emerge on designers projects that you’re just drawn to it? Perhaps it’s the shape or the item itself that calls to you and says ‘put me in your crafty stash you won’t be sorry’! Todays cards are a result of just that kind of feeling.
I saw the flower on a card in the Spellbinders Celebra’tions stamp collection called My Friend and I just loved how it looked, simple yet elegant. I decided to try and duplicate the card that was showcased on the package, since that’s the one I’d seen numerous times and was so taken by it.
Here’s my card, a standard A2 size (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″) on a 110# white card base. I used a solid yellow from the Spellbinders Celebra’tions Paper Collection and stamped it with Versamark and clear embossing powder with the Spellbinders Celebra’tions Doily Fun stamp. The corners were rounded with Martha Stewart’s Deco Fan punch. The flowers were stamped using Tim Holtz Distress ink in Chipped Sapphire which was very close to the original design and provided just the right pop of color when placed on the white mat. I used Spellbinders Celebra’tions Pierced Rectangle dies for the mat and tied the bow with Spellbinders Celebra’tions Linen Thread adding Spellbinders Celebra’tions Sweet Dreams sequins here and there. All the card mats and pieces were adhered with Angel Craft‘s 1/4″ craft tape.
This card is one of my favorites I think because of that gorgeous blue spotted paper from the Spellbinders Celebra’tions Special Occasion Prints Collection. I really am taken with these Spellbinders papers which come in a pack of six designs. The paper is a wonderful weight for cardmaking and doesn’t crack when scored. The mat comes from the Spellbinders Celebra’tions Assorted Solids Collection which gives you a taste of all the colors in this line in one package. This time I used the new Tim Holtz Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink for my flower and again added the Spellbinders Celebra’tions Linen thread for the accent bow and ties.
Changing the card up to pinks and greens really gives a different look. Much more whimsical this time.
Look what happens when you use the new Tim Holtz Abandoned Coral and this great green, wow what a pop! Aren’t you amazed that I was able to find solid paper that matches the distress ink so well? Well the secret is, I couldn’t! I inked white cardstock with the distress ink to form the mats I needed. You don’t need to ink the whole mat just the portion that is visible to the eye, no one sees what’s glued underneath. To give a little more pizzazz to this card I took Sizzix‘s Textured Impressions embossing folder in Pinwheels and inked the inside with the Abandoned Coral distress ink, inserted my white mat and ran it through my Sizzix Big Shot. The result is this embossed mat that has the ink in the debossed portions (I inked the debossing side so when the mat ran through the machine the ink was pushed into the indents, you need to choose which look you’re going for before embossing).
OK the last card is the one we’ll make on the video, so come join me and see how simple and fast you can make a card. Your creations can be as simple or as complex as you like. So many of you stress that cards must be loaded with papers and embellishments to make a statement but I’m here to show you sometime less is really more. Simple sometimes can have a big WOW factor too. Check out all the supplies from the Cut at Home store linked directly below the video.
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Supplies from the Cut at Home Store:
SCS-002: Spellbinders Celebra’tions My Friend stamp set
SCD-012: Spellbinders Celebra’tions Pierced Rectangle dies
SCS-001: Spellbinders Celebra’tions Doily Fun stamp
SCT-001: Spellbinders Celebra’tions Linen Thread
SCI-001: Spellbinders Celebra’tions Berry Black True Color Fusion Ink
SCP-018: Spellbinders Celebra’tions Special Occasions 12×12 paper collection
SCP-017: Spellbinders Celebra’tions Assorted Solids Collection
SCE-001: Spellbinders Celebra’tions Sweet Dreams Sequins
TIM43256: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Mermaid Lagoon
TIM20233: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Peeled Paint
TIM43188: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Abandoned Coral
TIM34995: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Picked Raspberry
658989: Sizzix Textured Impressions 2PK Pinwheel & Stripes embossing folders
S5-218: Spellbinders A2 Devine Eloquence Card Creator dies
Supplies from my stash: Martha Stewart punches Deco Fan, Cathedral Lace; white Georgia Pacific 110# cardstock; brads; Versamark; clear embossing powder; Stampendous Fran-tage embossing powder; bakers twine; pearls; Wink of Stella in clear