The Artisan Design Team’s March box of products is all about spring! I admit it. I have full on spring fever. After last week’s beautiful projects, I can’t even wait to see what everyone has to show you this week. If you have come over from amazing Jeanna, welcome to the next stop. If you are starting here, just continue around using the next buttons until you get back to me.
On Saturday I had the privilege of presenting at the Northern Virginia Stampin’ Up Style Regional Event. This event was coordinated by Rose-Ellen Eastman with the assistance of Michelle Suit (both such amazing stampers!). Over 50 Stampin’ Up demonstrators got together to share ideas and creativity. Such a fun day!! Events like this are another of the many reasons to be a Stampin’ Up demonstrator! When Rose-Ellen asked me to be a presenter I have to admit that I got really nervous. What to make? I immediately decided that I wanted it to be a “makable wow”. Meaning that it would have wow features but still had to be easy enough for new stampers to make. While the product list is a little longer for this than I originally intended, the card is definitely one that can be made by any level of stamper.
Spring to me says soft colors and a soft look to cards. Naturally Subtles colors and vellum came to mind. I cut my base from Whisper White. Then I cut a panel of Whisper White and one of White Vellum to exactly the same size. They are 3-3/4″ x 5″. I cut another panel out of White Vellum to 2″ x 4-3/4″ then set that one aside for a bit. Using a left over scrap of White Vellum, I stamped the flower from Petite Petals five times using Versamark ink and then heat embossed with Whisper White Stampin’ Emboss Powder. I pulled the 2″ wide panel back out and scored, using the Simply Scored Scoring Tool, at 1/2″ and 4-1/4″. Then I stamped the sentiment from Regarding Dahlias in Versamark ink and embossed with Whisper White Embossing Powder. Now for the fun part! Using my sponge dauber and Pool Party ink, I started applying ink to the back side of the flowers to create a pop of color. I used the #1 setting on my Stampin’ Heat Tool (it is the low setting) to set the ink. Since vellum is basically plastic, the ink just doesn’t absorb into it. The heat allows the ink to dry faster so you can proceed on with the card without waiting (because I have no patience!). Take the sponge dauber and apply ink to the back of the 2″ panel too. Because it doesn’t dry quickly, you have time to apply the ink in a way that makes you happy. You are going for a soft, watercolor-y look so don’t worry about really even application. Use the heat tool on that panel too to help the ink dry when you are ready.
You have all the parts now, just how to put it together? Concealing the adhesive is always the hardest part of using vellum for me. I used quite a few Glue Dots for this one, all selectively placed. Cut five pieces of Whisper White Baker’s Twine about 5″. Attach the top of the twine to the vellum using Glue Dots (place the Glue Dots where you want the flowers to go). Once you have all the stem tops on, punch out the flowers you stamped with the Petite Petals Punch and attach them on to the same Glue Dots you put down. After they are all attached place three Glue Dots behind the vellum panel (on the back side of three flowers) and attach the vellum layer to the Whisper White layer of the same size. Run your adhesive on the bottom of the back side of the Whisper White panel and secure the other ends of the stems behind the layer. Now for the horizontal layer. You scored the edges to help you wrap that panel around to the back of the design layer. Using more Glue Dots, attach the panel securing from behind. Take that whole panel and attach to the card base using Dimensionals. Top off the flowers with Basic Pearls and you are done! So soft and pretty, don’t you think?! And no adhesive in sight!
Oh, and if you are not in the mood for Subtles? How about a Brights version instead? I made one in Rich Razzleberry to show as well! (You can click on it to see it larger) Now can you see a whole pack of these made in pretty spring colors? Yep…me too! It is on my list to finish up!
I’ll be back tomorrow with the latest from Freshly Made Sketches and then later in the week with a set of cards I am using for a workshop this week. More pretty spring things to show!
Okay, off to go visit the awesome Mercedes Weber. I can’t wait for you to see what she has created! Make sure you hop around the whole loop to take a look at beautiful creations by the whole team…you’ll be happy you did!
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Stamps: Petite Petals, Regarding Dahlias; Ink: Pool Party, Rich Razzleberry, Versamark; Paper: Whisper White, White Vellum Card Stock; Accessories: Stampin’ Heat Tool, Whisper White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Sponge Daubers, Petite Petals Punch, Basic Pearls, Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Whisper White Baker’s Twine