I was asked by Robin at Stamping 411 to be a Featured Stamper on their blog today and was just so honoured. I love playing with the Operators at Stamping 411. They always have wonderful challenges and always such kind things to say on the projects I make when I play along.
So Robin didn’t give me much to work on (I like rules and guidelines) so I decided to just wing it. I am just loving my Flower Fancy stamp set (and it is 20% off this month!) and I really like Vellum Cardstock as well – so why not put the two together. I decided to also use a colour combination that I could use for a bunch of cards so I ran with Old Olive, Rose Red, Pretty In Pink and Certainly Celery. Here is a shot of all the cards together:
I thought I’d walk you through each one step by step (this may be a repeat of what they’ve got at Stamping 411 but just bear with me!).
This first card I created uses the Faux Dry Embossing technique. What I did was stamp the small flowers in Jet Black Staz On onto a piece of Vellum Cardstock. I then flipped it over and placed it face down onto a piercing mat. I rubbed my finger over the areas I wanted to emboss and used my stylus and rubbed in the lines of the image. When you are done, it not only sticks out but becomes white. I continued this for the entire piece of vellum and then I stamped a small image from Tiny Tags in Whisper White craft ink between them and added small centres to the flowers using Pretty in Pink and Rose Red cardstock. I then adhered the vellum piece to a piece of Certainly Celery cardstock, that way the flowers stand out more.
To complete the card, I just added a small strip of Old Olive behind the embossed piece and at a right angle, a piece of Whisper White cardstock. I used my Certainly Celery and Old Olive Stampin’ Write markers to get a 2-toned “thanks”.
The second card uses vellum as Faux Stained Glass. As you can see, the layout of the card is quite simple and I did it that way as to show off the cool image work. I used my Embossing Buddy on the vellum ( a must!) and then stamped the stem and flower image in Versamark. I then sprinkled it with silver embossing powder and embossed. I flipped it over and on the back used my Stamin’ Write markers to colour in the flower. On the large flower and on the leaves, I used two colours of markers and my blender pen to blend them together.
Once this is done, you can adhere with a Whisper White piece behind (I used silver brads in each corner).
I finished off with an Old Olive piece punched with the Eyelet border punch and a tie of 5/8” Certainly Celery grosgrain.
For the next card, I decided to use Flower Fancy for it’s intended use, 2-Step Stamping. I just love this technique, it is so fast and so easy.
On a card base of Whisper White, I stamped the outline images in Jet Black Staz On and then the inside images in Pretty In Pink, Rose Red and Old Olive. By placing a layer of Vellum cardstock over the base, the colours are muted.
The vellum layer is attached by the tie of Whisper White taffeta ribbon along the top but I wanted a little something extra so I added a little embellishment in the bottom right corner using my 1 ¼”, 1 3/8” circle punches and a cut out flower. I also stamped a saying from Thank You Kindly and punched it out with my Modern Label Punch. Behind the large circle is a dimensional to assist in keeping the card together.
For my last card, I decided to use the stamp set with some Designer Series Paper to show how an outline image can be used with this great product. By doing this, you give the vellum and opportunity to be an accent in the centre or by layering.
I used Old Olive and Thoroughly Modern Designer Series paper, stamped the large flower and cut it out. I then stamped the large and small flower a few times on some Vellum cardstock – again, I cut them out. I ran the small flowers through the Sizzix with the Perfect Polka dots embossing folder and then took my Bone Folder to them – very much like you would with ribbon if you were wrapping a present. This gives the vellum flowers a bit of movement and dimension. I then added some Clear Rhinestone Brads in the centres and layered them onto the card. I also stamped and cut out a few of the outline leaves and adhered them behind the flowers.
Making more than one card is easy when you have a colour theme and products chosen ahead of time. I run a club that makes a set very much like this each month (you get a bit of a sneak peak on next month Ladies!) I hope you’ve enjoyed these cards!
And, for some great challenges and fun, please head on over to Stamping 411! These ladies are fantastic and put on some awesome challenges. Now get out that vellum and play!