I found a template in a stamping magazine I sometimes buy, and have been wanting to try it out. I didn’t change the template much, and if you know the magazine and have seen the template challenge, you’ll know what I’m talking about! I basically just changed the stamps and colors. Here it is:
Honestly, I wasn’t trying to see how many punches I could use on one card, but….I think 7! And every time I string beads on staples, I swear it’s the last time. When the boys were little, they were sometimes confused about what were "bad words," and what words were ok. We told them anything they heard Mom & Dad say (NOT Grandma! Just kidding, Mom!!) was ok. When I string staples, I’m kind of glad we made that rule so I’d have to bite my tongue! I think the worst thing this time was, "Daaaaagnabbit!" when I punched a staple through my thumb. There’s got to be an easier way to do this, but I haven’t figured it out yet.
These colors (except for the ones on the fruit and the Pumpkin Pie flower) are from the Color Coach under "Pale Plum" – another of my neglected colors. I wasn’t a huge fan of PP- until I saw it with the Roses (Regal and Red) and Old Olive.
Here’s what I used –
Stamp set: Window Dressing
Ink: Jet Black StazOn, Stampin’ Write markers – Perfect Plum, Old Olive, Ruby Red, Elegant Eggplant
Paper: Rose Red, Regal Rose, Old Olive, Pale Plum card stock
Accessories: Punches – 1" & 1 1/4" circle, Scallop circle, Scallop border, 1 1/4" & 1 3/8" square, Boho Blossom; Sticky Strip, Bead Duos (Green and Pink), Flower Fusion Accents & Elements, Earth Elements brads, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dot, Aqua Painter
If you click on the image to get a larger view, you’ll see the "faux dry embossing." I punched Boho Blossoms out of Regal Rose card stock, then adhered them randomly to the Regal Rose card front. The rest is pretty straightforward. The pink beads are stuck to the sticky strip. (TIP: Dump on the large beads first, press them into the adhesive, and then fill in the gaps with the micro beads.)