Just to prove I can

I made a card without using the Big Shot at all!  Can you believe it?  But first —- HUGE NEWS!

I told you in yesterday's post that you can order Easter sets from the Occasions mini in March.  Well, SU! announced tonight that beginning with the Fall/Winter 2009 issue (coming out July 1), we're going back to one catalog/year!  I love having the extra catalog, but it is a little hectic.  There will be one catalog, one Spanish Supplement, 2 Decor Elements brochures and 3 mini catalogs each year.  The minis will each last 4 months and there will be hostess sets you can earn in the minis.  (Remember when they used to do that?)  I don't think there was any word about the Supply List going back into the catalog, but I'm guessing that it will.  I don't think that's been a hugely popular move, although, personally, I love having extra pages for goodies.  And I never used the supply list much – until it was gone!  I find myself heading to the back of the catalog to check on something, and then catch myself.

So – back to my "No Big Shot" card.  This is the "Bloomin' Beautiful" set that Liz got at her workshop and let me borrow.  Yes, she is really sweet, but the real reason she loaned it to me was so I'd make the mask!  Here's what I'm talking about….

Bloomin_beautifulI stamped the vase and flowers in StazOn on Whisper White card stock.  Then I stamped it again on a Post-It note.  From the Post-It, I cut out just the vase, making a mask for the flowers and a reverse mask for the vase. Then I stamped the definition in Basic Brown on the vase.  WHEW!  It's a lot easier than it sounds.

After I stamped the definition, I watercolored the image.  Next time, I'd color first, then stamp the definition.  However – the Basic Brown really is waterproof on Whisper White!  It held up quite well to the aqua painter.  And I didn't even heat set it.

Here's the list of supplies:
Stamp Set:  Bloomin' Beautiful
Ink:  Jet Black StazOn; Lovely Lilac, Almost Amethyst, Basic Gray, Basic Brown classic; Markers – Lovely Lilac, Almost Amethyst, Mellow Moss, So Saffon, Always Artichoke
Paper:  Whisper White, Almost Amethyst, So Saffron, Certainly Celery card stock; Tea Party DSP
Accessories:  2-way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, So Saffron wide grosrain, Designer Label punch, 1/8" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, eyelet border punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Flower brads, Blender Pen, Aqua Painter

I thought I was on a roll with the bow/knot tying.  Is the one on this card not perfect?  I was so proud.  Then I tied a knot in a ribbon tonight, and it wasn't so great.  Ah, well.  Too much perfection would be hard to bear.

Till tomorrow!

About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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