Lots of times when I create a project, it’s for a specific event – a swap, workshop, challenge, or class – or for a certain person’s special day. Sometimes, though, I create just for fun, to see what I can come up with if I’m not rushed or wanting to showcase new products. This card is the end result of my play day.
How fun is this card? As I was playing, I started cutting and sponging and embossing and it all evolved into this note card. Here’s the process.
First, stamp the grid image from the Timeless Textures Stamp Set multiple times in Soft Suede Classic ink on a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Wood Textures Designer Series Paper (DSP). Next, emboss the DSP layer using the Tin Tile Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Lightly sand the embossed areas with a sanding block. Sponge the edges of the DSP with Soft Suede Classic ink and a Stampin’ Sponge.
Next, select one of the darker colors of Wood Textures DSP. Rub the edge of a Versamark Pad over the DSP. You don’t have to cover it completely. Sprinkle Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder over the DSP, shake the excess back into the jar, then heat with the Heat Tool. When it’s cool, die-cut the large set of gears from the Garage Gears Thinlits from the DSP. Cut another set of gears from a Silver Foil Sheet.
Stamp the net image from Sea of Textures multiple times in Crumb Cake ink to cover a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock. Stamp the larger balloon from the Lift Me Up Stamp Set two times on the stamped Very Vanilla Cardstock. Die cut using the Up & Away Thinlits Dies. Sponge the die-cut balloons with Crumb Cake Classic Ink. For the baskets, sponge a mixture of Coastal Cabana and Old Olive Classic Ink.
Die-cut the set of butterflies from the Butterfly Beauty Thinlits Dies from the Very Vanilla stamped layer (the same piece that you cut the balloons from). Note: You don’t need the entire set of butterflies; all you need is one small butterfly. Sponge the butterfly with the Old Olive/Coastal Cabana mix.
If you have any room left on the stamped Very Vanilla piece, you can die-cut the set of three gears from the Garage Gears Thinlits and sponge them with some Soft Suede Classic Ink.
Use the Big Shot Embossing Mats with the Butterfly Beauty Thinlits Dies to emboss the butterflies on a Cooper Foil Sheet. In hindsight, I should have cut and embossed; that would have been a lot easier. Lightly rub a Jet Black StazOn Pad over the embossed butterflies to bring out the embossing and age it a bit. Then cut one small butterfly from the mix.
You are ready to assemble! Layer the stamped/embossed DSP layer to a Very Vanilla card base. Adhere the die-cut gears at the top and bottom of the card, then add the balloons with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Adhere the two butterflies to the card as shown using Stampin’ Dimensionals. If you were able to squeeze the three gears from the Very Vanilla Cardstock, tuck them behind the copper butterfly at the bottom corner of the card.
Stamp a sentiment on a Very Vanilla Cardstock scrap, then hand cut a banner. Add it to the card behind a balloon.
The hardest thing about this card was deciding what elements to use. I had lots more stamped images and die-cuts than I could use, and while I’m a huge fan of lots of layers, sometimes it can get a little too crowded or off balance. I am really happy with how this turned out, though.
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day!