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I had an unused Clearly Besotted stamp set and co-ordinating die waiting patiently to have a first outing. I also wanted to try out white embossing and then colouring onto kraft or Neenah card. Time to play ............... and this is the card I made, a bit different to the traditional white background:
- 4.25" x 5.5" card blank, cut from Neenah 'Desert Storm' card stock with the opening on the short side as a change from tent style
- next I used the largest die in Lil' Inkers 'Stitched Rectangles' set to cut the stitched border on the card front itself
- the stamp and set I used for the whole of this card is by Clearly Besotted, called 'Fairytale Ending' . It comes with the flower spray (plus a matching die is available) as well as the words 'Mr & Mrs' as well as the 'And they lived happily ever after' sentiment I used on my card. The Mr & Mrs stamps are three little ones, separate to one another so I guess you could make cards for same sex marriage celebrations - and of course the flower spray would be lovely for loads of other occasions
- stamped the sentiment onto another piece of Neenah card using VersaMark and then heat embossed it using Stamp n Stuff 'Detail white' embossing powder
- die cut it using the next size down in the 'stitched rectangles' die set and glued it in place on the card front
- stamped and embossed the flower spray onto another piece of Neenah 'Desert Storm' card stock and then coloured it using Faber Castell Polychromos pencils. I always do a try out before using Sansodor blending solution, to check how it reacts with the colours and also the card stock. Sho' nuff - it worked beautifully on the greens but would have turned the pinks 'muddy' so I left the flowers and buds as they were
- then die cut the flower spray using the co-ordinating die - it lined up beautifully without having to die cut a template - and stuck the spray onto the card front using slivers of thin sticky pads
- then just tickled the leaves and flowers with clear Wink of Stella, which does give a lovely soft shimmer in real life
- final touch, three iridescent white sequins, glued in place using Glossy Accents
I knew there was every chance I'd stamp the sentiment 'on the wonk' even using the Misti - so I stamped it first onto a slightly larger piece of Neenah card before die cutting the layer using a stitched rectangle die.
Edit: As always, I'd first spotted this wonderful stamp set and matching die over on a Playmate's blog - it was 'our Janice' - over here!
We'd love to see you over at Cuttlebug Mania, it's a great theme with plenty of scope. The challenge runs for two weeks and it's June, the traditional month for a lot of Weddings.
I'd like to enter this card into the CAS Mix Up June Card Challenge (my first time playing over at this fun challenge). The theme this month is 'stamping + die-cuts + my own choice of heat embossing'. Happy dance here as I've wanted to join in right from the beginning back in March :)