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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Simple joys

It's funny but I had never considered myself to be artistic, and I was even told by others that I wasn't.  I'm so glad that I didn't let my own and others' opinions put me off.  Now I can't imagine a day when I wasn't creating something, and while I truly appreciate your positive comments, that's not the only reason to be creative.  Crafting is therapeutic, it's difficult to think of anything else while creating and it's a great way to de-stress.  Sometimes I'll have a definite plan in mind when I sit down to make something, other times I'll just wing it (see my blog post on Monday for an extreme example of that!).

Today though I wanted to show you a card that I created for my personal World Card Making Day challenge back at the beginning of October.

This project began with a piece of Dapper Denim Card wiped with an Embossing Buddy to remove any oils and static.  Using VersaMark Ink I stamped the small snowflake image from the Colorful Seasons Stamp Set randomly onto the card, then I sprinkled the ink with Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder and tapped off the excess.

Next I stamped the larger snowflake from the same stamp set with VersaMark Ink but this time sprinkled it with White Stampin' Emboss Powder, l tapped off the excess and removed some stray specks before melting all the remaining powder with my Heat Tool set on 2 (high).  The completed layer was then fixed to a piece of Whisper White Card using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow).

The sentiment 'may the simple joys of the season be yours' comes from the Christmas Pines Stamp Set, and after wiping a piece of Dapper Denim Card with the Embossing Buddy I stamped the sentiment with VersaMark Ink.  The VersaMark was sprinkled with White Stampin' Emboss Powder, I tapped off the excess and removed some stray specks, then melted the rest with my Heat Tool set on 2 (high).

Using my Big Shot and Magnetic Platform I cut out the sentiment with the #3 plain-edge oval die from the Layering Ovals Framelits (counting from the smallest up).  Using the slightly larger #4 plain-edge oval die I cut out a piece of Silver Glimmer Paper.

The Glimmer Paper was attached to the embossed snowflake layer with Multipurpose Liqiud Glue (Tombow), then I wrapped a length of Silver 3/8" Metallic-Edge Ribbon around the layer, securing it on the back with Fast Fuse.  The embossed sentiment was fixed on top of the Glimmer Paper and ribbon with more Fast Fuse.

With my Stampin' Trimmer I cut and scored a piece of Dapper Denim Card, folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder to create a card base.  The assembled layers were added to the front of the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Next I took a layer of Whisper White Card, wiped it with an Embossing Buddy then used VersaMark Ink to stamp the small snowflake image twice in the top right-hand corner.  I sprinkled the VersaMark with silver Stampin' Emboss Powder, tapped off the excess and removed some stray specks then melted the remaining embossing powder with my Heat Tool set on 2 (high).  This layer was then fixed to the inside of the card base with Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow).

To complete the project I used the same process to emboss two small silver snowflakes in the top left corner on the front of a Whisper White Medium Envelope.

My regular blog readers will know that I find using ribbon a bit of a challenge but I am trying to use it, and other embellishments, more often.  I like the unusual effect I've created on this project by sandwiching the ribbon between the sentiment and the silver mat.  What do you think?


In the table below you'll find all the Stampin' Up! tools and materials I used to create today's project.  Click on a link for more information and from there you can add the items to your online shopping bag if you wish.

BUNDLE BONUS - You'll notice in the supply list that I've included a link to the Colorful Seasons Stamp Set & Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies Bundle.  Although I didn't use these particular dies on today's project, they coordinate with the Colorful Seasons Stamp Set so I wanted to point out that they are available, and if you buy them both using the special bundle item number you'll save 10% off the cost of buying the two items separately.




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