Sunday, May 29, 2016

NC Demos May Blog Hop is ALL New! Get a Peek at a Fabulous New Hostess Set!

It's ALMOST here!  The release of the 2016-2017 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog is this coming Wednesday, May 1st!  My fellow NC Demos and I are ALL so excited about these new products and just couldn't wait to start sharing them with you, so we decided our May tour is all about what's new that you are going to LOVE in the new Catalog!

If you have stamped with me or follow my blog on a regular basis you may have realized that I don't use a lot of the hostess sets.  I am not sure why.  I just forget that I have them or they haven't been my style. That is NOT the case with this year's Annual Catalog!  I am totally in love with this year's hostess sets!  I liked the Fabulous Flora set SO much I couldn't wait until I could get it for free as a part of a qualifying order in June.  I had to buy it during the demonstrator pre-order!

My first impulse when I began to create my card was to stamp one of the lovely floral images with either the Archival Black or Tuxedo Black Memento Pad then color it in using the Stampin' Write Markers or a watercolor technique.  I also thought bout embossing it and then some sort a resist technique.  But after taking a stroll through one of my old Terrific Techies books I found the perfect idea to feature my fabulous flower!  A dry emboss technique that uses Vellum Cardstock and would be a great way to create the flora focal point I was looking for!  

Dry Embossing Cardstock Vellum

  1. stamp your image on the Vellum Cardstock with either the Tuxedo Black Memento Pad or StazOn Ink. Allow the ink to dry. 
  2. Turn your Vellum over and place on the Stampin' Pierce Mat..
  3. Gently colon in or trace your image using the tip of a Bone Folder. over images. Start light and rub gently to avoid tearing or poking through the Vellum.  You may need to go over the vellum a few times to make the image more defined or “whiter.” 
  4. Turn your image back over and attach it to your card using SNAIL or Fast Fuse Adhesive.

With what I think is a pretty terrific focal point and a stamp set that is so pretty it doesn't need a lot of bells and whistles to make a wonderful card I had to decide how to finish up my card.  I decided to keep my card monochromatic using the Basic Gray and Smoky Slate then give it just a pop of color using a piece of Sweet Sugarplum (a new 2016-2018 In Color) that I cut out with the amazing Layering Squares Framelits. I am going to be using these on a lot of future products!

I added a little texture and depth by doing direct to paper with my Smoky Slate ink pad on the Basic Gray card base and the piece of Smoky Slate strip that I had stamped with the same flower stamp and Memento Pad I had used for my focal point.  I finished off my card by stamping my greeting, "FOR YOU...ANYTHING: with the Memento Pad and adding a Metal Rimmed Pearl.

Now all I have to do is decide if this is going to be a Make & Take at my New Catalog Kick Off evens this week or at my June Cute Cards Quick which will feature all the new 2016-2018 In Colors.  Yet another first world problem.  LOL.

I hope you have enjoyed getting a sneak peek at this wonderful new hostess set, framelits and In Color.  If you would like to schedule your own party or place an order to get the hostess set for FREE or purchase any of the products I have shown here please let me know.  I would love to help you!

Okay, I am all done for this month, but you aren't!  Start with Sharon's blog and see what she and the rest of the NC Demos have created to inspire you this month!  

Happy Stamping!


Jo Anne Hewins -

Michelle Irinyi -

Melissa Kerman -

Tracie Langley -

Sharon Maranich -

Sue Root -

Pam Staples -

Frances Wagner -

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Hi Tracie, great card. I love the dry embossing on vellum.

Posted by Pam Staples on May 29, 2016 at 09:48 PM #

Your card is beautiful. I had forgotten about this technique, but it's perfect for this set.

Posted by Sue Root on May 29, 2016 at 09:54 PM #

Love your card. I haven't tried the technique with vellum, but it is beautiful. I'll definitely try it.

Posted by Jo Anne Hewins on May 29, 2016 at 09:57 PM #

Tracie, I love your card. I haven't tried that technique in a while. Now I have to work on it.

Posted by Frances Wagner on May 29, 2016 at 10:25 PM #

Thank you all! So glad you like my card! Can't wait to see what you create with this technique!

Posted by Tracie Evans Langley on May 29, 2016 at 11:05 PM #

Tracie - love that dry embossing. I never think about that technique. Thanks for the reminder!

Posted by Sharon on May 30, 2016 at 09:17 AM #

I love, love, love your card. Now I want to go do that technique which I haven't done in ages. The focal is beautiful but I also love the suede like look on the basic gray and the added ink on the stamped piece as well. The little touch of ink on the torn word piece and pearl are perfect little additions too! Just lovely!!! I'm inspired to go create now! TFS!

Posted by Melissa Kerman on May 30, 2016 at 11:35 AM #

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