Saturday, March 6, 2010
Wishing You the Best Things
I spent this Saturday making a birthday card for my cyberfriend Kathryn who's in the Everything Wendy Vecchi Yahoo! Group Birthday Club. For inspiration, I used the Midnight Madness Sketch, the Saturday Spotlight SSHP21 theme Hey Girlfriend, the Simon Says theme (Mother's Day/Girly--just keep it feminine), and, of course, Wendy's Studio 490 stamp sets.
Even though the card doesn't look fancy schmancy, I used a lot of product. My goal was to keep the focus on the flower in the oval. I had my own personal theme of dots and a light, airy springtime look.
This is a card of many firsts.
First time I...
used punchinella itself as a background (rather than as a stencil),
used this flower from Wendy's Studio 490 By the Number stamp set, and
ran the entire card (front) through the Cuttlebug (rather than just a mat), using the Swiss Dot embossing folder.
The flower stamp was too big for my Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Ovals and Classic Scalloped Ovals--a perfect excuse to pop out that flower above and beyond the ovals. To achieve that, I stamped the flower 2 more times; cut out the blossom on one; punched out the center on another; used pop dots on both for dimensional layering. (I used Memento ink in Dandelion and Cottage Ivy on the flower stamp.) I accidentally bought a clear Glaze pen, thinking it was white. Finally it came in handy today for accenting the yellow dots on Wendy's flower, giving the flower a little extra ooph without altering Wendy's design. I finished with Rock Candy Stickles on the center. I also used my white gel pen to add dots to the green scallop oval.
I found the ribbon at JoAnn's Fabrics. It's red, green and yellow, but the yellow blends in with the cardstock. As you can tell from the sketch design, I needed a little something to finish off the ribbon on that top left corner. I used the smaller flower stamp from Wendy's Studio 490 Dimensional Rose Art stamp set, stamping it onto yellow paper with white dots, cutting it out and folding it in half. I topped it with a premade flower and blinged it with a Hero Arts flower gem.
I tried something artsy with the words. These little word strips are popular on ATCs and other altered art. I stamped part of a saying from Wendy's Studio 490 Art of Making It Merry stamp set (the words Wishing You the Best) and the word Things from a saying in the Dimensional Rose Art set.
Woo Hoo! That makes three stamp sets of Wendy's used on this card! And I get to show it off in three on-line challenges! Here's hoping it gets Kathryn's seal of approval when she opens it on her birthday!
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