I arrived home late yesterday from a wonderful trip to Madison, Alabama (near Huntsville) for the July 4th Holiday – I had a wonderful weekend with several of my friends I met through stamping (September Gray, Jennifer Spiller and Katie Ferguson). After arriving home, I took a quick nap and then got to work on today’s project. Woo hoo! For inspiration, I looked to Nicole Watt’s Pixel Maven Digital Challenge. Nicole, a fellow Pal and PPA Design Team member, is also a friend met through stamping. I do love this craft!
Here’s my card:
And here’s the banner for the PMDC challenge:
- Embossing Light-on-Dark. You already know how much I love to use embossing powder, right? While embossing powders can certainly give you a glossy, shiny, solid image (woo hoo!), embossing powders also allow you to create a light-colored image on a darker paper. I reached into my embossing powder stash to create tiger-striped hearts in Blushing Bride, White and Pool Party on Baked Brown Sugar paper. I could have never accomplished that look with just inks and paper. I don’t like to say “never” but…never.
- Masking a Sentiment. There are several ways to mask a stamp so that you only ink up a portion of the image. I used a post-it note to mask a large image last week (see that post here), but to separate this tiny sentiment from Lots of Thanks, I added a piece of tape (sticky side down) to the part I did not want. I inked up the image, removed the tape and then stamped. Two helpful hints:
- Clean the stamp. Make sure the stamp is super-clean. Who wants to go to all the trouble of masking a piece to only end up with a faint image of the masked portion of the stamp?
- Tuck it in. Since this sentiment was so small, I had to “tuck in” the tape along the base of the sentiment. I carefully (and very gently) used the side of my paper-piercing tool to make sure everything was properly covered up.
- Groovy Love with a Groovy Line of Hearts. I really love the shape of the new Sweetheart punch and all the coordinating stamps in Groovy Love. I was excited to use this zebra-print heart – until I learned it was a tiger-print heart. 🙂 I originally wanted these hearts in a single, straight line across the center of this card. At last minute, I decided to create them in a diagonal. I like how the hearts fill the white space a little bit.
Stamp sets: Groovy Love, Lots of Thanks Papers: Baked Brown Sugar, Blushing Bride, Whisper White Inks: Baked Brown Sugar Accessories: Sweetheart Punch, Stampin’ Emboss Powders (Blushing Bride, White, Pool Party), Stampin’ Dimensionals
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