Rules were meant to be broken, right? Well, something overcame me yesterday as I sat down to make a “clean and simple” card for Mary Fish’s Stampin’ Pretty Pals online challenge (she hosted a gallery of cards on our Stampin’ Pretty Pals private chat group). Brace yourself because you are not going to believe what I have to tell you. You are going to argue with me about whether my design fits inside the rules of the challenge. Then I’m going to get really upset and might whimper a little bit, shedding a few tears. Then you are going to be embarrassed because you made me cry, but the embarrassment will soon lead to resentment (and then anger) because you think I’m playing with your emotions (I’m not). Then we are going to hug. Why do we always get so emotional with each other when we talk about stamping?
Tips, Tricks and Reminders:
- Clean and Simple? Here’s the bitter irony of this card: it’s as CAS as a card could be, but even I would argue that it is not properly classified as “clean” if it has glitter or uses glimmer paper. If you have read my blog for a while, then you know I am no fan of this stuff and fear that I might have to torch the Fungeon (that’s my stamping basement) each time it comes out of quarantine. If you missed my tirade on glitter, check it out here. Regardless, I like how the card turned out. Would I mail it to my worst enemy? I’m not that mean!
- Color. Although I think of myself as an expert on the contents of the Annual Catalog, I was proven a non-expert while at Convention. As I casually mentioned to Nicole Watt that I have a pack of unopened Champagne Glimmer Paper in my airtight glitter and glimmer paper chamber and was sad that I didn’t use it before it retired, she informed me that it is current and included in the book. I guess I have been skimming over that section of the page that has glimmer paper on it. Anyway, I love the Champagne color, and it pairs beautifully with Baked Brown Sugar, no? I decided to keep the card in Baked Brown Sugar, silver and white tones. This color scheme really appeals to me (I’m a sucker for non-traditional colors at Christmas time), and I think it would stand out on anyone’s mantel.
- Festive Flurry Dies. While these framelit dies coordinate with a stamp set, I simply used them to crop out the snowflakes here. Using a medium and small snowflake framelit, I cropped the outside shape and inside shape in the Champagne Glimmer Paper. I then cropped a piece of Silver Glimmer paper with the small snowflake. That allowed me to nestle the small snowflake inside the large one – kinda’ like a puzzle. I popped those up with Stampin’ Dimensionals and was done!
Stamp Sets: Remembering Christmas Inks: Baked Brown Sugar Papers: Baked Brown Sugar, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer Paper, Champagne Glimmer Paper Accessories: Festive Flurry Framelits, Stampin’ Dimensionals
It’s generally difficult to capture the shine of glimmer paper or rhinestones in a picture, but they really shown well here – still not as vibrant as in person, but this gives you are really good idea of how it looks.
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