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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Elegance of Cards

Happy March everyone.  Here in Phoenix Arizona we are hoping for another month of spring like temperatures and maybe a little rain too.  Nice weather is always appreciated here and goodness knows we will run out soon enough.

Today I wanted to share I card I made using a couple of items from the Occasions Mini catalog.  Remember, this catalog is only around until April 30th do make sure you get your orders in before then.  Anyway, I used items that I thought would make a very elegant card to send to someone for their birthday or just to say hi.  So how about I stop rambling and let''s get started on the card.

I started this one with a base card of Lucky Limeade cut at 4 1/4" x 11", scored at 5 1/2".  I then turned to my Shimmer White card stock cut at 4" x 5 1/4" and ran it through my big shot using the Vintage Wallpaper impression folder.  I used runner adhesive to attach this to the Limeade base card.   I added rhinestones to the center of the flowers on the white background after I attached the blossoms and the greeting. 

For the greeting I turned to 2 stamp sets.  The first is called Four Frames.  I used this one to stamp the pretty frame that you see in Lucky Limeade ink on Whisper White card stock.  I then turned to the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set and stamped the "just for you" sentiment in Limeade ink.  I then used the Decorative Label punch to punch out the greeting.  I took a piece of scrap Limeade card stock and punched out 2 more Decorative Labels to make the frame to go around the greeting.  Once this was put together, I set it aside as it needed to be attached after the flowers were.  I adhered it using dimensionals.  Then it was time to work on the flowers.

This is where the Occasions Mini catalog comes in to play.  I used the stamp set called Mixed Bunch to get the beautiful filigree design you see on my flowers.  I stamped this flower 3 times total.  Do only one at a time though.  I stamped the flower using VersaMark ink onto Whisper White card stock.  I then used my Melon Mambo, Tangerine Tango and Tempting Turquoise embossing powders to heat emboss them.  That is why you can only do one at a time.  Once a flower is stamped, sprinkle the powder over the flower, shaking off the excess.  Then use the heat tool to heat emboss it.  When these 3 were finished, I used the coordinating punch from the Occasions Mini catalog called Blossom and punched each flower out.  Using the solid end of my paper piercer, I curled the petals of the flowers under just a little.  I then took scrap pieces of Melon Mambo, Tangerine Tango and Tempting Turquoise card stock and punched out a blossom using the Blossom punch.  I then adhered the solid color to the embossed flower off setting the petals.  I adhered these with glue dots.  I wanted a little bling on the flowers so I added rhinestones to the center of each flower.  I had one to match the turquoise and melon colors but not the tangerine.  I turned to my alcohol inks and colored one to match the tangerine.  I then attached the flowers using dimensionals.  Once they were on, I could adhere the greeting and add rhinestones to the center of the flowers on the white embossed background. 

Now that may seem like a lot of steps but it is really not a difficult card to make.  Give it a try and send me a picture of yours.  I would love to see what you come up with.  I shall return tomorrow to finish the week off with another creations.  Have a wonderful rest of your day and I will see you tomorrow.  Thanks for dropping by!

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