Good morning! I’ve gotten sleep the past TWO nights in a row, so I feel great today! Like let’s-go-hike-the-Grand-Canyon great. Okay, maybe not that well, but I feel pretty stinking good. And the hubs let me sleep in, and I was awakened this morning by two smiling children dogpiling me, so today has started out pretty sweet. :-)
This week over at Dynamic Duos is our Black Tie week. The colors are Basic Black and Melon Mambo with the dessert OPTION of umbrellas. In a rare out-of-character move, I skipped dessert today (but not last night — I made gluten-free Rice Krispies treats and most definitely did not skip).
I’ll tell you a secret — I have never liked Melon Mambo. I don’t even own a pack of the cardstock. It’s just not my pink. I love baby pink and cringe at hot pink. HOWEVER, I think I’m changing my tune, getting soft in my old age. After making this card and seeing the fabulous creations of the rest of the design team, I’m actually starting to like it. I’m even going to buy some cardstock.
I started with the black card base. I knew I wanted a lot of black for the black tie event. And I wanted to use this fabulous stamp from the photopolymer set Countless Sayings (available only while supplies last, and you don’t want to miss out like you missed out on Endless Wishes, right? Go buy it!). But I also wanted lots of tiny banners using the new Banner punch that will be available as a freebie starting Monday during Sale-A-Bration for any order of over $50 in product. And then right before I made my card, which I’d already kind of designed in my head, I saw this wonderful creation from Shannon Jaramillo, and it was fairly close to what I had in mind, so I made a few big changes to my design.
Don’t tell on me, but I stamped the sentiment in StazOn Jet Black ink. You’re NOT supposed to use StazOn Cleaner on the photopolymer stamps, but I don’t actually own Basic Black ink, so I had to use my StazOn. I cleaned the stamp immediately with my baby wipes, which works pretty well if you’re using a rubber stamp, but this still stayed on (as the name suggests) my stamp. I knew it would, but I’m okay with that. My stamp lines are now black, but I know it won’t mess up my other ink pads, so I’m okay.
I’ve never been good at coloring inside the lines, so I naturally messed up coloring with my Melon Mambo marker. Which is why some of the stamp lines are a little thicker — I colored a little extra on with my Basic Black marker to cover my coloring errors. :) I like how it looks, though.
I cocked my sentiment all slanted and then trimmed off the edges that overhung the card base. Before I glued it on, I punched out a ton of tiny banners using Silver Glimmer paper and the Brights DSP stack. For the little banner that has the heart punched out, I punched the heart first using the Small Heart punch, then punched the banner. I glued that on top of the glimmer banner using Crystal Effects, which will apparently stick anything to anything.
I was dying to use my new Scalloped Tag Topper punch, so I punched a scrap of Melon Mambo cardstock and tucked it behind the sentiment panel. If I’d had more of the cardstock, I would have made this a little pocket card and had the tag pull out for a sweet surprise.
Do you love the little arrow?! Me too! It’s actually one of the Essentials Wooden Elements. I traced it onto the back of the polka-dotted paper, cut that out with my Paper Snips, then glued the paper to the wood cut. Then I sanded the edges down with my sanding block before gluing it to the card (with Crystal Effects).
My other favorite embellishment is the little vellum banner in the top right corner! The one with the tiny silver heart on it? I used the new Silver Fancy Foil Designer Vellum and positioned one of the new Banners framelits just right so that the tiny heart would be in the bottom right corner. Love how it came out.
I’ll be back later with a supplies list, after my husband makes me Saturday Morning Breakfast (translation: pancakes and bacon!). :)
I hope you have a great Saturday! We are going to clean out the garage.
You can buy all the supplies I used in my card in my online Stampin’ Up! store, 24/7. And don’t forget — Sale-A-Bration starts Monday!! It’s the second most wonderful time of the year.