Happy Saturday morning, y’all! I’m off to stamp camp this morning, so hooray for that. We are finally fully over the flu. We got to bask in the sunshine and play outside this week, and I got to hang clothes out on the line all of three times before wasps set up camp about three feet from my clothesline — they love our back yard in the summer! So many flowering trees. So I made my Official 2014 Valiant Effort to save my family money and catch up on all the laundry, but wasps happened, so I’m done with that for a while. ;)
Annnnnnnyway. It’s Subtly Yours Week over at Dynamic Duos, also known as Sarah Stares at Her Supplies for Six Days Week. I am just not good with subtle colors! I couldn’t even do my nursery in pastels when I was pregnant with my daughter. Bold colors all around.
The above card is actually the second card I made. First I made this one.
Hated it. It’s grown on me, but it’s not my style, way out of my comfort zone, etc. But I will tell you how I made it, and then I’ll tell you about the other one.
For the vintage card, I started with the Wisteria Wonder card base. I sponged around the edges in Baked Brown Sugar ink using a nearly dry baby wipe. I get a much smoother sponge effect if I use a baby wipe rather than a sponge.
On the very vanilla piece, I inked up the script stamp from the Background Builders stamp set — I love this set. I first inked it up with the Wisteria Wonder marker (I don’t actually own a Wisteria Wonder ink pad), then blotted off some of the ink by tapping the stamp a few times with a baby wipe. Stamped that on the bottom. Then I inked it in Wisteria Wonder again and this time didn’t blot it; stamped it. Inked the stamp again with my So Saffron ink pad; stamped it. Then inked it one more time in So Saffron and this time blotted it with the baby wipe. Stamped. Then I got out my Gorgeous Grunge stamps and put a few ink spots on the paper in both Baked Brown Sugar and So Saffron ink. I distressed the edges with the Stampin’ Distress tool, then peeled the paper at the corners, then sponged Baked Brown Sugar all around the edges.
I stamped the flowers from the Peaceful Petals stamp set over the background in Baked Brown Sugar ink. Then I stamped it again on another piece of Very Vanilla paper, colored the flowers with my So Saffron and Wisteria Wonder markers, fussy-cut the flowers with my Paper Snips, and glued them down on top of the original stamp.
To age the strip of So Saffron cardstock, I first wet it a little (just a little water on my fingers), crumpled it up, flattened it back out, and let it dry. After it was dry (I helped it along with my Heat Tool), I tore the edges. I glued the Baked Brown Sugar Ruffle Stretch Trim ribbon to the back of the strip so the ruffle hangs out from underneath the cardstock. Then I glued the yellow strip down to the card. Then I stamped a few So Saffron ink spots on it (overlapping the Very Vanilla background).
I glued down the Gold Sequin Trim and felt a great sense of accomplishment, since I’ve tried using that trim on about fifty cards, and it just didn’t work for me before. Here it finally worked. Next I added the Crochet Trim Ribbon above the sequin trim.
The big purple flower is also from Peaceful Petals. I stamped it three times in Baked Brown Sugar on Wisteria Wonder cardstock. I fussy cut the full flower the first time, then the middle layer, then the center. I used Dimensionals between the layers. Then I added the flower to the card using Dimensionals and the Tombow Liquid Glue. I initially forgot to age the big flower, so I went back later and sponged on some Baked Brown Sugar ink.
I stamped the sentiment from Express Yourself (hostess stamp set) in Wisteria Wonder on Very Vanilla cardstock, then hand-cut the banner. I got the paper a little wet (I liked that this made the ink run a little), crumpled the edges a bit, stamped some So Saffron ink spots on, and glued it to the card.
And then I wrinkled up my nose and decided to remake the same card, but in my wheelhouse pretty style.
For the clean, crisp card, I used the same card base, but I didn’t sponge the edges. For this card, on the Very Vanilla mat, I only stamped the script stamp once, in So Saffron. So it’s much cleaner and not quite so busy. I again stamped the flowers on the mat in Baked Brown Sugar, but instead of stamping them a second time and adding the cut flowers to the mat, I just colored the flowers directly on the mat using my So Saffron marker. I added Pearls to the centers of all the flowers for a big wow factor. Then as an afterthought, I turned the same flower stamp upside down and partially stamped it again. Colored, added pearls.
This time, I glued the Ruffle Stretch Trim ribbon to the front of the yellow cardstock strip, and I added a second stretch of ribbon so I’d have two cute little ruffles. Added sequin trim, crochet ribbon. I didn’t age the purple flower this time, and for the sentiment, I stamped it in yellow for a change, flagged the ends of the banner using my Hexagon punch, and glued it down.
I decided to show you both cards for two reasons. One, I showed my knitting group both cards and asked their opinions on which card I should use for the challenge — and they were split pretty evenly, though I think the clean, crisp card won out in the end. Two, I wanted to show you that you can take the same design and make it in multiple styles and come out with entirely different cards.
So I hope you like at least one of the cards. ;) And I hope you’ll head over to Dynamic Duos and see the lovely cards the design team has for you. Maybe we’ll inspire you to make a card (or two) for the challenge.