Friday, June 19, 2009

Stamping 411 Saturday Sketch Challenge #104

It's Saturday again and if you're a regular reader of my blog, you now know that it's time for the next Saturday Sketch Challenge on the Stamping 411 Blog.

My card is posted here for you along with measurements and a tutorial. To see what the other 5 members of the design team have created for you, hop on over to the Stamping 411 Blog and click on their cards. It will take you right to their blogs and their tutorials! Then be sure and use the sketch to play along with us. We'd love to see your creations, so be sure to upload them using the Mr. Linky widget. If you post to Splitcoast or elsewhere, be sure to use the sketch #SSC104.

This card started very simply and I kept it that way, very clean lines and soft colors. I began with a card base of Pink Pirouette cardstock. My card is a half sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock cut at 5 1/2" on the 11" side. I folded this piece in half to make a card that measures 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". I used my Bone Folder to give it a good crease.

After folding, I added a hint of a background with my Itty Bitty Backgrounds stamp set. Taking one of the stamps, I stamped all around the card edges with Pink Pirouette ink for the tone on tone look. You could also achieve this with a Versamark inkpad.

Next, I cut my Kiwi Kiss layer at 1 3/4" x 4 1/4". This piece was simply wrapped with a piece of the 1 1/4" Pink Pirouette Grosgrain Ribbon. To adhere it, I used SNAIL adhesive on the back of the Kiwi cardstock then added more SNAIL to the ribbon when I attached it to the front of the card. This keeps it securely in place.

The next layer is Baja Breeze cardstock, cut at 4 1/2" x 3 1/4". I cut my Whisper White cardstock layer at 4 1/4" x 3". To create the stamped focal point image, I used the Kindred Spirits stamp set. I laid the stamp rubber side up on my Grid Paper. Taking my Kiwi Kiss ink pad, I smooshed it all over the stamp, inking the image. I could have used a Brayer and rolled the ink on, but I would have had to get up from my chair and walk across the room to get it. This seemed easier at the time! LOL!

I wanted to dull the color a bit so before I stamped my inked image on the Whisper White cardstock, I folded my Grid Paper over it and removed some of the ink from the rubber. Then I picked up the stamp and placed it on the cardstock, transferring the image. (Sounds fancy, huh?)

Anyway, to create the pretty Butterfly, I took two pieces of Candy Lane Designer Series Paper cut at 2 1/2" x 2" and ran them through my Big Shot with the Beautiful Butterflies Die. One of the butterflies was attached to the card front with SNAIL adhesive. For the top one, I punched a hole with my 1/16" Hole Punch and added the brad from the Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware kit. To attach it to the card, I used a Stampin' Dimensional to give it height. I then attached the Whisper White layer to the Baja Breeze cardstock.

The last piece was the greeting. I used words from the Happy Everything stamp set and stamped them in Baja Breeze ink on Whisper White cardstock. This was cut out and attached to the back of the label frame - also from the Vanilla Hodgepodge kit - with Mini Glue Dots. I then positioned it onto the stamped leaves image and punched two holes with my Paper Piercing Tool, going through both cardstock layers. The brads were added to secure the label frame in place and then I popped the whole Baja Breeze layer up on Stampin' Dimensionals - one in each corner - and secured it to the folded card front.

This was a really simple card to create, but with the addition of ribbon and hardware, looks a lot more substantial. And isn't that the idea? Create something beautiful with no muss or fuss. I love how this one turned out and I hope you do too! I'd love to hear from you so leave me a comment to let me know you've stopped by!

Happy Saturday everyone!


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  1. This is stunning Robin! I love the ribbon! So pretty!

  2. So pretty Robin. I would never have thought to use these colors together and just love it. I'll be trying it soon. Thanks for the inspiration.


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