Friday, July 10, 2009

Stamping 411 - Saturday Sketch Challenge #SSC107

Good morning Stampers! Welcome to the Stamping 411 Saturday Sketch Challenge. I hope you'll play along with me and the other Design Team Operators this week!

The sketch this week appears to be super simple - and really it is, but there is a twist in the measurements.

My card base of Shimmer White cardstock is a half sheet of 8 1/2" x 11" so it measures 5 1/2" x 8 1/2". When folded in half, it makes a card measuring 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".

My next layer is Basic Black cardstock, cut at 3 3/4" x 5".

The top layer (which I'll explain how I made in a minute) is a piece of Shimmer White cardstock cut at 3 5/8" x 4 7/8". This gives you just a 1/16" border of black around the layer to make it POP!

To create the gorgeous color and texture on the top layer, I used my NEW Finial Press Textured Impressions Embossing Folder for the Big Shot. Opening up the plastic folder, I used my Brayer to roll that luscious Bermuda Bay ink onto the debossed side of the folder. (This is the side that does not have the raised images.) I laid my piece of Shimmer White cardstock onto the uninked side of the folder and closed the folder, then ran it through my Big Shot with the proper "sandwich" of cutting pads and platform. Tab #1 of your platform has a graphic of the proper layers.

When the cardstock came out, the Bermuda Bay ink had transferred to the top surface of the cardstock but the raised images remained shimmery white! Very cool in real life. I then used SNAIL adhesive to attach this layer to the Basic Black cardstock.

For my ribbon, I cut a piece of White Taffeta at 6 1/2". This was attached to the back of the Black cardstock on both sides with a bit of SNAIL as well. I then cut another piece of the ribbon at 4 1/2" and tied it in a single knot to the front. The ends were trimmed up to make it neat.

To create the greeting, I took the NEW stamp set Teeny Tiny Wishes and stamped the "For the Newlyweds" greeting in Bermuda Bay ink on a Shimmer White scrap. This was then punched out with the NEW Modern Label punch.

For the Basic Black layer, I used my NEW Movers and Shapers Punch Windows and the Movers and Shapers Bigz XL Die to cut out the shape. The intent of this die is to make a whole card with a window in the front, but I was able to just use a piece of Black scrap to make just the label layer piece. These pieces were SNAILed together and then mounted on Stampin' Dimensionals to pop it up above the ribbon for extra height. The entire stamped and embellished piece was then mounted with more Stampin' Dimensionals to the folded card base so it really stands out.

To add a little somethin' to the inside card, I took one of the swirl stamps from the NEW Wedding Sweet stamp set and stamped it a few times in the lower left inside corner with more Bermuda Bay ink.

I really love how this card turned out and the best part is that I already have someone to send it too!

Please take a minute to check out all the other Stamping 411 Operators creations by visiting the Stamping 411 blog. They have made some beauties and you'll find that some of us were a bit on the same wavelength! It's kind of funny because we do not collaborate week to week, but we sometimes just think in the same ways - Great minds, you know! LOL!

Have a great weekend and please play along with us this week and upload a photo of your creation to Mr. Linky at this post here. We love to see your work and you may end up on our Stampers Showcase next Thursday!



  1. Robin,
    I love this card!!!! Beautiful and Elegant in every way. I'll be casing this one now that I have to buy this embossing folder!!!

  2. Very pretty and so elegant! I love the color combo. I need to try this technique as the results look so nice.

  3. This turned out fabulous, Robin! I'll definitely be giving this a try soon.

  4. This is stunning Robin! I love the new texture plates! Amazing job!

  5. Love this technique and what a fabulous card! I can't wait to get this folder and try it. Thanks for the inspiration!


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