Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Elegant Bouquet Meets Paper Lace

And it's a lovely marriage, don't you think?
Back in January, my good friend Jan McClurg taught us how to not only make beautiful paper lace, she turned it into gorgeous flowers too! When I was creating this card for a recent event, I was so glad I learned this technique because it is the perfect accent for this card!

This entire card is really pretty simple to complete and the best part is that it uses just one stamp - the a la carte image called "Three Leaves". I colored the leaves with Daffodil Delight ink and the greeting with Early Espresso. I did use the 1" square Stampin' Spots which make it easy to ink up a small image. It was stamped onto Whisper White cardstock and punched out with the 1 3/4" Circle Punch. I layered it on a piece of Old Olive cardstock that had been punched out with the Large Scallop Punch. It's mounted on two Stampin' Dimensionals over a length of Old Olive 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon wrapped around the dry embossed Daffodil Delight layer.

Do you see the color contrast on the embossing? Well, that's because after I used my Elegant Bouquet embossing folder and my Big Shot to make it, I sponged some Daffodil Delight ink over the raised areas, making them pop out a bit from the background. It's a really simple technique!

Now, check out the paper lace!

All I did was take a piece of Whisper White cardstock 1 1/2" x 11 " and punch the entire length of it with the Eyelet Border punch. Next, I ran it through my Crimper several times to break down the fibers in the paper making it malleable. I sponged the scalloped edge slightly with Daffodil Delight ink and then simply gathered and scrunched it along the Daffodil Delight cardstock layer on a piece of Sticky Strip that I'd attached earlier. It's so, so easy - you have to try it!
Tell you what - if you attend either of my Just Cards Classes this month, you can do just that and I'll be here with you to walk you through it! Be sure to register with me though to make sure there is space for you! You'll make 5 beautiful cards for just $15 and that includes all your supplies - just come ready to have a great time!

And for those of you who can't come, you CAN purchase everything you need to make this project on my Stampin' Up! website! It's open 24/7 for your convenience and for everyone that places an online order this month, I'm sending you a special handmade Thank You card!

So glad you stopped by today - be sure to check back tomorrow for the UDI Blog Inspiration Challenge!
Stamped blessings,

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