It’s the little things…

Hidey Ho Happy Stampers!

Did you ever have one of those days when things just seemed to flow on from one another? I designed the card we made at last night’s Technique Tuesday class (which was Collage Stamping, by the way – one of my favourites!) with someone special in mind. I wanted it to have a sort of Parisian shabby chic sensibility to it, because I know she’s counting down the days to going on another special trip, and I wanted to send a card this week that sort of went with that feeling – a ‘you’ll get there’ type of card.

Then, this morning when I checked out Shelli Gardner’s blog, her challenge this month was for ‘Thinking of You’ type cards. I think this card fits the bill perfectly – it was made using all my favourite SU! Stamp sets, and I was definitely thinking about the person when I made it. I’m quite pleased with the way it turned out – I hope you like it too!

  • Stamp Sets: Style Beautiful, Nature Walk, Vintage Vogue, French Foliage, You’re a Gem
  • Inks: Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride, Rich Razzleberry, Early Espresso
  • Cardstock: Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Rich Razzleberry
  • DSP: Subtles Stack
  • Accessories: Crochet Trim, 1″ Circle Punch, Sticky Strip, Frost White Shimmer Paint, Distressing Essentials Kit
  • Non-SU items: teabag

What did I do with the teabag you ask? I decided my crochet trim looked a little bit ‘pure’ next to the rest of the card, so I plopped it into a good strong cup of black tea and let it soak for a while, and then dried it off with my heat tool. The girls at my Technique Class used Rose with French Vanilla tea to dye their trim, so their cards smelt as fabulous as they looked!

The little rosette is quite easy to make – punch a 1″ circle, and cover it with Sticky Strip, then begin pleating your DSP around the edge of it. When you get back to the beginning, use your Tombow Glue to tuck the end underneath the first pleat. Then cover up the middle of your rosette with another stamped circle. I find it easier to work with the DSP if it’s damp, so I sprayed it with a mixture of Frost White Shimmer Paint and rubbing alcohol that I’d mixed together in a spray bottle. When it dries, it’s more likely to stay in the pleated shape, and it has a lovely subtle sheen to it.

Thanks for taking a peek today – I’m off to take my card to the post office! Remember, a hand made card is like a hug with a fold in the middle – why don’t you send one off to a friend today!



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