Thursday, March 19, 2009

Life is a Beautiful Thing.

This card might look a little challenging, but you would be so surprised as to how easy it actually was to make. The card design is from the Split Coast Layout Challenge SC220.

What gives this card its intricate look is the new Textured Impressions Die- Manhattan Flower. This die coordinates beautifully with so many SU products, including the Urban Oasis designer series paper used in this project. To create this look with the die, I ran Whisper White card stock in the embossing folder through my Big Shot. Within seconds I had a gorgeous design on my card. TIP: The embossed card stock would look beautiful as is (it fits perfectly on the front of an A2 card). It will result in a simple, yet very elegant look. I felt like experimenting today, so I decided to add some color. The easiest way I found to do this was to squeeze my closed Baja Breeze and Kiwi Kiss Ink Pads, so that when opened there was a pool of ink in the lid. I was then able to use a blender pen to pick up the color and apply it exactly where I wanted it on my flowers. TIP: Once the card stock is embossed it is perfectly exceptable to use whichever side you would like for your design. Each side offers a slightly different look. For my design, I choose to use the indented side. Meaning that the petals of the flowers were raised and the outline of them was pressed inward. Does that make sense? I felt like the top right corner needed something, and 3 light blue rhinestone brads did just the trick. A piece of Whisper White Taffeta ribbon was wrapped around it leaving two long tails on the left side. These were later tied once the sentiment was added. Finally it was adhered to the base with Stampin' Dimensionals.

The base of the card is Baja Breeze, followed by Whisper White, finally 1 1/2" strips of alternating Urban Oasis Designer Series Paper was evenly spaced on the white.

The sentiment is from A Beautiful Life. It is inked in Baja Breeze onto Whisper White. A ticket corner punch cut out the corners, and it was layered onto Baja Breeze (also punched with the ticket corner). Lastly, the Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon was tied in a bow next to the sentiment.

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Recipe for today's card:

Stamp Set: A Beautiful Thing (113618)
Paper: Urban Oasis Designer Series Paper (113978), Whisper White (100730), Baja Breeze (111352), Kiwi Kiss (111353)
Ink: Baja Breeze (111833), Kiwi Kiss (111835)
Accessories: Circle Ice Rhinestone Brads (109111), Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon (109070), Ticket Corner Punch (107214), Textured Impressions Die Manhattan Flower (114517), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Blender Pens (102845)


Pam S. said...

very pretty! I'm going to order this folder!
thanks for inspiring!

Patti said...

EXcellent and elegant card, Carrie!

Kris Kilcoyne said...

Absolutely STUNNING, Carrie!

What a great job on the sketch, too.

Denise said...

This is beautiful!! I will definitely have to add this to my next order.

Mary Fish said...

I'm sitting here with my mouth open in total awe. Love what you did with the color on the embossed folder. Excellent take on the sketch (nice link to the order button) Wow!!! Hugs, Mary

Caryl P said...

This card is so elegant. Thanks for sharing the trick with the blender pens--I'll have to try that!

scrappinstephanie said...

Hey "Pal", this is gorgeous! Good job! Stephanie

Amanda said...

This card is just incredible! Can't wait to see more of your work! x Amanda

Tiffany said...

Gorgeous card! I need this folder I think. Love your coloring too!

Kim said...

Beautiful card Carrie!

Grace said...

You did a great job on this card. It's classy! Love your blog!