For example, in this card, I began with Naturals White card stock. (Please note that both sides of the card are of equal color intensity. The sun was just shining more strongly on the right side.)
By embossing the vine-like flowers in Clear Embossing Powder and then sponging ink over them, the only way you can tell that I didn't start with Soft Suede paper is that the white of the paper shows through the embossing. If you wanted more of the white card stock to show, you could sponge more lightly and sporadically. I chose to sponge with a fairly heavy hand, especially on
the edges. By sponging heavily, it allows the flowers to show up in more stark contrast. Sponging the edge of the oval unites the look of the sponging overall.
Making this into a gatefold card introduces more interest in that the central oval of flowers becomes even a bit more important and somewhat interactive.
And, by cutting out two of the flowers and popping them up over their flat-stamped counterparts, it adds more dimension. A little more interest comes through in the centers of the flowers via stamping, rather than just leaving the circles a flat brown. Read on to discover how this can be accomplished.
I am saddened that this exquisite stamp set, Vintage Vogue, is another one that has taken off
to the Retirement Kingdom of Stampin' Up! beauties. But as always, Stampin' Up! has replaced it with a plethora of other gorgeous sets that would work admirably as a substitute in making this card. Some examples are Tea Shoppe (page 57), Betsy's Blossoms (page 72), Fruit and Flowers (page 82), Everything Eleanor (page 112), Bordering on Romance (page 120), Creative Elements (page 126), or Secret Garden (page 17 in the Spring Catalog). Take my ideas as your jumping-off point. I am just attempting to plant those little paper seedlings! Use your imagination!
Vintage Vogue stamp set (retired)
Teeny Tiny Wishes (page 133)
Naturals White card stock
Soft Suede card stock
Soft Suede ink
Dusty Durango (or Cajun Craze) ink
Old Olive ink
1/4" Circle Punch
1/2" Circle Punch
Clear Embossing Powder
Score a 4 1/4" x 11" piece of Naturals White card stock at 2 3/4" and 8 1/4" on the Simply Scored. Crease on the score lines to create a gatefold card.
After rubbing the paper well with the Embossing Buddy, stamp vines around the edges of both sides of the gatefold in VersaMark. Sprinkle with Clear Embossing Powder and emboss with the Heat Tool.
With a Stamping Sponge in Soft Suede ink, sponge around the flowers until it is the darkness you desire. Wipe any excess ink off the flowers with tissue. Sponge the edges of the card with extra ink.
On an oval created from Naturals White card stock, stamp the flower images in Dusty Durango
(or Cajun Craze). Add leaves as desired in Old Olive ink. On a scrap of Naturals White paper, stamp the large flower and one small flower. Carefully cut them out. With a Stampin' Dimensional in the center of the large flower, adhere it directly on top of the flat stamped flower. Repeat with the smaller flower, except use just a piece of Stampin' Dimensional from the edge of the sheet.
On a scrap of Soft Suede paper, use Soft Suede ink to stamp a large flower. Randomly from this stamped portion, punch one 1/2" circle and two 1/4" circles. With small drips of Tombow Multipurpose Adhesive on the dots, adhere them to the centers of the flowers.
Sponge edges of the oval in Soft Suede ink.
Use two Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere the oval to the left side of the gatefold.