Wednesday, May 15, 2013

LUSH LAYERS

This card is all about texture. It simply begs to be touched, doesn't it? And, if you do touch it, it is a veritable tactile adventure.


My Big Shot played a huge role in the creation of this multi-layered beauty. I used Framelits and Embossing Folders. How did I EVER live without that phenomenal machine before it came into my life?  My Big Shot is the most essential tool in my papercrafting arsenal. 


While I love, love, LOVE the texture, I think the true star of this card is the flower. A little time-consuming, this fussy cutting may not be for everyone, but as you already know about me, I adore paper cutting. 

To get the three-dimensional effect in the flower, you need to stamp it four separate times. The first flower you cut is the entire flower. The second flower is simply the outer layer of petals removed. The third layer is comprised of the star-shaped innermost petals, finishing up with the fourth level -- just the button-shaped piece in the very center of the flower. The flower is then put together with a Stampin' Dimensional between each layer.


Each layer of the flower is laid atop its twin on the previous layer. Very easy. Very precise. Very elegant.


The Island Indigo/Naturals Ivory color combination is exquisite. Agreed?

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My Stamp-In attendees created this card in April. If you'd like to give one a try, here's how you'll do it:

Supplies:
Creative Elements stamp set
Itty Bitty Banners stamp set

Naturals Ivory card stock
Island Indigo card stock

Island Indigo ink

Big Shot
Bitty Banners Framelits
Delicate Designs Embossing Folders
Stripes Embossing Folder
Window Frames Collection Framelits
Paper Snips
Basic Pearls
Festive Paper Piercing Pack
Paper Piercing Tool
Stampin' Dimensionals

Instructions:
Fold a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of Naturals Ivory card stock in half, creasing well with a bone folder.

Run the card front through the Big Shot inside the Stripes Embossing Folder. Simply wrap the back of the card underneath the embossing folder while running it through the Big Shot.

Run each of two 1 1/2" x 5" strips of Island Indigo card stock through the Big Shot inside the Delicate Designs Folders, making sure you line the strip inside the folder at the same point for both of them. Otherwise, when laid side by side, the designs won't match.

On a scrap of Naturals Ivory card stock, stamp the flower FOUR TIMES in Island Indigo ink. On the first flower, cut out the whole flower. On the second flower, cut on the second layer of petals, then the third layer of petals, and finally, the circle center. With Stampin' Dimensionals, match up the flower parts and adhere the flower together.

From a piece of Naturals Ivory card stock, use the third smallest of the Window Frames Collection Framelits to cut a frame. Do the same with the second smallest from Island Indigo card stock.

With the appropriate piece from the Festive Paper Piercing Pack, pierce holes all around each of the frames.

Adhere the frames together as in the sample. Then attach the flower to the center. Add a medium Basic Pearl to each of the sides of the largest frame. Adhere this completed focal point to the card with a few Stampin' Dimensionals.

On a scrap of Naturals White card stock, stamp Thank You in Island Indigo ink. Cut out with the Bitty Banners Framelit in the Big Shot. To prevent the Framelit from moving from its spot, stick a Post It Note over the Framelit and stamped image. Adhere to the card front with pieces of Stampin' Dimensionals.

Adhere a thin strip, about 1/8" x 2 1/4", of Island Indigo card stock beneath the embossed piece, leaving a small gap of the ivory background showing through.

If I do succeed in inspiring you -- in planting little seedlings of papercrafting ideas -- I would love it if you would place an order or two (or three??) naming me as your Stampin' Up! demonstrator. 

Smiles.









44 comments:

  1. Love all the texture! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks, Rita! The texture really does make this card, doesn't it? :>)

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  2. What a gorgeous card! All the layers, texture and dimension just make this a total stand out card. Thanks so much for linking up at the Real Family Fun link party! Hope to see you next week.
    KC

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    1. Thank you SO much, KC. What a wonderful comment! :>)

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  3. Just lovely!!! LOVE the colors and texture! Happy to be your newest follower. Hopped over from Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop! Blessings ~ Judy

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    1. Why thank you, Judy, for your sweet words and for becoming a follower! :>)

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  4. A beautiful card! I would definitely be in tactile heaven with this one :)

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    1. Oh my. What a darling thing to say! Thank you! :>)

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  5. Gorgeous! so many dimensions and layers! You are one talented lady!

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    1. Krystie, you are a doll! Thank you! :>)

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  6. That really is a pretty card. Looks like I need the naturals!

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    1. Thanks, Christina! You are a sweetie! :>)

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  7. This is a beautiful card, I love layers on mine as well!!

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  8. What a gorgeous card, love the colors

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  9. Very pretty!! Thanks for linking up at Family Fun Friday at http://happyandblessedhome.com!

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  10. Thanks so much for sharing at A Peek Into Paradise TGIF Link Party.

    I hope you will come party with us next week and see if you were featured! http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/

    Have a great week!

    Hugs! Cathy

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  11. So pretty!!! I love it! It would be so cool if you could join my Link Party on Sundays =D

    Hope you are having a lovely Sunday

    Hugs
    Cami @ TitiCrafty by Camila

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    1. Thanks, Cami! I have started to link up with you! Thanks for the invite! :>)

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  12. Wow, I would love to get a card like that - it's so pretty and unique! Thanks for showing this.

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    1. Thank you, Vickie! What a nice thing to say! :>)

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  13. I love both of your linkups this week - you make such lovely cards :)

    Thanks for linking up!

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! You say such nice things! :>)

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  14. Wow, this is so intricate! The attention to detail and craftsmanship is a great way to say thank you. Beautiful!

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    1. Thank you, Angela! I appreciate your wonderful comment! :>)

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  15. This is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing! Saw you on the Family Fun Friday Link-up. I'd love for you to visit my site. I have some cards on there, but nothing like yours! :)
    Gina (http://ginascraftcorner.blogspot.com/2013/05/how-to-sew-on-cards-tutorial.html)

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    1. Thank you, Gina! I visited your site, and it is charming! :>)

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  16. Oh, this card is so beautiful! You did an amazing job. Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent this week! Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.
    XOXO
    Kathy

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    1. Thank you, Kathy. That is a really nice thing to say! :>)

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  17. Love it! Thanks so much for sharing on The Creative HomeAcre Hop!
    Hope to see you again tomorrow at:
    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/05/thecreativehomeacrehom17.html

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  18. you make the most beautiful cards!! Thanks for linking up to Tasteful Tuesdays and for the link back :o) Can't wait to see what you bring next week. Emily @ Nap-Time Creations
    oh, and I just posted an amazing round-up from last weeks party… stop on over and check it out!

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    1. Thank you, Emily! You are so kind! :>)

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  19. Goodness, this is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing. You will be one of the features tonight at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Pop on in and grab a feature button for your blog. The party will go live tonight. Hope to see you again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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    1. Oh my goodness, thank you so much! Thanks also for featuring the card. I am honored! :>)

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  20. Hi! Your Lush Layers is one of our Featured Posts from our last week's Brag About It! See it tomorrow when you come by to link up! Thanks so much, we really loved this. BeBetsy Link and Hop!

    All the best ~ Sharon and Denise BeBetsy

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    1. Why thank you, Sharon and Denise! I am so honored! :>)

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  21. I absolutely love the blue-ish color of this card! The flower looks incredible! Thanks so much for sharing at last week's All my Bloggy Friends - Linda and I look forward to seeing what you share this week! :)

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