Before I get started with my blog post for today, I need to make an announcement. As promised in my last post about my 5-Year Blogiversary, a winner has been randomly chosen by my unbiased husband. And the winner of the set of four cards is ANGIE CHURCH! Angie, please contact me with all your pertinent information so I can get your prize out to you. CONGRATULATIONS, ANGIE!
A new product in the annual Stampin' Up! catalog is Embossing Paste (page 201) and its accompanying accessories, Pattern Party Decorative Masks and the Palette Knives, also pictured on page 201.
Being a mixed media type of girl, I was anxious to get my hands on all of these products. To introduce this new item to my Stamp-In girls, I created a card that features it:
Borrowing stamps from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous set on page 77,
I was able to add even more fun with the spotty balloon and
the awesome birthday greeting.
I used the diamond-shaped mask for my dimensional background.
I was not at all careful or precise about my application of the Embossing Paste.
This was totally planned. Really.
I wanted it to blend in with my "confetti", so I did want any regularity at all.
The rest of my confetti came from the dots and circles in
the Playful Backgrounds set on page 150.
Tying baker's twine to the balloon adds a lot of realism, right?
Stampin' Dimensionals also add to the dimensional look of the card,
along with the Embossing Paste.
It's just such a fun and lively card, it is sure to make the recipient smile.
Would you like a tutorial on how to re-create this card? Just catch the supplies list and instructions that follow.
THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO REMEMBER WHEN USING EMBOSSING PASTE IS THAT IMMEDIATELY AFTER YOU FINISH WITH IT, USE WARM WATER TO CLEAN THE PALETTE KNIFE AS WELL AS THE STENCIL. IF IT'S NOT COMPLETELY REMOVED, IT WILL HARDEN AND RUIN THE TOOLS.
Blushing Bride cardstock
Calypso Coral cardstock
Whisper White cardstock
Playful Backgrounds stamp set (page 150)
Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set (page 77)
Calypso Coral ink
Real Red ink
Stitched Shapes dies
Embossing Paste (page 201)
Pattern Party Decorative Masks (page 201)
Palette Knives (page 201)
Fold a 4 1/4" x 11" piece of Blushing Bride cardstock in half, creasing it well with a bone folder.
You will be building a background base on a piece of Blushing Bride cardstock that measures 4" x 5 1/4". Randomly stamp the open circles in Calypso Coral, followed by the solid circles in Real Red.
Now, you will be adding the texture: Lay the diamond mask over the cardstock. With one of the palette knives, gently scrape small amounts of the Embossing Paste through the mask in random places. You don't want to actually build up a pattern; this is just to add some interest and dimension randomly.
IMPORTANT: As soon as you finish the previous step, wash off your tools with warm water!
Hit the Embossing Paste briefly with the Heat Tool. Set this aside to dry completely while you finish the rest of the card pieces. The Embossing Paste really does dry quite quickly.
On a medium-sized Whisper White Stitched Shapes oval, stamp the sentiment in the center. First stamp it in Calypso Coral. Clean the stamp and ink it up with Real Red ink. Since this is a clear stamp, visually align the stamp over the first image, but moving it JUST SLIGHTLY to the right, and stamp, to give the sentiment a shadow effect.
Glue this piece to the largest Stitched Shapes oval, cut from Calypso Coral.
On a scrap of Whisper White cardstock, stamp the dotty balloon in Real Red. If you have the balloon punch, use that to punch it out. Since I don't own it, I fussy cut my balloon leaving a fine white edge around the balloon shape.
From Blushing Bride Baker's Twine, tie a small bow, and glue it to the bottom of the balloon. Tape one end of a small length of the same Baker's Twine to the back of the balloon.
Put the card together: Use Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere the confetti layer to the card base. With Stampin' Dimensionals, pop up the oval piece against the confetti backdrop. A Dimensional will finish it off with the balloon being added to its spot. Add a drop of glue to the bottom of the balloon string to secure it to the card.