Although it's not quite apparent in these photos, the colors in this card are actually a brushed copper and Night of Navy.
When the Decorated With Happiness stamp set arrived in the latest Mini Catalog, I found myself immediately smitten. When joined up with the coordinating dies, Decorated Pine Dies, in my eyes, this was a sure winning combination.
Apparently Stampin' Up! customers and demonstrators didn't have the same warm feelings for these pieces as I do, because it is all going the way of retirement! I am bereft. Well, I guess it will be more of those things that I fell in love with and will never fall out of love with, because -- I plan on using it all forever and ever.
The following photo shows the beautiful colors better than the other two.
On Night of Navy cardstock, I embossed the thrree ornaments in copper embossing powder. I also cut the <long retired> word from the same beautiful cardstock I used for the card base. I just happened to have some coppery stars in my stash that I'd gotten on the Clearance Rack, and they were so perfect to finish the card off. Oh! And the pretty copper stars on navy was a piece of Specialty Designer Series Paper from last year.
Here's how to pull together a card like this one:
Night of Navy cardstock
Brushed copper cardstock
Specialty Designer Series Paper
Decorated With Happiness stamp set (Page 27, Mini Catalog -- grab it before it's retired!)
Die Cutting/Embossing Machine
Christmas Greetings Thinlits Dies (retired)
Copper Embossing Powder
Copper Adhesive-Backed Stars
Fold a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of brushed copper cardstock in half, creasing it CAREFULLY with a bone folder.
Cut a piece of Night of Navy cardstock to 2 1/4" x 5". Rub an Embossing Buddy well over the whole piece. In VersaMark ink, stamp the three ornaments from the Decorated With Happiness stamp set, evenly spaced. With copper embossing powder, emboss the ornaments. Adhere this embossed piece to the copper card base, leaving even margins at the top and the sides.
Cut a piece of the Specialty Designer Series Paper to 1 1/4" x 5". Adhere this to the card base, leaving an equal margin at the bottom as the piece on top.
From the same copper cardstock, die cut the word "peace", using the retired Stampin' Up! die set. Use glue sparingly on the back of the word and add it centered on the starry DSP piece.
Add three adhesive-backed copper stars to the top portion around the ornaments.
Saying no can be the ultimate self-care.
- Claudia Black -