Sunday, July 19, 2009

Cardmaker in Paradise - Finishing the Unfinished

After a very busy few days it's nice to sit down and do some creating. I reached into my unfinished box again and found a bunch of dry embossed card fronts and 5 1/2" by 4 1/4" card bases. Since I love the dry embossed look so much I was immediately inspired to finish these cards. The colors were sorbet and tulip so I went to my handy dandy paper supply and grabbed my Key to my Heart paper which uses both of these colors.

To start off you will need some colonial white cardstock, cut it 8 1/2" by 5 1/2" and score it at the 4 1/4" mark and fold in half. Cut sorbet and tulip paper 5 1/2" by 4 1/4" and take your dry embossing tool and trimmer out. Lay your paper on your trimmer about an inch over, draw your dry embossing tool down the groove trimmer, not pushing down too hard, just making a line. Move the paper over an inch and do it again. Once you are finished with that side, rotate it and do it again. Sand the paper on the raised side so it looks like the picture below.

Take out some of the Key to my Heart pattern paper, cut it 3 1/2" by 3 3/4". Cut some juniper cardstock 3 3/4" by 4". Cut a piece of colonial white cardstock 1 1/2" by 1 1/2" and a piece of juniper paper 1 3/4" by 1 3/4." Cut another colonial white 3 3/4 by 1/2", and cut another piece of juniper 3 3/4 x 1 1/2". Distress everything with a foam tool and tulip ink.

You'll need these ink colors: tulip, creme brulee and sorbet. If you want to make your flowers different colors than I used, juniper also goes with this palette.

You'll also need the Extreme Happiness stamp set (oh, I love this set).

Take the 3 3/4" by 1 1/2" piece of juniper cardstock and punch a ruffled edge on it if you like. Distress the ruffle.

On the smallest piece of cardstock, stamp the "Paradise" saying.

Attach the saying to the ruffled paper with the ruffles facing up.

Glue the patterned paper on the large juniper cardstock.

Take the large flower stamp, ink it with creme brulee and then roll the edges of the flower in tulip, this makes the flower have a lot of depth. Stamp it on the square colonial white cardstock then glue it on the juniper square.

Take the center stamp, ink it in tulip then carefully put it in the middle of the flower, doesn't have to be perfect.

Finally use sorbet ink on the stamin stamp and center it in the middle of your flower.

Glue the large square in the middle of your card front.

Attach the flower embellishment on the left hand side about an inch down from the top and 1/4 inch from the left.

Add the ruffled strip just barely up from the bottom, 1/4" from the right.

Add three sparkles on the right hand side and you are done! Easy and pretty!

So there you go, another unfinished project done! How about you?

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing! Your card is beautiful and this is one of my very favorite stamp sets!!