Saturday, 30 December 2017

Congratulations Wedding Card

Hello, Crafters.

Unfortunately, my video featuring Stampin' Spots won't be ready for posting on tomorrow as I'd hoped!

Although I'm pleased with how it's developing, I don't have time to fine tune it without cutting corners....and that's not me! 

I'm going to make another card like today's card and if it works out, I'll video it for tomorrow! Fingers crossed!

Yesterday, I had a play with the three step stamping stamp set called Amazing Congratulations that's in the new Spring/Summer catalogue (page 51). 

My first three attempts at choosing a suitable colour combo were disappointing, and this was mainly because I was putting a colour that was too dark for the light colour I was using - Fresh Fig and Blushing Bride.

I wanted to use a dark colour (Basic Grey) for the outline stamp, but found the lighter colour (Smokey Slate) was better.

I recommend when first using this stamp, you practice on scrap paper! I wasted a lot of paper while I was practising, but as it was scrap, I wasn't unduly bothered about it!

Once I had nailed it, I loved the colours and how they blended together. I wanted Blushing Bride to be one of the colours because I had decided to use the Bundle of Love Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP). 

My final colours are Smokey Slate, Blushing Bride and Wisteria Wonder, and I think they have all gone together brilliantly .

I started my card with a base of Smokey Slate Cardstock (CS), a layer of Very Vanilla CS, and a top layer of Bundle of Love Specialty DSP. 

I took a two inch strip of Very Vanilla CS which was the width of the card base, and stamped the outline stamp using Smokey Slate Ink. 

The easiest way to get the stamps onto the Clear Block I is to lay the stamp on the cardstock exactly where I wanted to stamp, and put Clear Block on top of it.

I also made sure my clear block was parallel to one of the lines on my Grid Paper making sure it was straight.

This is one of the stamp sets that's going to come into its own with the Stamparatus. At the moment, I only have one of these large Clear Blocks so I have to clean the stamps as I go along, remove from the block, and get the next stamp ready.

(Please don't forget that tomorrow morning the Pre-order Offer for the Stamparatus will close at 7:50 CET/6:50 a.m. GMT).  

The next stamp I used was the one that starts with the letter c and ends with the letter s, and I laid it down on the outline I'd already stamped. 

I could have just laid it straight onto the block, but I was concerned that, as it was such a long stamp, I may not put it on the block straight. Also, laying it down like this is exactly how it'll be done with the Stamparatus! 

For the second stamp I used Wisteria Wonder, and Blushing Bride for the third Stamp.

I added the sentiment using Smokey Slate ink, and then decorated around the Congratulations using the little cluster of hearts stamp in Blushing Bride and Wisteria Wonder Ink.

I layered this onto a strip of Smokey Slate CS, and adhered it to the front of the card using Dimensionals. 

To finish the front of the card, I adhered three of the Petal Passion Embellishments available in the new catalogue (page 23). I used Tombow to adhere them, but you could use Dimensionals or Glue Dots - I prefer mine not to move!

For the inside of my card, I decorated along the bottom of a Very Vanilla CS layer with the hearts cluster stamp using Blushing Bride and Wisteria Wonder Ink. I adhered this to the Smokey Grey CS card base.
The last three photographs show two attempts I didn't like, but didn't get thrown in the bin!

They both have the dark Basic Grey outline which I think detracts from the colouring of the letters. The first one was coloured with Blushing Bride and Smokey Slate, and the second one was Blushing Bride with Fresh Fig.  

I hope you have a lovely relaxing weekend, and until tomorrow, happy crafting.


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