Sometimes I like to keep things simple and forgo all the mats and layers. That’s good in theory, but sometimes I find that everything kind of disappears into the background. That’s exactly what happened with my sentiment this morning until I decided to add inked edges for contrast.
TIN TILE BACKGROUND
This project all started when I thought it was time to bring out the Tin Tile Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I dampened a layer of Very Vanilla Card with clean water using a Stampin’ Spritzer and placed it inside the embossing folder. Next I put the folder on the multipurpose platform with a cutting pad on top and ran it through the Big Shot. Then I ran it back through in the opposite direction. I removed the card from the folder and set to aside to dry.
A little while ago I filmed a video explaining how to get the best results with embossing folders, especially the new Dynamic ones. Here’s the video in case you missed it or want a refresher.
Next came the card base, a piece of Thick Very Vanilla Card that I cut and scored using my Stampin’ Trimmer. I folded the card along the scored line and then sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder.
INKED EDGES FOR CONTRAST
The ‘Wishing you all the best’ sentiment comes from the First Frost Stamp Set. I stamped it onto a piece of Thick Very Vanilla Card using Berry Burst ink. Then I punched it out using the Tailored Tag Punch.
I began assembling my project using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) to attach the embossed layer to the front of the card base.
Then as I was deciding where to place the sentiment I realised that it was had to see the edges. I could have hand cut a mat to put under the sentiment, but I didn’t want a whole lot of colour. What to do?
In the end I decided on a really simple solution. My sentiment would have inked edges.
I held the sentiment vertically and gently pressed the edge of the card onto the Berry Burst ink pad. Then I moved the card in my hand and pressed the next edge onto the ink pad. I repeated this process for all 6 sides of the sentiment and then did them all again.
The result was a very fine line of ink around the edge of the piece, much neater that I’d have got with a sponge. I also didn’t need to get out any special tools to achieve the effect.
Now I was happier with the sentiment I cut a short length of Berry Burst 3/8″ Metallic-Edge Ribbon. I folded the ribbon in half and used a Mini Glue Dot to hold it together. Then I used another Mini Glue Dot to attach it to the back of the sentiment. Finally I added the sentiment to the background layer with some Stampin’ Dimensionals.
To complete the project all I had to do was finish the inside of the card and the envelope.
I really liked the delicate inked edges on the sentiment and decided to use that as my coordinating feature.
I took a layer of Very Vanilla Card and the Berry Burst ink pad and, using the same process as before, added inked edges. Then I fixed the layer inside the card base with liquid glue.
Finally I added inked edges just around the flap of a Very Vanilla Medium Envelope and I was done.
Did you realise that not everything in the Stampin’ Up! 2019 Holiday Catalogue has retired? There’s quite a long list of items that will continue to be available for at least the next few months. The First Frost Stamp Set that I used today is one of them.
I’m having great fun playing in my craft studio and I hope you’re enjoying the projects I create. If there’s something specific you’d like to see, just let me know.Product List