Friday, July 02, 2010

Four Ways Friday #12 - Because I Care Hostess Set

Happy New Catalog!!!!  In honor of the new catalog, I decided to feature the new Because I Care hostess set in this week's Four Ways Friday!  I hope you like it!
This first card uses the flower image and greeting from the stamp set in a very traditional way.  I used my cherry cobbler and old olive markers to color the stamp and then stamped onto Whisper White card stock.  I cut the image out using my hobby knife and then used a bit of 2-way glue to add some dazzling diamonds to the flower.  The background paper was made using my new gesso technique (I'm going to try to upload a video this weekend so you can see how it was made).  I stamped the Artistic Etchings image onto Sahara Sand card stock with gesso and then used a sponge and stipple brush to add some Cherry Cobbler ink (I am loving this new color!).  I also sponged the edges and gave a final spray with shimmer paint mixed with alcohol.  I then adhered the background to a Baja Breeze card and added another layer of Baja Breeze with two rounded corners for my focal image.  I popped the cut out flower onto dimensionals and stamped the greeting in Basic Gray.
For this second card, I stamped the flower image onto Whisper White card stock using Jet Black Staz-On ink.  I then cut the Whisper White card stock into 1" squares, popped those squares up, using dimensionals, onto a piece of Basic Gray card stock and then adhered it to a Whisper White card base.  I used my curly label punch to punch a piece of Basic Gray card stock.  The greeting was stamped in Basic Gray ink and comes from the In A Word stamp set in the Summer mini.  I then punched it out using my oval punch and sponged the edges with Basic Gray ink.  I popped it up on dimensionals and attached it to the curly label punch.  Finally, I stamped the small flower from the Because I Care set and punched it out using my 3/4" circle punch.  It was popped up onto 1/2 a dimensional.  A little bit of 2-way glue on both flowers, with a touch of dazzling diamonds, finishes the look.
Remember, your stamp images don't have to only live as the image itself!  Here, I stamped the flower image onto Whisper White card stock using Jet Black Staz-On ink.  I then took my Butterfly Extra Large punch and punched out 3 butterflies from the flower!  I then sponged over the butterflies with a variety of ink colors (Rich Razzleberry, Pretty In Pink, and Perfect Plum).  I stamped the greeting onto one of the butterflies, over the stamping and sponging.  The background was creating using one image from the Elements of Style stamp set, stamped in Baja Breeze.  I also used the small flower from Because I Care and stamped that at 1/2 strength with Perfect Plum.  Finally, I rolled the background with the Vintage Vogue wheel using Certainly Celery ink.  A small piece of Pear Pizazz card stock was punched with the Scallop Trim Border punch.  I scrunched the card stock in my hand to give it a distressed look and tore the right-hand side.  I then stamped a few images onto the card stock in Baja Breeze at 1/2 strength.  Finally, I sprayed the card stock with Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz (this stuff is addictive!).  I used my horizontal slot punch to punch a hole on the left-hand side of the card stock (I'm so sorry this punch has retired, although I'm sure you can make the card look the same using a small circle punch).  I thread a piece of Rich Razzleberry dotted ribbon through the hole and adhered it on the back of the card stock using snail.  I love using my craft and rubber scissors to cut the "arms" off of my rhinestone brads and then I use a glue dot to adhere them to the card.  The on board chipboard frame was sponged with Whisper White craft ink, allowed to dry, and then sponged with Baja Breeze classic ink.  I sprayed the frame with a little Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz too :)  Finally, I gave the butterflies a little spray with the Smooch Spritz (I told you it is addictive!) and then attached them to the front of the card using dimensionals.
Cards aren't the only place to use your stamps!  I decided to make a small sign to put up in my house using this beautiful flower!  I covered a white chipboard coaster with Whisper White card stock and then stamped the flower image onto the card stock using Jet Black Staz-On ink.  I then colored the image in with my Pear Pizazz and Blushing Bride markers (I am loving these new In Colors!).  I then covered the flower image with Crystal Effects and sprinkled it with a bit of dazzling diamonds (another one of the addictive products!).  I stamped the greeting from Define Your Life in Pear Pizazz ink and then stamped it again in Basic Gray so that I could cut out the word "kindness" and pop it up with pieces of dimensionals.  I layered it onto Pear Pizazz card stock.  I cut a larger piece of chipboard and covered the back with Basic Gray card stock and the front with a layer of Pear Pizazz and then Basic Gray card stock.  You'll notice that I rounded all the edges.  The round the chipboard edges I used a corner rounder that is not by SU! since our corner rounder is only meant to be used on card stock.  Finally, I built an embellishment, beginning with a Basic Gray circle and adding a jumbo grommet, a small button and a pink rhinestone (I cut the prongs off of the rhinestone with my craft and rubber scissors).  This embellishment was added to the sign using dimensionals as was the greeting.  Oops - I almost forgot - before I adhered the Basic Gray card stock to the back of the sign, I adhered a piece of Certainly Celery 1/4" grosgrain ribbon using snail to the back of the sign! :)

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1 comment:

marilynprestonn said...

Michelle it was so good to hear from you. Missed you...talking about a new book huh. I will see if I can get it at my library, thanks alot for sharing your find.

Now as for these gorgeous cards, hydrangeas are gorgeous and making butterflies with them, so clever my friend.

I love your inspiration.

Kindly, Peggy