Oh I’m so excited about this card. I finally finished it after much mucking around – that is, me accidentally flicking ink into it, ripping the embossed cardstock while trimming it down to size and all sorts of other things.
So this is an engagement card I but of course would work perfectly as a wedding card too. I’ve stamped the couple’s initials as the centrepiece instead of a sentiment – another great reason to have a few alphabet stamps on hand! I’ve photographed a few steps from this card for you.
You can’t see all the shimmer on this card so I’ll explain what I did: I dropped a few drops of Crumb Cake ink – that’s the little ink bottles you use to reink your inkpads, onto an old plastic lid and added a few drops of Champagne Mist Paint and mixed them up. I then picked up the ink with a sponge dauber and applied it to the rubber then stamped onto the cardstock. That same dauber was then used to run around the edges of the cardstock that I stamped on (before adding the pearls just to define the edges) and also used on the beautiful die-cut in the background. Did you notice that lovely shape the main image layered on to? That’s the new Stampin’ Up! Framelits available now. I’ll have more ideas using this gorgeous shape coming up in future blog posts.
So back to the card… the background is embossed with the Big Shot and then I applied shimmer to the raised areas with Frost White shimmer paint and a sponge dauber.
Now do you see that ribbon charm I used? I’m feeling pretty pleased with myself over that! Okay, feeling very clever! LOL. I knew that I wanted to use some rhinestones with the velvet ribbon to make it look a bit like a luxurious belt was wasn’t sure how. Then I got it! Oooh I was so excited :D So this is how I did it:
I punched out a small circle from a Window Sheet then placed the punch of a larger circle over the hole and punched that in order to get a clear ring.
I then cut a little strip of the Window Sheet and glued it to the centre of the circle with a little dot of Tombow Multipurpose Glue. Now I have my bare ribbon charm! The last part was to just add some rhinestones to decorate it.
And here’s a close up for you so you can see the shimmer on the background and edges of the cardstock better, along with the ribbon charm (unfortunately the angle of the photo makes the ribbon charm look a little uneven which it isn’t, but anyway…)
Tip for using self-adhesive rhinestones: The easiest way to apply your rhinestones (or pearls) is to gently wiggle the tips of your small scissors under the rhinestones to lift them from the backing paper and then transport them onto your project. Doing it this way means the glue always stays with your rhinestone and it’s super easy to place them exactly where you want.
Tip for making your own ribbon charms: Always make sure that you place your small strip of Window Sheet on the top of your circle – doing it that way means your ribbon will go over the top so that you get that little ‘bump’ in the middle of your window charm. If you put the ribbon through with the strip under the circle then it’ll look like you’ve just put a ring of rhinestones over the top of your ribbon rather than used a ribbon charm which doesn’t look as realistic.
Hope you like my card
And here’s a list of Stampin’ Up! products that I used to create this card:
Lovely Letters Alphabet
Cardstock & Paper:
Very Vanilla textured cardstock
Very Vanilla smooth cardstock
Crumb Cake (aka Kraft) textured cardstock
Crumb Cake (aka Kraft) smooth cardstock
Window Sheet (acetate)
Crumb Cake ink refill
Champagne Shimmer Paint
Frost White Shimmer Paint
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine
Framelits Dies – Labels Collection
Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder
3/4″ Circle Punch
1/4″ Circle Punch
Basic Pearls (self-adhesive pearls)
Basic Rhinestones (self-adhesive rhinestones)
Vanilla Velvet Ribbon