Shabby Chic Thanks

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My Occasions Mini marathon of ideas continues . . . On tap today is Afternoon Tea Designer Series Paper (p. 8) and Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware (p. 7).  TIP:  Please don't forget that the Occasions Mini expires, June 30).

Afternoon Tea is a wonderful mix of large and small vintage patterns, with a lovely combination of Groovy Guava, Chocolate Chip, Soft Sky and Wild Wasabi.  The Styled Silver Hodgepodge Kit offers 100 embellishments and 100 3/16" brads, all with a fresh, modern feel and thoughtfully sized to coordinate with Stampin' Up! punches.

The main design is from the Kind Thoughts stamp set (Stampin' Up! Spring-Summer Catalog, 2008, p. 119).  Chocolate Chip Craft Ink was hired for the job and stamped on Wild Wasabi card stock.  I next heat embossed the image with clear embossing powder.  TIP:  One of the benefits of the Craft Ink Pads (vs. Classic dye inks) is the ability to heat emboss in color.   I find myself using Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Whisper White and Very Vanilla Craft Ink Pads by far the most.

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The star of the show and today's BRIGHT IDEA is the White Signo Gel Pen.  I touched up the open areas of the design to get a vintage/aged look.  Very easy and produces a pretty substantial impact.   One of the distress tools with the Cutter Kit (a handy little multi-tasker) gave the edges some shabby chic.

"Thanks" is from Fundamental Phrases and was inked and heat embossed identically to the main image.  I used a Stamp-a-ma-jig to position it right where I wanted. For more details, please check out my Stampin-a-ma-jig tutorial.  After cropping with Stampin' Up!'s Small Oval Punch, the image was adhered to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.  A Styled Silver Hodgepodge label holder works perfectly with the small oval shape.  A couple Styled Silver Brads are the finishing touch.  TIP:  It's much easier to adhere the image where you want first and then add the hardware.

The card base is Wild Wasabi Textured.  Yum.  A floral pattern from Afternoon Tea was matted on Groovy Guava Textured card.  They look luscious together.  The vertical banner is a charming small pattern from Afternoon Tea.  TIP: Large and small patterns really offer a wow factor when combined.  That's what I love about Stampin' Up!'s Designer Paper.  Everything coordinates . . . large and small patterns, delicious colors, so many distinct looks.  A piece of Groovy Guava Double Stitched Ribbon seemed like just the thing for the final chic.

Like this card or have a suggestion?  Please leave me a comment at the end of this post 🙂

Hugs and Pretties . . . . M

COMING UP: 
Die-Cut Blooms to Die For (Occasions Mini, p. 14)

Stamp Sets:  Kind Thoughts, Fundamental Phrases
Paper:  Afternoon Tea (Occasions Mini, P. 8), Wild Wasabi Textured, Wild Wasabi (untextured), Groovy Guava Textured
Cool Tools:  Heat Tool, Small Oval Punch, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Cutter Kit
The Perfect Touch:  Clear Embossing Powder, White Signo Gel Pen, Groovy Guava Double Stitched Ribbon, Hodgepodge Hardware (Styled Silver, Occasions Mini, p. 7)

7 Comments:

  1. This is so lovely, and I love the idea of using the Signo pen to color in the stamp!

  2. Mary, what a fabulous idea for this stamp! Very creative, and has such a big impact. TFS!

  3. colleen kramer

    Very Cool…hadn’t thought about this stamp as a main focal point, looks wonderful. Nice tip about the craft inks. I had not considered getting a couple just for the embossing. Hmmm….

  4. I might have to get myself one of the pens… Very nice look! I also like the DSP in Afternoon Tea. Very pretty.

  5. Wonderful card. I love the white that you added to the central piece. Very cool. Joan

  6. I had not thought the afternoon tea DP would look so good, but it does on your card and as some one else said, I might consider getting a few carft ink pads for embossing purposes.

  7. Love these colors! great card! tfs!

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