Today's post is an exercise in 3-D. TIP: Did you know that you can order sheets of Stampin' Up!'s On Board Chipboard (Item #114320)? It includes six 5 3/4" x 13 3/4" sheets (the perfect size to zip through the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine or a Cuttlebug) and works with Originals, Bigz and BigzXL Dies.
TIP: Here's a cool application with the chipboard sheets. Choose an Originals, Bigz or BigzXL Die and run it through a Big Shot Die Cutting Machine with chipboard. Next, run the same die through the Big Shot with Designer Series Paper (Stampin' Up!'s Holiday Mini Autumn Vine Designer Series Paper shown). Guess what? You have a perfect match and instant 3-D for your designer paper!
I just received the Bella Blossoms stamp set and it's simply lovely (and oh l? l? on the sentiments). TIP: Using a Stamp-a-ma-jig, I aligned the large flower on my top note die cut and stamped in Chocolate Chip ink. I next stamped three more times, once with Chocolate Chip on Whisper White and twice in Really Rust on Whisper White. The leaves and petals were snipped and popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals for even more 3-D.
My layout is inspired by this gorgeous card by my blogging buddy, Beate. TIP: Really Rust textured card stock gives the depth the 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card base deserves when using so many raised layers. Another delicious pattern from Stampin' Up!'s Autumn Vine Designer Series Paper and Sage Shadow are matted on top. TIP: For a really polished look, fold your score line so that the crease (the raised part) is on the inside of the card and the indentation is on the outside.
THE PERFECT TOUCH: A couple new details may be grabbing your attention on the sentiment. I stamped "dear friend" on Sage Shadow card stock (Chocolate Chip ink). I finally decided to foray into Stampin' Up!'s Classy Brass Templates and used Punches Plus (Item #109539) to create the raised oval around the sentiment. The same brass template offers piercing options (you really didn't think I did that oval free hand, did you?). I cut the oval out with my Paper Snips and mounted it on Stampin' Dimensionals.
The final touch is a charming little clip from Stampin' Up!'s Clip Assortment (Item #112580). These cuties are all the rage on the card crafting "runway." A snippet of Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon wraps things up.
This card is a special surprise and thank you for my dear, virtual friend, Silke, . . . . shhhhhh.
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Stamp Set: Bella Blossoms
Paper: Autumn Vine Designer Series Paper, Really Rust Textured, Sage Shadow, Whisper White
Ink: Really Rust, Chocolate Chip
Cool Tools: Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, Bigz Top Note Die, Classy Brass Template Punches Plus, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Paper Piercer (Stampin' Up!'s Crafter's Tool Kit)
The Perfect Touch: Clips Assortment, Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals