My inspiration blues are definitely not "the blues" in the sense of feeling blue . . . it's all about the beautiful blue images in this Williams Sonoma ad that inspired today's card. If you have been following my blog for awhile, you know that I discover lots of inspiration in home d?cor and fashion magazines (advertising included). So what inspires you? I would love to hear. Please share your comment at the end of this post.
My layout was inspired by this week's Splitcoast Featured Stamper Judy, and based on this card. I began by using Stampin' Up!'s exclusive Flower Burst Embosslits Die with Whisper White. It popped out perfectly embossed and cut flowers with the help of a Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine. Click here for my Embosslits Tutorial.
TIP: For added depth and a jolt of color, I opened my Brilliant Blue ink pad and rubbed it over the embossed flowers. It's delightful witnessing the ink cling to the raised areas. I attached the flowers to a 2 3/4" Circle of Whisper White, created to my exact size specifications using the Circle Scissor Plus (Circle Scissor tips here). The base is a Brilliant Blue Scallop Circle produced from the Big Shot and Scallop Circle #2 Bigz Die.
The Bella Toile background stamp was inked in Brilliant Blue and stamped on Whisper White. TIP: Improve your results by applying ink directly to large stamps, stamps facing up . . . that way you can check your coverage. Carefully layer the card stock on top, cover with a piece of scrap paper and either brayer or press down evenly over the entire stamp with your hand, making certain to work to the edges and not move the card stock.
The toile image was layered over a 4.25 x 5.5 card base in Brilliant Blue. I cropped the right corners (top and bottom) with a Corner Rounder Punch.
A horizontal band of Brilliant Blue Textured card stock crosses the bottom with Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon adding a pretty finish. The sentiment (Matchbox Messages) and coordinating die cut (Matchbox Bigz XL Die) will be available in the Occasion Mini on April 1. More samples, including the adorable matchbox evolved from both these products coming soon!
Stamp Sets: Bella Toile Background (111598), Matchbox Messages (113800, available April 1)
Paper: Brilliant Blue (100721), Brilliant Blue Textured (108698), Whisper White (100730)
Ink: Brilliant Blue (100691)
Cool Tools: Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (113439), Matchbox Bigz XL Die (114890, available April 1), Scallop Circle #2 Bigz Die, 113469), Flower Burst Embosslits Die (114515), Circle Scissor Plus (112530), Corner Rounder Punch (109047)
The Perfect Touch: Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon (109070), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)