Pals Guest Stamper Kim C.

Let your background do the "talking."  That's exactly what Kim Czenszak did with this stunning card as today's Stampin' Pretty Pals Guest Stamper.  The layering of color over the embossed En Fran?ais background stamp is so rich and I can't seem to get enough of the new Stampin' Up! Quilted Satin Ribbon (Stampin' Up! Holiday Mini Catalog).  I'm so proud to share the artistic talent of my amazing downline (both hobby stampers and business demonstrators).

To see more of Kim's pretty card ideas and clean style, please visit her Live Love Stamp Blog!


After embossing the background stamp, I applied the ink with a sponge.  I always start the sponge off the paper and then move onto the paper.  I find this removes having a really dark spot where you first place the sponge. 

I put a piece of Early Espresso cardstock underneath the sentiment and then used Stampin? Dimensionals to apply the sentiment.  This creates a nice shadow effect for the card.

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  1. Carol Carriveau

    Absolutely beautiful – what a wonderful and simple yet elegant idea! Thanks for sharing with us, Mary!

  2. Lovely card! I need to try the emboss resist soon – it looks so elegant on this card.

  3. Very pretty, Kim! The sponging is the perfect touch!

  4. Kim, what a simple yet beautiful card. Catches the eye. I love the way you did the lower left hand corner and perfectly matched the script across. It was a pleasure to visit your blog. All your cards are lovely and oh so neat! You take great care in detail Kim and it shows! Thanks Mary for sharing Kim’s card with us.

  5. What a neat idea! I love the contrast work with the torn corner, your artistic touches speak volumes!

  6. Deb B (Debadoo)

    Very pretty! I love en francais, and with the emboss resist it’s really beautiful. Also love how she sort of did a reverse spotlight in the corner. I also really love how you feature cards done by your downline sometimes. A very nice and well deserved pat on the back for them!

  7. It great to see people using some artistic techniques with their stamping. I always enjoy trying them and seeing what the possibilities are for stretching the tools I already have. Thanks, Kim! Great job.

  8. Love the effects. I can’t wait to check out your blog!

  9. What a simply stunning card – so beautiful!! I love everything about it! 🙂

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