Oh my goodness, where has the last week gone?! We had a huge 3-day swim meet last weekend and then I had a Punch Club meeting on Monday night, my downline meeting last night and a HUGE stamp-a-stack tomorrow that I've been cutting for all week (560 cards in all!) so this is the first opportunity that I've had to post since Fabulous Friday last week. Hope it's been a good week for y'all!
Speaking of Fabulous Friday, our focus for this week on the Sisters in Stamping blog is the technique of two-step stamping... I've got to tell you that I LOVE two-step stamps!! You get a solid image for the base and a detail stamp to overstamp and in two steps you get a great two-tone image, hence the name of the technique. For some sets a stamp-a-ma-jig tool is a must, but for these roses I was able to just eyeball it. I know, some of my AROC (anal retentive obsessive compulsive - love ya, Jettie!) stampers are having a fit right now!! Solid images are always my stamps of choice and two-step stamping gives you a great look for very little effort. Was I ever bummed when the Roses in Winter stamp set retired a few years ago... well, Baby Blossoms in the Occasions Mini catalog is a good substitute, albeit in miniature form.
My card this week is one that I created for a downline member of mine who recently announced to our group that she was diagnosed with breast cancer. I wanted to let her know that I am here for her and will be praying for her as she undergoes treatment. I gave her this card last night at my meeting so she would know that she was in my thoughts. I chose the color scheme of rose red, pretty in pink, so saffron and pear pizzazz because I love those colors, all of which are taken from the Springtime Vintage DSP. Here is a close-up of the main panel of the card. I love this frame element in the stamp set. I stamped it once on the very vanilla panel and then again on a scrap piece of very vanilla, which I then stamped with the rose and sentiment. I hand-cut this (the wide oval didn't quite work) and popped it up with dimensionals.
I wanted to incorporate the idea of the pink ribbon symbol for breast cancer awareness so used pretty in pink taffeta ribbon on the outside of the card and the Ribbon of Hope stamp with pretty in pink ink on the inside. On top of it I stamped a sentiment from God's Blessings and repeated the roses from the front of the card inside as well.
The background piece started off as a 5-1/4" x 4" piece of very vanilla card stock that I stamped the rose/leaves on repeatedly all over. It might be hard to see, but I also stamped what looks like a baby's breath stamp with so saffron between the roses. I then overstamped it with crumb cake ink and the Sanded stamp. I also used a soft suede stampin' write marker with my Color Spritzer Tool to add some tiny dots for interest. Finally, I sponged the edges with crumb cake ink to age and soften the piece. I embellished the pink taffeta knot with a half-pearl element - I really like the way this card turned out!
Don't forget to stamp your envelope - because I knew I would be hand-delivering this card I used the frame element on the envelope, too.
For additional inspiration on two-step stamping, be sure and visit the Sisters in Stamping blog after Noon EST today!
Products used with today's project include:
- Baby Blossoms stamp set (Occasions Mini catalog)
wood mount #121927 $2795
clear mount #122000 $19.95
- Teeny Tiny Wishes #115370 $36.95
- Sanded #109294 $17.95
- Ribbon of Hope #115552 $7.95
- God's Blessings #
- Pretty in Pink taffeta ribbon #109067 $6.95
- Basic Pearls jewels #119247 $4.95
- Stampin' dimensionals #104430 $3.95
- Stampin' sponge #101610 $3.50
- Color spritzer tool #107066 $12.95
- Card stock: Rose Red, Very Vanilla and Pear Pizzazz
- Ink: Soft Suede, Rose Red, Pretty in Pink, Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron and Crumb Cake
- Soft Suede stampin' write marker