Thursday, March 31, 2011

Pink Roses Easel Card

Another easel card ... just can't get enough of these adorable cards.  I'm holding an Easel Card class on April 11th and so I've been experimenting with this layout for a few weeks now.  I'm pretty sure we'll be making this version ... including making our own background paper (as below) using sponging and rubber band embossing.  I'm also showing them how to make the ribbon roses featured on today's card, as well as paper flowers (see Tutorial page).  And ... I'm going to be showing them how to construct an envelope to hold this 3D card (also see Tutorial page) ... whew!! ... that's a lot to cover!

I have a few tips I've learned over the past few days:
  1. Sponge your background BEFORE rubber band embossing.  This avoids getting loose bits of glitter on your stamps pads.  Trust me!!  I've been picking glitter off my stamps pads for a few days and it's a little annoying!!  Do the sponging and then use an anti-static pad (like embossing buddy) to cover the ink before doing your embossing.  It works really well!!
  2. When embossing or using glitter, don't you find you end up with it EVERYWHERE!!  I use my silicone pad from my Big Shot to clean it up.  It is amazing.  Wipe the silicone pad across your work surface and the powder or glitter clings to it.  Then you just wash it off with water, let the silicone pad dry and it's ready to use again.  Awesome! 
Back to the card for today ...

Here's a picture and the details of the card  - finished size is 4 1/4" square.  Hope you like.  If you need instructions on how to construct an easel card, click on this link to the Splitcoaststampers tutorial.

"Pink Roses" Easel Card
Stamps:  Short & Sweet (sentiment) (SU!)
Paper:  Regal Rose, Whisper White
Ink:  Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Real Red, Kiwi Kiss, Old Olive (SU!), Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  Brayer, rubber bands, silver embossing powder, heat tool, Little Leaves Sizzix die-cut, 5/8" Pretty in Pink satin ribbon (approx. 23" - divided), sponges, medium oval punch, scalloped oval punch, pink sisal, sticky strips, adhesives, glue dots and dimensionals

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First I made my background paper.  On the 4" square and 4" x 1 1/4" pieces of Whisper White cardstock, I randomly sponged  Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Real Red and Old Olive inks.  I then sponged the edges with Real Red to add more color.  I wiped the surface of the cardstock with an Embossing Buddy and then Rubber Band embossed on top (see Techniques for instructions).  Using the 4 pieces of 3" x 2" Whisper White, I randomly sponged Kiwi Kiss and Old Olive and then used the Big Shot to cut out four Little Leaves die-cuts.

I cut the satin ribbon into three pieces (10" , 7" & 6") and made three roses.  There are links to video instructions for ribbon roses on the Tutorial page.

Tip:  I find it easier to add a glue dot every so often to hold the rose together as I'm making it.

I glued three of the Little Leaves die-cuts on the background paper and added a small piece of pink sisal that I bought at the $1 store - it adds a little something!  I placed the roses on top and adhered the whole thing to the 4 1/4" piece of Regal Rose cardstock (for stability).  The fourth Little Leaves die-cut was added to the "stand" part of the easel card.  I mounted all the pieces as shown in the picture above.

I stamped "Happy Mother's Day" on the 4" x 2 1/2" piece of Whisper White and mounted it inside the card.  I stamped "love you" and punched it out with the medium oval punch, mounted it on a scalloped oval frame of Regal Rose and adhered it to the top right-hand corner using dimensionals to pop it up and add depth.

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