This Is It!
Today is your LAST CHANCE to order the Retiring Stamps & Retiring Accessories from the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog! You can order at my Online Store until 11:59 MDT, or email your order to me by 5pm today and I'll include it with my order from my Last Thursdays Card Class tonight.
Retiring Items Quick Links:
- Browse All Retired Products Online
- Browse Only Retired Ink, Paper & Accessories Online
- Browse Discounted Retired Accessories Online
CASEd from Tami White at Stamp With Tami.
For the final day of the catalog, I thought I'd go out with a bang! So, instead of Two Cool cards...I did three! I'm calling it Tres Cool! Tee hee!
All three cards feature the bold and beautiful floral image from the retiring Inspired By Nature stamp set.
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I adore the beautiful distressed background of this card using the words from the retiring Charming set and the tea stain ink from the retiring Distressing Tool Kit. You can see an awesome video tutorial on Tami White's blog, but I'll give you the steps of how I did my version.
Distressed Background How-Tos
- Start with a 3-1/2" x 4-1/2" piece of Very Vanilla card stock.
- Ink the Charming words with VersaMark and stamp three times, then heat emboss with Clear Embossing Powder.
- Ink the flat rubber stamp from the Distressing Kit with the Tea Stain Ink and gently rub over the embossed card stock. I also rubbed the ink direct-to-paper for darker color around the words.
- You could also lightly spritz your card stock with water before inking for a different effect.
I tried another version of the distressed background with Watercolor Paper. After embossing, and before inking, I spritzed the paper heavily with water and let the water soak in a bit. Then, I stamped on the Tea Stain ink with the flat stamp. You can see the background is a little more subtle in color, but still gorgeous!
Depending on where you emboss your words, you'll get a different look with the Inspired By Nature stamp. The first card has very few words over the main flower, but this one has lots more words.
Watercolor Spritzed Flower How-Tos
- Color directly on the stamp with Always Artichoke, Not Quite Navy, and Early Espresso Markers.
- Lightly spray water, 2-3 fine mists at 15 inches away, on the colored stamp, then stamp it onto the card stock.
- Dab away excess water/ink.
I finished up the card by adding some flecks of Early Espresso ink with the Color Spritzer and a marker.
Each card has a different ribbon using the retiring Chantilly Crochet Trim Ribbon. One has a faux bow (tie & trim), one has a real bow, and this one is scrunched ribbon on top of a line of Sticky Strip.
For more texture, I also added a layer of Very Vanilla card that had been run through the Big Shot with the Square Lattice Impressions Folder. Each one has a torn edge, but look what happened when I tore the last one...the "plus" shapes on the design made it easily tear into a pretty scallop shape! Too Cool!
The sentiment is from the Fabulous Phrases set, double punched with the Word Window Punch. I added retiring Mini Library Clips to two cards for a cute accent.
- Stamps—Charming (retiring), Inspired By Nature (retiring), Fabulous Phrases
- Ink—VersaMark; Tea Stain (from retiring Distressing Essentials Kit), Not Quite Navy Classic Ink; Not Quite Navy, Always Artichoke, Early Espresso Markers
- Paper—Watercolor Paper (retiring); Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip (watercolor paper card) card stock
- Accessories—Chantilly Crochet Ribbon (retiring), Mini Library Clips (retiring, Clear Embossing Powder
- Tools—Distressing Essentials Kit (retiring), Word Window Punch, Heat Tool (retiring, being replaced), Color Spritzer, Big Shot, Square Lattice Impressions Folder, water mister, Sticky Strip, Dimensionals, SNAIL
Don't wait! Order retiring stamp sets and accessories today at my Online Store!
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Be sure to check back tomorrow—The NEW CATALOG will be available! Woohoo! Talk about Tres Cool!