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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Vellum Window "Sneak Peak"

The title of this blog entry is both literal and a pun.  It is literal because for those of you coming to the Stamp-a-Stack this weekend, the card you see is a "Sneak Peak" - we will be making this card. Its so pretty - the photo doesn't do it justice. The title is also a pun because this is a window card - and you can "sneak a peak" through the window. The sentiment in the middle is stamped on vellum paper which is translucent (so be careful when you write inside that it does not show through the window!). Who ever you send this to is going to be really impressed by this card.

Supplies:
Vellum Card Stock(101856), Organza Ribbon(114319-catalog p.190), Versamark Ink Pad(102283-catalog p.195), 1 1/4" Square Punch(119865-catalog p.203), 1 3/8" Square Punch(119877-catalog p.203)
Colors:
Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplant, Wild Wasabi, Pretty in Pink, So Saffron
Stamps:
Dreams du Jour (111624-catalog p.101), En Francais (109321-catalog p.142)
This is how I made the card:
  1. I stamped the background with the En Francais  background stamp on Perfect Plum using Versamark Ink
  2. Punched the hole on the Perfect Plum with the 1 1/4" square punch  and
    Punched the hole on the white card base with the 1 3/8 square punch
  3. Finished stamping the background with the butterfly from Dreams du Jour stamp set.
  4. Stamped the sentiment on Vellum Card Stock  with Elegant Eggplant.
  5. Colored the flower with Wild Wasabi and Regal Rose on the BACK of the vellum.
    The reason for coloring on the back is so you don't smear the image that's stamped on the front. Remember the inks will dissolve in each other.
  6. The White Organza Ribbon is fastened using a "cheater" bow.

If you want to purchase any of the supplies for this card or anything else you can place orders 24/7 at my Stampin'UP! website. You can also place orders with me at the Stamp-a-Stack or via email or by phone. My next order goes in this Tuesday (the 16th).
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People often ask how I get my ideas for cards.  There are many places to get inspiration.  **Sometimes I'll see something that reminds me of a stamp set I own.  **Sometimes I'll see a good color combination and just want to make a card with those colors.  **Sometimes I'll see a card someone else has made and I'll just copy it. In fact one of the other cards we're doing this weekend is a copy of a card given to me by my upline. **Sometimes I'll re-design a card made by someone else.  This purple butterfly card is one of those re-designed cards - its inspired by the card shown to the right which I got as a "trade card" at a convention. You can see I changed it up a bit.  The inspiration cad used Baja Breeze and Pacific Point and I used Perfect Plum with Eggplant.  Her card was a Long Note and I used a standard card size.  She used grosgrain ribbon and I used the organza and we placed the ribbon in slightly different places. I also added the extra background stamp to mine. This is one of the things I really appreciate about being a demonstrator. We make and share "trade cards" when we go to conventions. Its also fun to make connections with people from other states and countries. I got this card from a demonstrator named Karine Bailey from Kemptville Ontario.  
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Let me know if there is any way I can help you with your stamping.
Please contact me with any suggestions or questions. Your feedback is appreciated.

Happy Stamping --Katie

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