Good Morning Fellow Stampers ~
We're slipping in a little late this morning. It turned out to be a pretty rough weekend; other than class with my sweet stampers on Saturday afternoon, I've been pretty much down the entire weekend. Surgery on Friday morning turned out to be more invasive than planned and I look like a grapefruit again!! Sigh. Lots of swelling, lots of bruising, lots of pain medication!! So I'm staying home from work today and laying low; good time to put the feet up and watch some M.A.S.H :-)
We have a lovely color challenge today at the Paper Players [PP339]. This is one of those moments I felt like I was hanging out to sea with no ideas flying into my head. Then I saw something on Facebook featuring a special paper called "yupo" which I had never heard of by the way. Turns out it is a synthetic "paper" (tree free) that is waterproof. I looked it up online; and although it looks interesting, being it's made from polypropolene pellets, I'm betting we're looking at a cancer risk here -- argghhh!! I'm very cancer conscious since my dad died of the terrible disease. Anyway, I digress . . . The card made with some other stamp product made me immediately think of our beautiful Sheltering Tree stamp set, and I thought, I can recreate this with our beautiful Vellum. So here we go :)
Doggone Delightful Stampin' Design Tips:
- Layerothology. This card is cut from Thick Whisper White cardstock, 4-1/4" x 11", scored at 5-1/2". I have an overlay on the front of the card that is 4-1/4" x 5-1/2", the Sahara Sands stripe from the Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack.
- Vellum Overlay. This simple card uses a special technique - a vellum overlay. I have stamped the 2-step stamping set, Sheltering Tree, on Vellum, starting with the grassy knolls in Mint Macaron. I added the grassy "spikes" along the knolls to add the depth and interest. The tree stump and branches are stamped in Sahara Sand; and then the "leaves" are stamped first in Mint Macaron, and then a second time, slightly offset, in Perfect Plum. The swing was added in Sahara Sand, and the sentiment in Perfect Plum. Oh my! How pretty!!! I had forgotten how much I love this stamp set. It reminded me the very first time we saw this set in the catalog at Convention! I still love it!!!
- Stampin' Technique Tip: Now a note about stamping on Vellum. Vellum is not a porous paper like cardstock. So you have to be careful. Your ink will eventually dry, but you have to give it time. So be very careful as you stamp, so you don't smear; and then don't touch anything on the surface, just set the piece aside for awhile and let it dry thoroughly. Turn the piece face side down on a blotter sheet when you go to add adhesive, so as again to be sure you don't smear or smudge your stamping. Precautions will ensure you piece stays in pristine order. Trust me, it will eventually be dry enough to touch and not cause any problems. :-)
Here's a different view.
I put my SNAIL adhesive behind the stamping where it could not be seen through the vellum - i.e., behind the tree, and the grassy knolls. I also added a glue dot behind where each enamel dot sits. This allows the piece to adhere to the card front without the adhesive showing through the vellum. I like how the stripes show through the vellum and give a nice "background" to the tree scene. What do you think??
- Turn to the Inside. I used the "floating" blossoms/leaves image from the stamp set and the grassy knolls to create a pretty little inside to my card, layered with Mint Macaron and Sahara Sand. Now I'm all set to add a little sentiment on the inside of this card and send it off to a special person. :-)
Need a little close up ?? ;)
The nice thing about this sentiment on the front is that it really works for a number of different situations, including sympathy, get well, and just a nice friendship card, even for someone going through a tough time. This is such a lovely stamp set. And I have a sneaking suspicion we will see it on the Retiring List later today -- so keep an eye out, and get yours before it is gone!!
Now, I have just one more piece of business to take care of today :-) I didn't get this done over the weekend unfortunately - just wasn't up to it. And someone is the winner of my Blog Candy Giveaway I posted last Wednesday . . . Remember this ???
Here we go !! :-)
The Winner of the SAB Blog Candy Giveaway is:
Congratulations!! And I will be in touch with you shortly to firm up the shipping details!
Miss Donna commented about SAB :
"Love your card. I always find creating a sympathy card one of the hardest to make . The Delicate Details was one of the first stamp sets that I wanted to get."
I Agree Miss Donna :-) I thought the Delicate Details was a "top choice" as well!!
Have a great Monday everyone -- we'll be back tomorrow with all the details on the Retiring List as we move into the Retiring Products time of year -- time to cry a little and then get ready for new things :-)
Until Next Time . . .