Saturday, 16 April 2011

Wedding bells are ringing

It’s wedding season and therefore time to get out of my comfort zone. I’m not great at “pretty” or “elegant” but needed a couple of wedding cards.

Of course, at the moment I cannot possibly make a card without using the Big Shot, so Elegant Bouquet was perfect for the job.

First I stamped “congratulations” in Melon Mambo on Whisper White cardstock, then ran it through the Big Shot with the embossing folder. I really like the look this achieves as the stamping is partially embossed, too. The stamp set is the brand new Level 2 Hostess Set from the Mini catalogue. I don’t usually mount and use my hostess sets but this one is REALLY useful as it contains all those greetings you’ve been longing for. Book a party and let’s see if we can earn it for you free!

To create the flower, I ran some Melon Mambo cardstock and vellum cardstock through the Big Shot using the Bigz L Die, Fun Flowers. You can do several sheets of cardstock at a time with this hefty die!

The vellum flower was then embossed using the Elegant Bouquet embossing folder – I love this look, too.

I thought it would look nice sparkly, so I sprayed it with some Champagne Mist shimmer spray, which I made using our Champagne Mist shimmer paint, mixed with isopropyl alcohol and water. This did indeed give it a lovely shimmery finish – and also made it curl, which I quite liked.

The button is the same as yesterday’s – just an old button covered with some Newsprint DSP, wetted and moulded to shape.

The ribbon is Whisper White taffeta – using a needle and thread (gasp!), I ran some long stitches through the length of the ribbon and gathered it up to make random pleats. I stuck the ribbon down using Sticky Strip, carefully covering any thread which showed.

Stamps: Something To Celebrate
Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Whisper White
Paper: Newsprint
Ink: Melon Mambo
Accessories: Big Shot, Elegant Bouquet embossing folder, Fun Flowers die, old SU button, Champagne Mist shimmer paint, Whisper White taffeta ribbon

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  1. Beautiful project and such a great way to use up old buttons!!

  2. wow! the vellum over the melon looks really effective. I can't wait to try it (now, where's my wish list?)

  3. What lovely simplicity here! The ruffled ribbon is fabulous!


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