Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Friend, You Raise Kindness to an Art

I fell in love with this stamp set the first time I laid eyes on it. I envisioned the long skinny stamp making a border so that is what I had to do with my first project using it. This card would not have been possible without using my Stamp-a-Majig. Some people are talented, but I can use my SAM and look like a pro too! It's the best thing since sliced bread. Everything turns out perfect every time.

So, using my SAM, I created a border frame. I cut along the edges for a filigree effect and stamped the floral flourishes inside the frame. I stamped the flower and friends elements on very vanilla cardstock. The larger flower and the F are both stamped in chocoalte chip. The smaller flowers were stamped in bordering blue. I then used the rock-n-roll technique (remember my card with that technique from Monday?) with chocolate chip to make two-toned flowers. I placed a chocolate chip corduroy button on the larger flower, but Stampin' Up doesn't make small brown brads (we do have the jumbo brads in two sizes!). What are you supposed to do? Put a silver brad on the flower (I didn't like the way that looked)? Buy a brown brad from somewhere else (Heavens no! Plus, why spend more money when you already have supplies?)? My solution: I made a chocolate chip brad. How, you ask? I patted a regular silver brad onto the chocolate chip craft pad and then dipped it into clear embossing powder. I heat embossed the brad then repeated the process. How awesome is that? You can create brads in any of Stampin' Up's 51 craft ink colors! You can't beat that with a stick! Finally, I added chocolate chip double stitched grosgrain ribbon, popped up the filigree frame and and all stamped elements, and curled up the edges of all stamped flowers. I stamped the sentiment (You Raise Kindness to an Art) at the bottom in chocolate chip.

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Cindy said...

Ohhh, I LIKE this! I just got my set Monday and haven't inked it up yet. You've given me some ideas, thanks!

Betty said...

Wow! What intricate cutting! I have not opened this set yet but am itching to ink it up.