Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Gimme Some Lovin' Day 2

Well, this was one of those cards that actually came out better than I envisioned. I am really happy with this one. I actually started it yesterday and then hit a snag, so I planned to finish it today. And it's a good thing, because it worked perfectly with today's SCS color challenge and I think it's even more wonderful than I planned!

I wanted to make a card with Julee's Mojo Monday sketch and two of my unused stamp sets: the wedding cake from Fun and Fast Notes, and something from All Scallops. I'd planned on using only bashful blue and whisper white. Then I saw the color challenge of soft sky, basic gray and white, and it occurred to me... I could use soft sky instead of bashful blue. I could add basic gray - heck, it's all still out from yesterday's card! Serendipity is a wonderful thing.

The first thing I did yesterday was emboss on a white panel using the polka-dot background stamp and clear EP. I don't have a Cuttlebug but I keep seeing all those dot backgrounds that others are making with theirs and wanted to see what I could come up with. I'd come up with the idea for the square panel yesterday but redid it today for the new color scheme. It's the largest Marvy scallop square punch in gray, with piercing around the outside, then a 1 3/4" white square and in the center a 1 5/8" square with the cake embossed in white on soft sky cardstock.

The narrow panel started out with the embossed scallops. I was disappointed to discover that you can't punch this border out with the slit punch - I didn't check the others but they seem to be the same size. Oh well - now I know not to use these stamps if I'm mass producing! It wasn't hard to cut out two of them, and I love how it looks on the card. I had to cut one scallop off each edge to make it line up with the white dot panel. I cut a gray strip and adhered the scallops to the back, and then I happened to have a scrap of the embossed dots that fit in the center. You might just barely see the dots if you look close. I love any opportunity to use the gray taffeta ribbon.

The sentiment was the only bit that gave me trouble. I realized when I'd put the scalloped panel together that I had to deviate from Julee's sketch. I ended up stamping the words from the cake stamp in gray, then cutting each one out and mounting on a tiny piece of foam tape. The samples in the catalog use this technique all the time but I think it's my first try at it - what do you think? To finish off I mounted the cake square on foam tape, then put it all together on the white, another panel of soft sky, and a white card.

Hope you're having fun trying out some unused stamps this week. If you want to share your card for my week of challenges, don't forget the SCS keyword DSGSL - and come back tomorrow for my inspiration challenge!


Jamie Martin said...

This is a very pretty card, I like the white embossing without coloring. It's elegantly simple :)

Julee T. (Shadowcatcher) said...

Positively gorgeous. Love how the decorated scallops really tie in the wedding cake theme. Thanks for playing! :)

Joan and Amy said...

Beautiful card. Joan