May 022013
 

Today’s card features Circle Circus, one of our retiring stamp sets.  Paired with Midnight  Muse, Summer Starfruit and Lucky Limeade you can swap out Best Wishes from Petite Pairs for a perfect Father’s Day card.  What makes this set so versatile is that it can be used for masculine, feminine and even kid’s cards too!

Circle Circus

Adding the Stripes Embossing to the background continues with the masculine theme.

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Apr 172013
 

 Over the weekend, I reconnected with an old friend and thought a Thinking Of You card would be perfect!  Thank you Pinterest for the inspiration!  I have lots of Neutral Designer Series Paper Stacks left, so this is a great to use up your leftovers.  I cut a 2 1/2″ square piece of designer series paper.  Added a 1 1/4″ x 2  1/2″ Whisper White card stock and stamped in Raspberry Ripple.   The Elegant Butterfly was punched from Daffodil Delight for eye popping color against the Basic Black.

Elegant Butterfly

If you notice closely in the photo below, I used the Stripes Embossing Folder for the background.   At first, when I ran the card stock through, it broke down more paper fibers than I wanted.  However, I was pleasantly surprised by how well it worked together and discovered a technique.  I am going to call this clapboard siding technique.  To get this look, just add a little extra shim, like copy paper, and the card stock will naturally do that.

If you want crisp, clean lines, use less layers on your platform.  You will have to play around with this, as I discovered.

Butterfly Closeup

For the final touch, I added pearls.  But I colored them with a Black Sharpie and only the tops.

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Stampin’ Supplies:

Stamps:  Teeny Tiny Wishes 127802,  Papillon Potpourri 123759
Cardstock: Basic Black 121045, Whisper White 100730, Daffodil Delight 119683
Ink: Basic Black 126980, Raspberry Ripple 126859
Accessories:  Elegant Butterfly Punch 127526, Pearls 119247, Stripes Embossing Folder 123128, Stampin’ Dimensionals 104430

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