Tuesday, June 8, 2010

punch class - card #1

Have you ever wanted to make a card, but had a difficult time starting. You knew what stamp set you were going to use, what punch, but still struggled? That was me tonight. I figure I should at least get some of these 'Punch Class' cards done, so there are samples, but more importantly, I know what we are doing.
My classes only feature Stampin' Up! supplies. I had my eye on this color combination: close to cocoa, taken with teal, cameo coral, and very vanilla, and I was anxious to put it together.
I used the ornament punch to create the vase. I punched the card stock first, and then put the piece in an embossing folder, so I could line up the swirls. I stamped the floral stem in basic brown classic ink. I used a blender pen to put the color in the blooms. The flowers bend to one side, so with the vase, I couldn't 'center' the stem. This left me with a blank space that needed to be filled. If you know me, you know that I grabbed for ribbon and a button to balance that empty space. But, I couldn't find anything that looked like it belonged. So, I made a quick little tag from the match box big die. So, I looked through my current stamps to find a greeting that would both fit and look appropriate there. The tag looked good, but not 'balanced'. So I grabbed a scrap piece of cameo coral and punched some flowers. I thought the background piece (close to cocoa) looked too plain, too bare. So, I grabbed a background stamp and inked it with close to cocoa classic ink. I wanted to give everything a 'old' look, so I used a sponge and close to cocoa classic ink, and sponged the edges of everything! except the vase. I sponged the vase with taken with teal classic ink and the paper sanding block over the 'face' of the vase. My last contributions were the sparkles. So, I used a tiny blue rhinestone brad for the center of the flower. And lightly squeezed some crystal effects onto the blooms.
I know that I used a lot of different products to create this one card, but isn't it pretty? If you purchase a kit or attend this class, don't fret, all the pieces will be cut and scored. So all you basically have to do is stamp and assemble.

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