Hello there! Today I have a card for you that I’ve been really wanting to make using the Oh So Eclectic Bundle. This is definitely an annual catalog favorite of mine. The colors and designer series paper are to die for. I’m not a huge fan of the new In Color of Tranquil Tide, but did incorporate a little bit into the hand-stamped background to tie in with the DSP as you do see a tad of it in the background. I angled both the image and DSP panels onto a Night of Navy A2 top-folding cardstock base. I am entering this card into the Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge of Anything Goes – my favorite kind of challenge! For Simon’s challenge, they ask that you do use one product of theirs and I used their fine detail white embossing powder. For images this small, you must have a fine detail powder or else it’s going to look like this chunky hot mess and not the clean and crisp sentiment you see on my card. Ask me how I know. Fine embossing powder is a go-to staple for me. I don’t believe that the chunkier powder gives you the best results based off of my personal experience of over a decade.
I really wanted my hand-stamped panel to be the star of the show here and had to put some thought into the perfect base color and DSP pattern. I started out with the intention of using Soft Sky, which is why I stamped those little dots in the background to kill some white space and incorporate Soft Sky into the design. Then I changed my mind to Berry Burst, but couldn’t find DSP that I thought would look right. I even tried Tranquil Tide and stamped the little dots again onto the image panel, along with the Night of Navy, when I finally settled on a color. I know my sentiment panel needed to be the same color as the base of the card and I wanted the ribbon to be the same color too. I’m especially fond of the new crinkled seam binding ribbon. If you have older seam binding ribbon. It’s really easy to crinkle it up. You wad it up in your hand, mist the ribbon with water, squeeze, set aside, let dry, and you have yourself crinkled ribbon. I love the old white seam binding. You could dye it any color with re-inkers. It’s messy, but if you wear a surgical glove, you’re fine. If you’re really neurotic about getting messy or have a great manicure you don’t want to risk trashing, wrap a length of duct tape around your wrist to seal the latex glove.
I mentioned a few weeks ago that I really enjoy stamping my own designs and backgrounds and this is no different. The Oh So Eclectic stamp set is designed so that the solid images are splotchy with the filler images being completely solid on their own or with a pattern. It looks like I have 2 colors on the flowers and leaves, but I only have one color for each and no stamping off to get the color differentiation. The flowers were stamped in Berry Burst and my greenery is Lemon Lime Twist. The little white space filler dots are stamped in Night of Navy (3x), Soft Sky and Tranquil Tide (3x). I came thisclose to putting Peekaboo Peach in the center of the Berry Burst flowers and it looked beautiful, but the color is covered up by my image panel and adding more dots to tie them in would not be enough as the images are too small. I would need something larger to accentuate the color.
Very easy card to make. I took my layers down by 1/4″ from a standard A2 size; DSP is 5-1/4 x 4 and the image panel is 5 x 3-3/4. I only wanted to use one stamp set so I cut a piece of Night of Navy cardstock into a banner and heat embossed the sentiment on with white embossing powder. I added Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals to the top and bottom of the sentiment panel only to keep the ribbon from being all bumpy and unattractive. I adhered the image panel to the DSP, positioned my ribbon and wrapped it around to the back. I then cut another length of the Night of Navy Crinkled Seam Binding and tied a small knot around the ribbon by the sentiment banner and snipped the ends. I added a few clear sequins and done. This is a very vibrant yet subtle card at the same time, but it worked and that makes me happy. I love that the images are also made to be sloppy with a watercolor look. I didn’t really try to line anything up. As the stamps are clear mount, I couldn’t see what I was stamping on top of since I didn’t use my Stamp-a-ma-Jig or MISTI, but before I put the stamp on the clear block, I just put the stamp on top of the image, picked it up and stamped it straight up and down. The stamps lined up and covered the images perfectly for the 2-step stamping involved.
Thank you so very much for stopping by today to visit me. Have a great day and God bless.