Thursday, 31 December 2015

Paper Smooches December Challenge - Card 1



Paper Smooches - www.papersmoochesstamps.com has a monthly challenge and here is my first entry.  I thought I'd also use the opportunity to sneak in some peeks at the upcoming Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalogue which starts on 5 Jan.

The main guidelines are to use flowers somewhere on the project and include at least one Paper Smooches die or stamp.

Anyway...the Paper Smooches items I used for my first card are the Blissful Banners stamp set and co-ordinating Streamers dies.

I struggled a bit to find a way of lining up a stamp with a solid die and I found that cutting first then using a (not too strong) runner adhesive to stick it to my MISTI in order to stamp it worked best.  The adhesive rubs off afterwards if you no longer want it.  I didn't since I was using vellum and wanted the centre of the banner to come out from the card.

I started by stamping using the soon-to-be-released Rose Garden stamp set and watercolouring with my Gansai Tambi paints.  They're so rich and creamy that it took a bit of practise after being used to the traditional cake watercolours.  I felt more comfortable by the time I got to the leaves and background.

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Next, I used the co-ordinating die and cut out of black glitter paper.  Oooh shiny!

The vellum banner was stamped with archival ink.  I tried embossing in black which was just TOO black and many other options.  I matted on soon-to-come PINK glitter paper onto a black card base and sprinkled iridescent tiny sequins for that finishing touch.

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The only things I'd consider adding are gems or something else to cover the dots of adhesive holding the banner in place since it's more visible than I'd like.   :-/

Please check out my second card here

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