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It’s been wickedly hot here in Vermont the last few days and will continue to be so for the rest of the week! We don’t own a pool so I’m keeping cool in my stamp room! Sometimes I have no idea which direction my creativity will take me and today was like that. I sat at my desk wondering what on earth to work on, so began searching through my stamps for something I haven’t used much. I came across this wonderful striped background stamp called Cabana Stripes by Echo Park Paper Co. One of my favorite design combos is stripes with florals so that’s what I decided to do!
Upon further searching around, I came across one 12X12 sheet of this beautiful soft rose cardstock and it inspired my color choices for this card! Rose and gold!! So feminine and so elegant! This called for Altenew‘s Beautiful Day set! I began by heat-embossing the outline images in gold onto Bristol Smooth card stock, and chose Zig colors of soft pink, peach, flesh and ochre. (I’ve been using my Copic markers so much lately, that I forgot how much I love Zigs!) When I finished coloring, I used Beautiful Day dies to cut them out.
Anyway, setting the blossoms aside, I inked up Cabana Stripes with Versamark and stamped it onto another piece of Bristol Smooth paper, then added gold embossing powder. I LOVE that the stamp didn’t adhere 100% so it left these wonderful “distressed” looking spots with no color! I just bought Tim Holtz’ Tattered Rose distress oxide ink, so tapped some onto my craft mat, spritzed with water then tapped my panel into the ink. After drying it, I trimmed the panel down with Gina Marie Designs Stitched Rectangle dies and adhered it to my base card upon which I’d used Stampin Up’s Manhattan Flower embossing folder. I think that nicely compliments the blossoms and adds even more texture! Next I arranged my die-cut pieces and mounted them with layers of foam tape. Lastly, I gold-embossed the simple yet sweet sentiment from Brutus Monroe‘s Super Sentimental set onto a strip of the rose card stock and tucked it in along the left side. Voila! A combination of stamps from a variety of companies to create one gorgeous card! Now…who’s birthday is coming up…?! 😀