Kennedy Grace Creations Fall 2017 Release Sneak Peek #2
I started this card by white heat-embossing the floral image from the lovely new stamp set Friendship Blessings by Kennedy Grace Creations onto some Arches hot-pressed watercolor paper, then white heat-embossing the 3 white dots stamp from KGC's stamp You Inspire Me around the floral image. I then water-colored the image with Sakura Koi watercolors. It was my first time using those watercolors, and I must say I was impressed. While that panel dried, I die cut some frames from Reverse Confetti's All Framed Up die in some white and Silver Starlight cardstock. I then found some Stampin' Up! Baja Breeze cardstock for a background layer that I die cut with a larger stitched rectangle die. As I was assembling my card, I felt that the blue cardstock needed some stamping. So I went back to the You Inspire Me stamp set and used the same 3 dot stamp as well as 2 small leafy branch stamps. I heat-embossed the dots white to repeat an element from inside the frames, and just used clear embossing with the leaf images. Once my layers were adhered to the blue cardstock I decided to use a Stampin' Up! product that I'd not used for quite some time (collecting dust as you might say). I'm talking about the metal frame around the Friendship Blessings sentiment. It was from an embellishment kit called Hodgepodge Hardware. It had 5 different frames to choose from and several brads to secure it to your project. I however chose different Stampin' Up! brads, these were small silver metal with clear rhinestones in the center. I wanted a little Bling! I had no punch or die to match the shape of the frame, so I traced it then fussy cut it out. I then stamped the sentiment with Lawn Fawn's Hippo dye ink, as I felt black ink would be too stark compared to the soft color palette I had used. I carefully glued the frame and cardstock with Ranger Multi Medium Matte. When it was secure, I positioned the frame where I wanted it, marked the holes, then used a pokey tool to create 2 small openings for the brads. I put tape runner adhesive on the back side of the sentiment cardstock and secured the frame in place with the brads. I then adhered the finished panels onto a standard A2 top-folding card base of NSW 110# cardstock.
With my project complete, it reminded me to look around my craft room more for those rarely used items that sometimes are just perfect for what I am working on. So I encourage you too, to explore the dusty recesses of your craft room for those hidden jewels you've forgotten about (we all have them!).
Thank you for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed my card.
Wishing you friendly blessings and warm hugs,