This card was inspired by one that Jennifer McGuire made a while back. Hers, though, featured a raised butterfly, and a background of stamped circles. I thought it would be fun if the stamped images matched the raised image, but now that it’s done… well, I think I might have over-done it with the stars.
I started with a piece of my usual, inexpensive, stamping white cardstock… and then tried it two more times with different cardstock, LOL. I definitely recommend a fairly heavy cardstock for this technique. I took the large star die I planned to use, and very lightly traced the star on my cardstock with a pencil. I decided to go with three of my favorite ink colors (they look better in real life – I have GOT to work on my photography skills). Then, I just went stamp-crazy with several different stamp images, going from yellow to orange to red, on sort of a diagonal.
Once I was happy with the stamping, I placed the die right over my pencil marks and ran it through my die-cutter. I also cut out two matching stars from white foam. I erased my pencil marks, then glued the two pieces of foam to the back of my stamped star, to give it dimension. I also sprayed the star with some Shimmer Spritz – it adds just a bit of sparkle that is sadly not showing up on film.
I glued the back piece and the star to a coordinating card-base, added a heat-embossed sentiment on a banner, and glued on a few sequins. I think this technique has a lot of potential, though I’m not sure my version shows it. Hopefully, y’all with see something here that inspires you, and you can improve on it.
And for any of my cat-loving readers, here’s one of my “out-takes, while trying to photograph my card. (Timber just has to be in the middle of everything.) 🙂
Supplies used: Papertrey Ink cardstock (Stamper’s Select White, Melon Berry), Sizzix Framelits Stars die, Hero Arts Mid-Tone Shadow Ink (Butter Bar, Soft Canteloupe, Pale Tomato), Versamark Ink, Hero Arts white embossing powder, Simon Says Stamp “Tilted Banner Sayings” clear stamp set and matching die, Tsukineko Sheer Shimmer Spritz (frost), some sequins that I think came from Walmart, and a bunch of misc. small clear star stamps (most of them from Simon Says Stamp).