Thursday, April 9, 2015
Amazing Blackberry Stars
This week's challenge from The Paper Players is to use a die cut on a card. I remember when Stampin' Up! first introduced the Big Shot and I didn't think I "needed" it. Well, after a few months one of my customers ordered one and that got me thinking. During Sale-a-Bration I decided that if she had one, I should have one too (and I've never looked back). I found that I used it a lot of the time and that was before fun things like embossing folders and framelits (now I use it almost all of the time). I decided to use my Big Shot for both a die cut and an embossing folder on this card. I stamped the "Amazing" greeting from the Painted Petals stamp set in Blackberry Bliss, cut it with the Stars Framelits, then layered it onto a Basic Gray star also cut with the Stars Framelits. For the card base, I textured the Blackberry Bliss card stock with the Lucky Stars embossing folder, added a 1" strip of Blackberry Bliss polka dot Backgrounds DSP, then added a 1/2" strip of the silver glimmer paper. I love how just 1/2" strip of glimmer paper adds so much to the card. At first I had a hard time incorporating the glimmer paper onto my cards since it's around $2.50 per sheet, but then I realized that a little goes a long way, so you can actually make 50 cards like this with one sheet! The star is layered onto the card base with a couple of Stampin' Dimensionals. Stars are great since they can be used for so many types of cards (birthday, baby, congrats, graduation, all occasion, etc). With the busy Spring season upon us, I thought this card would be very fitting for end of school year activities like graduations or end of year performances and concerts. Have an amazing day!