Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Goodbye, Apricot Appeal...

Well, this is it: Retirement month. Time to say goodbye to the "old" and make room for the new, time to get serious about stocking up on favorites that you just can't live without. :o)

One of mine is Apricot Appeal. Not so bold as orange, but warm and rich and versatile... Here's a card (designed by Deloris, assembled at a shoebox swap by me) that really lets the base color be a feature element. We used a stylus and a brass template to dry emboss the row of dots across the bottom section of the card. Sound complicated? It's super simple. You just "draw inside the lines" of the template (see page 188 in the 2009-2010 IB&C), then "scribble" across the rest of the shape to make the paper pop up. It's a lot like coloring with crayons, but even more forgiving!

Technique Tip- Determine which side of the paper you'll be using your stylus on (typically the back side where the images will be pushed down) and burnish over it with waxed paper. This makes your stylus glide easily over the paper. If you don't have a light box, use a window or French door as your work surface during the daytime so that you can see where to press into your template.

The focal point for the card is a small rectangle of whisper white with a stamped image. This was distressed, and a piece of 5/8" satin ribbon tied around it. Then we popped it up with some stamp scrap so it would cast a shadow and create dimension. Ta da! Simplicity is good. -Kathy

All supplies Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Flower Fancy

Ink: Apricot Appeal, Pretty in Pink classic
Apricot Appeal, Whisper White CS

Priceless Classy Brass Template, stylus, waxed paper, 5/8" vanilla satin ribbon, stamp scrap

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