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Monday, July 28, 2008

Brocade Basics Card Instructions

I ended up tweaking the Brocade Basics card as one of my swap cards for convention. The Drop & Swish technique was new to me so I decided to post the instructions for this card.

Cut Ruby Red cardstock 8 1/2 x 5 1/2
Cut Always Artichoke cardstock 3 x 4 1/4
Cut Kraft cardstock 2 7/8 x 4 1/8
Punch out 1" circle in Always Artichoke
Punch out 1 1/4" circle in Ruby Red
Scrap of Whisper White cardstock
Circle Coluzzle
Paper Snips
Ruby Red Classic Stampin' Pad
Always Artichoke Classic Stampin' Pad
En Francais background stamp
Brocade Basics stamp set
White acrylic paint
One of those plastic sample credit cards you get in your junk mail

Step 1: Apply a bead of white acrylic paint across a little over half of the long edge of the credit card. Pull the card and paint across your piece of kraft cardstock. Pull from different directions until you have about 75% of the kraft cardstock covered in a thin layer of white acrylic paint. Let dry.

Step 2: Stamp Brocade Basics stems and leaves in Always Artichoke and the flower in Ruby Red. Overstamp both the Ruby Red cardstock and the kraft cardstock with En Francais using Ruby Red.

Step 3: Sponge on Always Artichoke across the bottom and Ruby Red lightly around the top two thirds of the kraft piece of cardstock. Sponge Ruby Red on on the Ruby Red cardstock.

Step 4: Stamp the Brocade Basics flower and stem on a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock. Cut out the bottom half using the smallest circle on the circle coluzzle. Silhouette cut the rest of the flower out with your scissors. Adhere to the Always Artichoke and Ruby Red circles.

Step 5: Adhere all the pieces. I like using a thin mat like you see with the Always Artichoke because it really brings your eye to the stamped piece in the center. If you look at expensive paintings, you'll notice that many of them have a thin mat that you will barely notice until you look more closely. If you leave out the thin mat or make it larger, to my eye, it takes away from your stamping.

Have fun with this technique. I'd love to see your pics of what you do with the Drop & Swish technique. If you'll send your pics to sharon@sharoncheng.com, I'll work on posting some of the best examples when I get back from convention.

Sharon Cheng


Anonymous said...

Sharon - I absolutely LOVE this technique!!! Your card is gorgeous. One of the neatest cards I've seen! I like simple elegance like that. Thanks for sharing! Evelyn

Marla said...

This is a beautiful card, Sharon!