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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Enjoy Card and Why I Don't Like Naked Cardstock

After making about 100 of the Brocade Basic cards to swap, I just had to switch to a different design. My brain was screaming for some variety. So I came up with this Enjoy card. It was fun playing with one of the new In Colors, Baja Breeze. I just love how it looks with Mellow Moss and Chocolate Chip.

It’s Beautiful Jumbo Wheel
Lovely Labels Stamp Set
Polka Dot Background Stamp
Tres Chic Background Stamp
Mellow Moss Jumbo Cartridge
Mellow Moss Classic Stampin’ Pad
Baja Breeze Classic Stampin’ Pad
Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin’ Pad
Baja Breeze Cardstock 8 ½ x 5 ½ in.
Mellow Moss Cardstock 4 ¼ x 2 1/8 in.
Chocolate Chip Cardstock 4 ¼ x 1 in.
Whisper White Cardstock
Handle for Jumbo Wheel
1 ¼ in. Circle Punch
1 3/8 in. Circle Punch
Mellow Moss Ribbon (I used taffeta on some cards and grosgrain on the others)

Step 1: Wheel It’s Beautiful on the Baja Breeze cardstock.

Step 2: Using Mellow Moss, stamp Polka Dot on the Mellow Moss cardstock

Step 3: Using Chocolate Chip, stamp Tres Chic on the Chocolate Chip cardstock.

Step 4. Using Baja Breeze, stamp Enjoy on Whisper White cardstock. Punch out using
1 ¼ in. circle punch. Mat with 1 3/8 in. circle punched from Chocolate Chip cardstock.

Step 5. Adhere Chocolate Chip, Enjoy and ribbon to the Mellow Moss cardstock. Attach to Baja Breeze cardstock.

You might ask, why did I stamp the Chocolate Chip cardstock? If you have taken a class from me, you know that cardstock that isn’t stamped looks too plain to me. To my eye, it looks naked. I think that is because I painted and quilted before I started teaching rubber stamping. When you paint, you start by painting the background to give it color and texture. When you quilt, even plain muslin has a texture. Then you quilt to add another layer of texture to your piece. So that’s why folks who have been with me know that there is no naked cardstock in my projects.

Note: I have reformed a little over the years. I don’t feel the need to stamp cardstock that is being used as a mat any more...

I leave for convention tomorrow in the early morning. I'm looking forward to sharing what I learn with everyone when I return.

Sharon Cheng
Richland Hills, TX

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