Thursday, April 28, 2011

Bravo! Build a Blossom from Stampin' Up!

Stampin' Up! Build a Blossom Stamp Set with Blossom Petals Punch

Today's card was created a while back for my Mother's birthday (hi Mom!) and I can safely share it now that her birthday has come and gone. I think this would also make a beautiful Mother's Day card as well, with a simple change of sentiment.

Calendar alert: Mother's Day is May 8 - right around the corner!

While the Build a Blossom stamp set and coordinating Blossom Petals punch make beautiful cards without adding extra frills, I immediately thought of heat embossing when I saw this stamp set in the Occasions Mini Catalog. I also wanted to try using a rich, darker color and incorporate Vellum into the mix after seeing a few samples doing the same. I love how this card turned out. (And Mom loved it too!)

Build a Blossom embossed birthday card

The Vellum background piece was created using the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder (run through the Big Shot). I recommend using Vellum card stock for this technique. I only had Vellum paper on hand, and while it did work okay, I had to adjust the "sandwich" thickness so it wouldn't actually CUT through the paper rather than deeply emboss as desired.

Build a Blossom is a Two-Step Stampin'® set, which means the stamps are designed to be used together (usually in pairs), one image stamped over the other to create one two-tone image. On the larger petals of my card, I only used the detailed stamp - inked with VersaMark, covered with clear embossing powder and heat set. The smaller petals, stamped on Vellum, were created using the background stamp first (stamped off once for a lighter effect), followed by the detail stamp full strength.

Bravo Burgundy Build a Blossom stamp set by Stampin' Up!

TIP: Stamp the petals in a row along a strip of card stock, then punch them out. Don't try to match the placement of the pieces as laid out on the punch itself.

The "curls" in the center (another great idea I stole borrowed from a fellow demonstrator) are easily created with narrow strips of card stock. The tricky part is carefully tying the strip without tearing it. (wink, wink) Then gently use your bone folder to curl the strips as desired. LOVE this look.

Baja Breeze Build a Blossom with Blossom Petals punch

If you prefer a simpler version, I also did the same layout with Baja Breeze - and no embossing powder, just classic ink. See what I mean? A beautiful card on it's own, without extra frills.

Build a Blossom Tips and TechniquesTIP: When assembling the petals to create your blossom, try adhering them to a piece of card stock first and THEN attach the entire blossom to your project.  Give your petals dimension by slightly bending or curling them using your bone folder.

Got blossoms?
If you haven't yet ordered the Build a Blossom stamp set, you'll want to hurry. The last day to order from the Occasions Mini Catalog is Saturday, April 30. Don't forget to order the Blossom Petals punch - you don't REALLY want to cut out those petals by hand do you? Hee!

I hope you enjoyed today's creativity. Thanks for visiting!

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Stamps: Build a Blossom (W-121923, C-121994), Fabulous Phrases (W-117002, C-120501)
Ink: Whisper White Craft (101731), VersaMark (102283), Always Artichoke (105219), Bravo Burgundy (105214)
Paper: Bravo Burgundy (105123), Whisper White (100730), Certainly Celery (105125), White Vellum Paper (101839) or White Vellum Card Stock (101856)
Tools: Big Shot (113439), Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder (120175), Eyelet Border punch (119853), Clear Emboss Powder (109130), Heat Tool (100005), Blossom Petals punch (121808), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)
Accessories: Basic Pearls (119247), Neutrals Designer Buttons (119743)

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