Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Eastern Blooms Meets Melon Mambo

Stampin' Up! Eastern Blooms Stamp Set Card Idea

Heat embossing is one of my favorite techniques. Watching the powder melt and rise under the heat is super cool in my book. Then, it seems you just can't help but want to TOUCH an embossed image. The added texture looks great and seems to invite you to run your fingers over it. Are you with me on this one?!

Stampin' Up! Custom-Colored Embossing Powder in Melon Mambo

One of my favorite stamps to heat emboss is the (retiring) Eastern Blooms stamp set by Stampin' Up! With several solid images to choose from, it's a perfect choice for heat embossing. I gave it a go with Melon Mambo - one of Stampin' Up!'s new custom-colored embossing powders and I love how it turned out.

Eastern Blooms Stamp Set + Melon Mambo Embossing Powder

The color combo on this card is Melon Mambo, Basic Black and Sahara Sand. I really like Sahara Sand and use it quite a bit. It's a great neutral to have on hand; sometimes Crumb Cake (Kraft) just doesn't cut it. (I know ... bad pun. Hee!)

I created interesting elements for the card using the Top Note Die (for the Big Shot) and the Decorative Label Punch - but cut away half of each one and layered them.

Stretching Your Craft Supplies

Are you looking for some easy ways to stretch your craft supplies?  I've got a couple of sneaky tricks to show you.

For cards that use several layers, you can stretch your card stock by cutting out "the middle man", so to speak. Let's say your card will have a Sahara Sand base, followed by a layer of Melon Mambo and topped off with a layer of Basic Black. That Melon Mambo layer in the middle isn't doing much under there, is it? It's really just acting as a frame for the Basic Black layer. Right? So why not actually make a frame and save the center piece of card stock.

Craft Supplies Tips and Tricks

It's so easy. Simply cut the layer to the appropriate size for your card. Then, using your paper trimmer, cut out most of the center area of the layer. Just be sure not to cut out too much from the center. The piece you cut out should be slightly smaller than the size of the next layer. Use the cut out center to create embellishments for your card or save it for another project. In this project, you could actually use that center piece to create the Top Note die-cut piece!

Card Stock Saving Tips and Tricks
I did a similar trick to cut the Melon Mambo Decorative Label. After cutting the Top Note piece in half for my card, I punched out the Decorative Label half I needed from that same Top Note piece. Because it's just being used as a layer, it doesn't show. Not only is this a great way to save on card stock, it lightens up the overall weight of your card too!

Save card stock using this trick

Last Chance Alert! The Eastern Blooms stamp set will retire on June 30. If you don't already own it, now is your last chance to get it. To see the full list of retiring Stampin' Up! products, including stamp sets, accessories, and Definitely Decorative Home Decor GO HERE.

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All Supplies Stampin' Up!
Stamps: Eastern Blooms (111626),  Fabulous Phrases (W-117002,  C-120501)
Ink: VersaMark (102283), Basic Black (101179)
Paper: Sahara Sand (121043), Melon Mambo (115320),  Basic Black (121045)
Tools: Heat Tool (100005),  Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439),  Top Note Die (113463),  Decorative Label Punch (120907)
Accessories: Melon Mambo Emboss Powder (123223), Basic Black 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon (109027), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

Eastern Blooms Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!
Eastern Blooms Stamp Set

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