Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Faith in Nature

Faith in Nature Card of Encouragement

The Faith in Nature stamp set is one of Stampin' Up!'s exclusive hostess reward sets and it is just beautiful. It features delicate lines with a subtle script background, and it's pretty enough to just stamp on its own or dress it up with a touch of watercoloring.

The background panel was embossed with the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, layered on the card base with Dimensionals, and the entire card base was spritzed with Soft Suede ink. The flower image was stamped and clear embossed, before lightly watercoloring. This process was done twice, with one flower hand cut to layer on top. The top flower was trimmed slightly smaller than the original and the ends slightly curled under. Smooch Illuminate Top Coat gives it just a hint of pearlized shimmer (doesn't show up well in the photos). The flower center was attached with a Dimensional and adorned with a single tiny pearl. The entire piece was sponged with Soft Suede and very lightly spritzed with Soft Suede, Pool Party and Daffodil Delight.

Flower Detail Faith in Nature Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

HIP TIP: To emboss the image in Soft Suede (or any other color), it is possible to stamp normally with classic ink and then immediately cover with clear embossing powder (before the ink dries). This technique works best with a more solid type image. As an alternative, ink the image using VersaMark first, then tap the stamp on the Soft Suede ink pad and stamp onto paper. Cover with clear embossing powder, tap off excess, and melt using  the Heat Tool.

Inspiring Quotes Handmade Card Ideas

The sentiment was inked using Soft Suede and Pool Party Stampin' Write Markers to highlight the emphasized words. The piece was sponged with Soft Suede, distressed at the corners just slightly and lightly spritzed to match the floral piece. Behind the sentiment are two Decorative Labels (punched) side by side. To cover the overlap and add decorative interest I cut two flowers from a strip punched with the Lace Ribbon Border Punch.

Tying it all together, I wrapped Soft Suede Taffeta Ribbon around the card panel and added a bow tied with wisps of Crochet Trim, Daffodil Delight narrow taffeta ribbon and Pool Party Ruffled ribbon.

In Loving Memory
this card is dedicated
to my dear friend
Gay Lewis
12/26/58 - 03/10/12


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Today's project featured the following Stampin' Up! products:
Stamps: Faith in Nature Hostess Set (W-122490, C-122492)
Ink: Pool Party (122938), VersaMark (102283), and Daffodil Delight (119677), Soft Suede (120973), and Pool Party (123002) Stampin' Write Markers
Paper: Pool Party (122924), Soft Suede (115318), Very Vanilla (101650), 12" x 12" Textured Card Stock - Neutrals Assort. (121078)
Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (120175), Color Spritzer Tool (107066), Aqua Painter (103954), Heat Tool (100005), Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder (109130), Sponge Daubers (102892), Decorative Label Punch (120907), Lace Ribbon Border Punch (122362)
Accessories: Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Pearls Basic Jewels (119247), Smooch Illuminate Top Coat (121084), Soft Suede 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon (122967), Pool Party 3/8" Ruffled Ribbon (122975), Victoria 5/8" Crochet Trim (118481), Daffodil Delight 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon (119254)

Faith in Nature Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!


  1. Gayle, this is an extremely beautiful card! I love the way you've coloured the flower, and added shimmer. The Modern Label punched mat for the sentiment is genius - love it! Gorgeous card, and I'm sorry you've recently lost a dear friend.

  2. Wow!!! This is so pretty. I have that set and have always been at a loss for ideas. Thank you for sharing! XO, Mimi

  3. Beautiful card with gorgeous colors!

  4. Exquisite. I love the colors you chose.


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