Monday, November 12, 2012

Autumn En Français Card

Emboss resist card with Stampin' Up! En Francais Stamp Set

OoLaLa! Isn't the En Français background stamp just gorgeous? I love the beautiful French script. The larger background stamps are great for so many projects: cards, scrapbooking layouts, journals, and even tags.

Today's card features the emboss resist technique, which I've used (and shown here) before, but with a twist, since it uses the background stamp in the ... well, background. Hee!

How to create this look:
  • Stamp the background stamp onto card stock. I used Early Espresso ink on Very Vanilla card stock.
  • Punch or die-cut a shape from a piece of copy paper. I used the Autumn Accents Bigz Die and the Big Shot.
Creating a leaf shaped mask for the embossing
  • Use the negative piece of die-cut paper as a mask to cover the stamped piece. Press a VersaMark pad directly onto the project, ensuring that only the exposed card stock inside the shape gets plenty of VersaMark ink.
  • Remove the mask, sprinkle the project with clear embossing powder, and tap off the excess.
  • Heat the powder, using a Heat Tool, until the powder melts and turns shiny.
  • Sponge around the edges of the embossed shape.
  • Wipe the embossed area with a tissue or paper towel to remove any ink residue.

To complete the card, I tied the embossed panel with Cherry Cobbler Tulle Ribbon and mounted it to a layer of Early Espresso card stock. This piece was layered onto a panel of patterned paper from the Comfort Cafe Designer Series Paper collection. It is finished with a strip of Champagne Glimmer Paper die-cut using the Large Scallop Edgelit. The Early Espresso card base is lined on the inside with a panel of Very Vanilla card stock.



As is, this card can be used to simply write a quick note with no specific occasion in mind. I can easily turn it into a thank you, birthday, thinking of you, get well, or sympathy card by adding the appropriate stamp on the inside. (The Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set is perfect for this.)  I can also easily customize the card a bit more by creating a small stamped tag for the front and tying it to the main ribbon using Linen Thread or Baker's Twine.

I like to have a few of these prepared cards on hand to customize for any occasion on a moments notice. The majority of the work is done and it only takes a few minutes to complete the card!

xoxo

 
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Today's project featured the following Stampin' Up! products:
Stamps: En Français (109521)
Ink: Early Espresso (126974), More Mustard (126964), Cherry Cobbler (126966), Old Olive (126953), VersaMark (102283)
Paper: Early Expresso (119686), Very Vanilla (101650), Champagne Glimmer Paper (127885), Comfort Cafe Designer Series Paper (126898)
Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439), Autumn Accents Bigz Die (127812), Large Scallop Edgelits (127019), Heat Tool (129053), Clear Embossing Powder (109130), Stamping Sponges (101610), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)
Accessories: Cherry Cobbler 3-1/2" Scalloped Tulle Ribbon (127841)

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