It’s been a beautiful autumn; hasn’t it?! I love the rich fall colors and never tire of using them in my designs. This week’s SUO challenge is titled “The Treats the Thing.” I decided to make a favor that could couple as a place card setting for a Thanksgiving dinner table. I happened across a tutorial by Julie Davison for this little card box with a drawer design and decided it would work beautifully for the favor I was envisioning. I used a piece of 3” x 12” Old Olive as my base and ran my Speckled Jumbo Wheel across the flat base with Early Espresso ink. The base was scored at 3”, 4”, 7”, 8” and 11.” I stamped my greeting on the interior flap and then simply folded the score lines to form the container for the drawer; a single strip of red line on the end tab holds the box together.
The drawer was formed from a 2-1/4” square piece which was scored at one inch on each side and then assembled. The drawer holds 6 Hershey nuggets.
For the image I stamped the flowers from Just Believe with Versamark onto a piece of Very Vanilla and then used clear embossing powder to emboss the image. When stamping, I was careful to leave an open space so that a name could be written onto the favor and used as a place card at the Thanksgiving dinner table. Next, I simply inked up three sponges with Old Olive, Crushed Curry and Cajun Craze and sponged the colors in a circular motion across the image. To add a finishing touch to the drawer; I punched a 1-1/4″ circle and mounted it onto the drawer with adhesive, then added a Cajun Craze candy dot to serve as a mock drawer handle.
STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): Just Believe, Speckled Jumbo Wheel
STAMPIN UP INK: Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Old Olive,Versamark
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Old Olive, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla
ACCESSORIES: Clear embossing powder, heat tool, sponges, Old Olive ribbon, candy dot brad, Cajun Craze candy dot, 1-1/4” circle punch
Just Add Ink’s challenge this week was to “Just add watercolor!” I was in the mood to try something a bit different, so I chose my 1” acrylic block to create my background. Next I envisioned an orchard on a sunny day and chose my colors accordingly. Each row was stamped with varying colors:
- Row 1: Marina Mist
- Row 2: Marina Mist and Pool Party
- Row 3: Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive
- Row 4: Old Olive
After inking the block each time, I lightly spritzed water on the ink and then stamped the block onto my Whisper White. I was intentional in not fully covering my block with ink, so that I’d have some white spaces for a cloud effect. The tabs to the left of the image were made by running two thin strips through the Arrows EF, then a punched mini circle, topped with a candy dot, nestled into the embossed arrow. I had fun with this technique and learned in the process. Next time, I believe I will scoot my inked columns a bit closer together.
STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): Thoughts and Prayers, Just Believe
STAMPIN UP INK: Marina Mist, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Marina Mist CS and DSP, Basic Black, Whisper White
ACCESSORIES: Candy Dots, Arrows Textured EF, 1-inch acrylic block, spritzer bottle with water, mini circle punch, Word Window punch, Modern Label punch, dimensionals
This card was inspired by my friend, Cindy of Cindy Lee Bee Designs, who introduced me to color embossing the dahlia at one of her classes last year. Guess what stamp I ordered when I got home that night?! Right, you are!!! Regarding Dahlias has been a beautiful addition to my stamp collection. This card uses Dynamic Duos challenge colors of Melon Mambo and Basic Black. The layout is the Paper Players 180 Sketch Challenge.
While the card is quite straightforward, one tip I do have to offer for new stampers is to create a “channel” for your tag, so that the tag remains centered on the card. Simply lay the tag in the desired position on the back of the cardstock matte, then place a piece of red line tape onto the matte ¼” above and ¼” below the tag, place another piece on the matte where you want the tag to stop when it’s in resting position. These three pieces of red line tape form the sliding track for your tag.
STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): Regarding Dahlias
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Basic Black, Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Basic Black DSP
STAMPIN UP INK: Versamark
ACCESSORIES: Melon Mambo and Black embossing powder, heat tool, Melon Mambo ¼ ribbon, Scalloped Tag Topper punch, Basic Black candy dots, snail, red line tape, dust buddy