Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Season of Grace

This card is made with the new set from Stampin' Up! (available TODAY!) called Season of Simple Grace.
All images are stamped in Basic Black, except the verse on the center panel, which is embossed in gold. Here are the materials list and directions for making this card:

  • Basic Black cardstock: 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" and 4 3/8" x 2"
  • Baja Breeze cardstock: 1" x 4"
  • Close to Cocoa cardstock: 2 1/8" x 1 1/2"
  • Kiwi Kiss cardstock: 1 3/4" x 1 1/2"
  • More Mustard cardstock: 4 1/8" x 2 1/8"
  • white cardstock: 4 1/4" x 1 7/8"
  • masking material
  • Gold Glory embossing powder
  • Versamark
  • Embossing Buddy
  • Basic Black classic pad
  • Basic Black marker
  • Dazzling Diamonds glitter
  • Barely Banana marker
  1. Stamp in black: Star in top and center of Baja Breeze; shepherds 1/4" down from top of Close to Cocoa; wise men along bottom 1" of More Mustard.
  2. Clean the shepherd stamp well and make sure it doesn't leave a mark on paper before doing sheep. Make a mask of just the sheep. Color sheep with black marker and stamp on top-left side of Kiwi Kiss. Re-ink and stamp again on right side, slightly lower and mask this sheep. Re-ink and stamp again, level with first sheep and to the left of second sheep. All the sheep fit on the top 1" of the Kiwi Kiss paper.
  3. Use the photo to affix your stamped images to the front of the card.
  4. I put the Dazzling Diamonds in the center of the star with a glue pen.
  5. Stamp the Holy Family in black on the right side of the white cardstock, about 1/4" in and 1/4" up from bottom edge. Color in the faces, hands with Blush Blossom marker and halos with Barely Banana marker. Make a mask for all 3 images on the stamp and place over stamped images.
  6. Sponge around the center of the image with the following inks, working your way out to the edges: Summer Sun, More Mustard, Ruby Red, and Bravo Burgundy. Blend the sponging so that the colors radiate out from the cradle. The Bravo Burgundy takes the most time, but just keep sponging until the paper is all burgundy completely to the left edge of paper. If you want to add a bit darker color on the edges, sponge black in the corners, continuing the circular pattern started.
  7. Remove masks and to make the image "pop" go over the black stamped area of this image only with the fine point end of the black marker.
  8. Wipe the piece with the Embossing Buddy and stamp the verse on the left side, slightly above center with Versamark ink and emboss with gold.
  9. Affix the main image on the black cardstock and place over the center of card as shown in picutre.

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