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This stamp set really called to me when I made this card on Saturday. I wanted to use fairly bright but soft colours and lots of layering, I am really starting to enjoy these more ‘fussy’ cards. The stamp set has got co-ordinating dies which have been available and ‘may’ be available again soon but everything can be fussy cut too, if you are in to that kind of thing!

I’m not going to give you a full step by step today, but look closely and you will see some of the detail I have added. I have used every stamp in the set bar one for this card, in Coastal Cabana and Flirty Flamingo (second generation stamping).

There are, however, a couple of unusual techniques that I wanted to share with you. The most obvious is brayering, which is how I made my background. Lightly rolling colour on and gradiating it from bold too subtle. The next two techniques both involve embossing powder, and were both new to me! I was playing around with it and thinking about ways I could use it and came up with these two, though I am sure they are not new.

Firstly, I wanted some splashes of silver on my background, so I used an aqua painter to drip some drops of water on and then sprinkled the embossing powder on and heat set it. This one took a bit of practice because the water has to stay wet long enough for you to heat emboss otherwise the powder will just blow away. For this reason it works best with big drops, though this wasn’t really the look I was going for.

The second embossing technique I used was heat embossing onto silver foil card. It worked AMAZINGLY! I haven’t seen this done before but with the Stampin’ Up! Foil Card the embossing was super easy and really looks effective. I just followed the normal technique for heat embossing, but do be a little careful when stamping the image to make sure that the stamp doesn’t slide when you place it onto the silver foil card.

I stamped one of the greetings and then fussy cut it out. I really like the look of doing this and it is definitely something I might do more of. I layered all of my elements together and it ended up the perfect size for one of our small notecards, which I decorated the inside of using the butterfly in second generation Flirty Flamingo. I stamped the envelope to match too, as I do think that it gives a nice effect.

I hope you like my card and have a go at these techniques. Don’t forget that my online store is still open for business so if there is anything that you need you can just click on the links below and have the items shipped directly to you at home. My heartfelt thanks go out to Stampin’ Up! and to UPS for continuing to provide for our crafting community.

Until next time, stay safe and look after yourselves, Heather xx

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