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The Evolution of a Sweet Stamps Card, POLKA STYLE!!

8 Mar

When it comes to crafting, well card making, I would say I am not intimidated by much.  I have graduated to DIVA level and can SEW on cards, I can paper piece, I can color enough to fake it!  Ok, I have not even 1 COPIC to my name, but I was side swiped by this weeks SWEET STAMPS DT challenge.

Do you want to show me up? Yeah, I am talking to you, CG and Mrs. Analog, I dare you to try this one.  You do realize all the challenges at Sweet Stamps Blog, have a prize?  A $20.00 store gift certificate!  Hmmm, I wonder if I can enter?   Just kidding!

The challenge is to use Vellum on your project.  If you have any Sweet Stamps to use, all the better!

When given this challenge we were introduced to a technique called PARCHMENT CRAFT.  I watched the video, and it seemed easy enough.  Well let me tell you, I think you are either born to EXCEL or NOT EXCEL at this technique.  I had a challenging time, getting this to look beautiful like the cards I’d seen in the videos and pictures I’d seen.

When I call this post THE EVOLUTION of a SWEET STAMPS CARD, that is really what this process was for me.  I had to have input from experts and I had to fine tune this before I was confident enough to post the card and say, “I made this!”

Without further ado, here is my finished product:

The stamp that I used is called FORGET ME NOT HEART -7029.

Parchment Craft as defined by me, to you, is to take a piece of vellum, stamp it, emboss it, turn the vellum over and dry emboss the image from the back.

What happens when you do this, is that you stretch the vellum and when the vellum is stretched, it turns to a darker, opaque white.

The polka dots in the center of my card are the perfect example of what happens to the vellum.

I also did the dry embossing on the area just outside the middle, that is what all my flowers are mixed into.

The white flowers I made were very fun to make.  To get the petals to curl up, I simply stretched them in a curl by dragging my fingernail across the surface.  Think of the way ribbon curls when you run scissors along the surface, well the vellum did the same thing, by just using my hands, NO SCISSORS NEEDED:)

I do think the card turned out to be a very ELEGANT looking card.  Fit for a princess, a bride a mom or a special friend.  If you have not tried parchment craft or crafting with vellum, here is your chance.  You never know if you are going to like something, unless you try it, right?

I would HIGHLY encourage you to go over to the SWEET STAMPS BLOG.  The cards that they have made for this challenge, are pretty much jaw dropping!  Some of them, are masters, I daresay, of this craft!  I would love for you to join along.  Leave a comment and let me know, are you in?

Have a great week, I will be back with a CHEERY LYNN DESIGNS post on Friday, come back and visit then!