One of the highlights of attending the annual Stampin’ Up!® Convention is swapping cards with other demos. I made 300 (with the help of Nancy’s eldest daughter, Danielle) cards to take to the convention again this year. One of my “rules” of card making is that I have to use something different each time whether it be using a new color, stamp set, technique, or tool.
For this card I used two of our new “In Colors®,” from the Stampin’ Up!® 2007 Fall-Winter Idea Book & Catalog. I used Basic Black cardstock for the background, and Blue Bayou for the next layer. I used the jumbo wheel for the tone-on-tone background using the Speckled wheel. For the next set of layers I used Blue Bayou and River Rock. I did the direct to paper technique on the River Rock using Classic River Rock ink pad. This is a very easy technique that yields a beautiful marbled look (I love using this technique that my upline and youngest sister, Nancy, taught me!). Next I stamped the River Rock with the new level two hostess set, Garden Silhouettes©. I stamped the image in River Rock first, and then stamped a second image with VersaMark. I then poured gold embossing powder on the VersaMark ink and heat embossed. Danielle did the heat embossing for me, and then we both inked the edges using a sponge and/or sponge dauber using Blue Bayou. I used the round tab punch for the black tab, and used Gold Encore ink to stamp the word “lovely.”