I did mention how much I LOVE this new "True Friend" set??? And how much I LOVE this new "Apple Cider" double-sided designer series paper???
Okay, let me tell you again....I LOVE THESE PAPERS AND THIS STAMP SET!
And I'm loving bleach right now!
Yesterday, I was messing around with a bleach wash, so I wanted to try a couple new things out today.
I love how bleach totally transforms cardstock....and the best thing is, it's like a surprise when you put bleach to paper. You never really know what color it's going to turn when you first start experimenting with a certain color.
I used Old Olive as my card base and put my bleach to it and it turned it a delicious yellow-green color, reminiscent of a yellow apple. You can see this as a border around the Old Olive card, on the medallion image in the middle and the larger circle mat under the Really Rust medallion.
I was also playing around with the paper, stamps and punches yesterday and realized that one of the images fit my 1 1/4 inch circle punch. I couldn't wait to be able to play with my stamps today so that I could mess around with this concept.
This card reminds me of very bohemian designs, but it's also a little bit a clash with retro colors of the 1970s and the color of the appliances back then. And then I looked a little closer at the medallion image and it reminds me of the Hex signs that you see on barns in the PA Dutch country of Pennsylvania (which is where my husband comes from.....his heritage is actually Amish and Mennonite....long story).
The colors in the Apple Cider pack may be a bit on the muted and warm side, but these are some of my favorite combinations....those earthy fall colors. Those warm retro colors from the 70s. To me, this card screams "HAPPY." Even though it's not bright and zealous...with vibrant primary colors...they are happy colors to me. These colors are "me."
I wanted to put the greeting inside of one of the book plates that comes in the Hodgepodge Hardware Kits but I found that I had to look outside this stamp set to find something that would be small enough to go inside the smallest of the book plates.
Perfect timing on this hostess set, the So Many Sayings set ( a Level 1 set). I got this set a couple weeks ago and it was perfect for that little book plate. I wanted to use the "be happy" greeting from one of the stamps in this set. What I did was turn the stamp over, rubber side up. I then took my Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write Marker and only inked up the "be happy" greeting, then stamped it onto Really Rust cardstock. I trimmed the cardstock to the size of the book plate. I then adhered the Really Rust greeting onto the card base and then attached the book plate over the top of it with mini brads (also from the Hodgepodge Hardware kits).
I wanted to give the card a little more dimension, so instead of just adhering the medallions flat onto the patterned paper strips, I popped them up with some Stampin' Dimensionals (aka: Pop-dots). It added the perfect finishing touch for my card.
I have some more tricks up my sleeve this week, so make sure to check back. :)
Stamps: True Friend (from upcoming Holiday Mini Catalog) set and So Many Sayings set (both from Stampin' UP); Cardstock: Old Olive, Really Rust, Apple Cider Double-Sided Designer Series Paper (from upcoming Holiday Mini Catalog); Ink: Versamark, Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write Marker; Crystal Clear embossing powder; embossing gun; mini brads; 1/16 inch hole punch; 1 1/4 inch circle punch; 1 3/8 inch circle punch; bleach; wide paint brush; book plate; Stampin' Dimensionals