As promised, here are the other two cards from a class I taught at a scrapbooking weekend I helped run with some other Stampin' Up! demonstrators recently. I taught the class with another demonstrator, and shared the cards of my design in my previous post. The two cards I'm sharing here were Melissa's contribution to the class. After we taught the class, we sat down and made each other's cards, which was a nice treat for both of us.
Melissa borrowed the design of the first card from none other than Shelli Gardner, the co-founder and CEO of Stampin' Up!. Hey, if you're going to copy, do it from the best! This card was really fun to make because we used one of the stencils from the Definitely Decorative catalog (it's from the Elegant Trio on page 11). I haven't paid much attention to the stencils, but think I'll be correcting that soon! We held the stencil in place, and brayered over it with Versamark ink. You've got to press pretty hard to get the Versamark down into all of the openings. Then, we heat embossed with clear embossing powder. After that, we sponged Pretty in Pink and Close to Cocoa around the flower with sponge daubers. The ink does not stick to the embossed image, and wipes right off.
The background was stamped with the Vintage Vogue stamp set that's in the Occasions mini catalog. In keeping with the distressed, vintage look of the card, the images were stamped off (a technique where you ink up the stamp, stamp it onto scrap paper and then onto your project. This results in a less strong, slightly faded image). I forgot to stamp off once, so then did so again in the opposite corner so that it looked intentional. The distressed look was completed by tearing the corners and sponging around the outside of the paper with the sponge dauber. The card is finished off with half-back pearls from the Pretties Kit and a pretty soft pink button from the Sherbet designer button set. Here's a link to the original card on Shelli's blog - it's worth a peek, as there are some fun elements not included on this card.
Melissa's second card used the Sweetheart stamp set and the heart shaped treat cups. It features a "trap door" so that the treats can be removed without removing the card. As you can see from this card, this set and the heart shaped cup aren't limited to Valentine's Day. You can learn more about these items (which don't appear in a catalog) here. I used these for my Valentine's cards, and snapped extra photos along the way for a tutorial. I'll put that together soon to share with you!
Here's a picture of the trap door inside the card. Clever - my trap doors have always been part of the card front. It's nice to try them out in a different location:
I won't supply complete recipes here, as these cards are not "mine", even though I made them. I was pretty specific in the text about much of the material. If you have questions about the material or techniques used, feel free to shoot me an email or ask your question in a comment.
Check back, as I'll be belatedly sharing my Valentine cards with you, along with a tutorial on the 'trap doors'! The tutorial might take me a bit of time, but I've also got tons of samples using the Sweet Pea Paper stack and more to share!