Today's card was created for the Pals Paper Arts In the Pink Challenge PPA14 to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Karol Harris, and her loving daughter (and PPA Design Team member), Kris Kilcoyne.
I'm also dedicating my post to my very dear friend, Germaine, who is also fighting this battle. I have no doubt that she will win, because she is the smartest and bravest person I know.
The only requirement for this challenge was to use pink, so I made my first pink Christmas card. Here are the supplies I used:
Stamp set: Gifts of Christmas, Pg. 37 #115372
Paper: Whisper White Cardstock (CS), Pg. 155 #100730; Pretty in Pink CS, Pg. 157 #100459; Brushed Gold CS, Pg. 159 #102935
Accessories: Big Shot Die-Cut Machine, Pg. 194 #113439; Petals-A-Plenty Embossing Folder, Holiday Mini-Catalog, Pg. 21 #116824; Oval Scallop Frame Die, Pg. 199 #114521; Hobby Blade, Pg. 191 #102449; Craft & Rubber Scissors, Pg. 191 #103179; Gold Embossing Powder, Pg. 188 #109129; Heat Tool, Pg. 188 #100005; Embossing Buddy, Pg. 188 #103083; VersaMark, Pg. 190 #102283; Pretty in Pink 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Pg. 183 #109032; Snail Adhesive, Pg. 192 #104332; Dazzling Diamonds, Pg. 180 #102023; 2-Way Glue Pen, Pg. 182 #100425; Fine-tip Glue Pen; Stamp-a-ma-jig, Pg. 191 #101049
I first saw this technique of cutting out the oval in a Petals-A-Plenty embossing folder over at Patty's Stamping Spot. The only difference is instead of cutting out the oval on both sides of the embossing folder, I only cut out one side. This has two advantages: First, I'm basically a lazy person, and this is a whole lot easier. And second, I can actually pop the oval back in and emboss the full sheet as intended.
You'll need an oval shape to trace onto the embossing folder. The Oval Scallop Frame die works great if you have one.
Yes, I actually wore "Sharps" gloves when I cut the oval out of the embossing folder. (My husband bought them for me the last time I cut the tip off my finger.)
Insert a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White CS into the embossing folder and run it through the Big Shot. I usually spritz the CS with alcohol before embossing it, but I forgot this time. Still, I think I got a nice crisp texture.
Here is a piece of cardstock I ran through after popping the oval back into my embossing folder. Looks fine to me. Now I can cut a rectangle out of my spare folder!
Dust the embossed CS with the Embossing Buddy and use the Stamp-a-ma-jig to center the image in the oval. Stamp with VersaMark, apply Gold Embossing Powder and heat set.
Now use the 2-Way Glue Pen to fill in the dove. I also used a fine-tipped glue pen to get into the tight areas. Apply Dazzling Diamonds and tap of the excess.
Layer the image piece onto 5-3/8" x 4-1/8" Brushed Gold CS. When I made my card, I attached the embossed piece with Stampin' Dimensionals, but I wasn't thrilled with the results, so I recommend attaching it with Snail Adhesive. (When you're attaching an embossed piece to CS, apply the Snail to the base CS so you don't flatten out the embossed piece.) Wrap Pretty in Pink Grosgrain Ribbon around the layered piece and tie in bow. Attach to the card base with Snail.
We're all done. I hope this tutorial will inspire you to submit your own entry in to PPA's In the Pink Challenge. While you're there, check out the links to other websites for more information on Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Thanks for stopping by.