Hi! My name is Alishia and I am a KraftaholicMommy!
It is another rainy, stormy day here in Florida. I have been watching the weather a bit more, looks like a tropical system is trying to make a little something. Horrible timing, my cousin is getting married this upcoming weekend. Girl, I am praying that there is a break at least for the wedding.
Speaking of a wonderful wedding. I am unfortunately unable to attend the wedding. However, I was more than happy to break into the paper crafting supplies to make a pretty sweet card.
I made this card while splitting up my time working on a few other projects. I was on a kick of working with embossing powder. I found in one of my sentiment stamp sets, a beautiful “Mr. & Mrs.” stamp. I thought it would look nice in gold. So, I stamped the sentiment with VersaMark on a nice bright white scrap piece of card stock. I placed my stamped piece on a super clean piece of paper. I poured my gold embossing powder over my stamped image.
Time for a quick intermission to discuss a tip. To keep your embossing powder that you shake off, I find that if you take the time to rub your embossing buddy on my catch all paper. This enables all of the static to be removed from the paper, allowing all of the excess embossing powder to go back into the jar. I also take the time to pour my excess back into the container before I move on to the next step.
While I used my embossing buddy on my catching paper, I did not use my embossing buddy on my paper with the stamped image. I wanted to see how the added specks of embossing powder would look. I had done this technique with the little stars that I made for my mom’s birthday party. I began to use my heat tool. Now, if you have never used a heat tool before, please use caution with this beast. It doesn’t blow as hard as a hair dryer, but it gets far hotter than a hair dryer. When you are using this, point it kind of at angle. Don’t hold it too close to your paper, it will cause the embossing powder to burn. If it burns, trust me, it ain’t pretty. Also, keep moving it around the paper. Don’t keep it held at one spot. This process will move quickly. Once you notice the embossing powder melting, move your heat tool in a bit of a circle motion a bit quicker.
I then took my freshly embossed image and ran it through my BigKick with a simple circle thinlit. I took a nice black piece of scrap paper and ran that through my BigKick with the next size circle. I wanted to use a scallop circle, I thought it would give it a bit more of a fancy look. I started looking through my paper and found a beautiful maroon glitter paper. I ran that through my BigKick as well. When I adhered those pieces together, I felt that the image was a bit plain, so I took a tiny rhinestone and added it to the end of the “Mrs.” in the stamp. I loved it.
For the card itself, I have a base of maroon measuring, 8.5 inches by 5.5 inches. I scored and folded my paper on the 8.5 inch side, at 4.25 inches. On the next few colors, I cut two of each; one on the inside, and one on the front of my card. First up, the black piece of paper measures 4 inches by 5.25 inches. Next, is the maroon, measuring 3.75 inches by 5 inches. Finally, the white piece measures, 3.5 inches by 4.75 inches.
On the white papers, I did some stamping. Using Stampin’ Up’s retired stamp set, “Flowers of Gratitude,” and some amazing StayzOn Jet Black Ink to stamp a beautiful flower in each of the corners of the first piece. This piece was then added to the front of the card. I then did the same for the inside of the card. Because I am probably the worst at writing a sweet message inside cards, I have a tip for people like me. Every piece of paper has two sides. I took the time to write my message before I adhere the paper to the card. If I mess up and have to start over, I don’t have a hideous blob of white out on my hard work. I am able to flip the paper over and try again.
There is one thing that I like to do with all of my cards. I love to stamp my envelope. I like it’s ability to tie the envelope with the card inside. Therefore, I stamped the same flower on the outside of the card. I love these pretty little flowers!!
The amazing part of making this card, it was thinking of the couple that will be receiving it. My cousin and I are only nine months to the day apart. She and I went to the same middle and high school. I remember growing up with her and her brother. I couldn’t help but think of the funny things we did as kids. I kept thinking of all of the great memories we had. I remember sharing our graduation party together, how our great grandmother was able to make it. I could not help but think about how amazing it is that we went to high school with her amazing groom. He was a funny guy in school, always in a good mood and cracking jokes. I am truly happy that they found each other as adults and are getting ready to spend the rest of their lives together. Whenever a couple gets married, it truly is a beautiful blessing. I wish you both all of the best and I pray that God blesses your marriage. My sweet cousin, I wish you the absolute best on your big day! I know you are going to look stunning and have an amazing day. I love you to pieces!!
This card was absolutely a treat to make. I was able to use several items that I absolutely love. I love working on projects like this, not only because I am doing what I love, but I get to think about how happy this card will hopefully make the person receiving it. It is such a blessing to do things like this.
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