Popping in to share a card I made recently using BRAND NEW Stampin’ Up! products from the Occasions and Sale A Bration 2015 Catalogues. This card was quite difficult to photograph – the card base is actually Blackberry Bliss (it looks black in the photo) and the white layer isn’t plain Whisper White cardstock…it’s actually a new specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP). If you look carefully, the image below better shows the gorgeous pattern – the flowers – from the Irresistibly Yours Specialty DSP, one of the freebies to chose from in the new Sale A Bration catalogue.
This paper is so awesome. In its natural state the paper is white with beautiful embossed images, but when you add colour by sponging/daubering/brayering/spritzing the patterns POP from the page as the embossed areas resist the colour that is applied to the paper. The wonderful thing about this paper is that it comes white so you can easily change it to any colour. Alternatively, the paper can be left as is, which is what I have done for this card. I have used the flower pattern design, however many of the other patterns would have looked just as nice on this card. The DSP pack includes six patterns: flowers, stars, polka dots, leaves/vines, stripes, and scales, pictured below.
To add a little bit of extra flair and pizzazz to the card, as it’s a special birthday card, I have added three elements that are sure to make any card more elegant: gold heat embossing, machine stitching and pearls.
- Gold Heat Embossing The birthday sentiment is embossed in gold, tying in the Brushed Gold cardstock used for the butterfly and the layer that frames the white DSP. You may not recognise the Happy Birthday sentiment…that’s because it’s from a beautiful new set called Butterfly Basics which coordinates with the Butterfly Thinlits. I love the font of this sentiment and am sure this stamp will be used A LOT.
- Machine Stitching I adore the look of machine stitching on cards and scrapbook layouts but hadn’t tried it before because I didn’t know how to use the sewing machine *GASP*. Well, that and it was a bit of a pain to drag out and set up. BUT, all that is about to change. I am hoping to incorporate stitching into more cards and layouts, I’ve even sewn on a few Project Life cards that I plan on using in my Documenting December/Daily December album. I just need to get the hang of threading the bobbin without Mum’s help 😛
- Pearls The tiny pearls from the Basics Pearls Pack are the perfect accent to add a little dimension without too much bulk. I’ve arranged the pearls so they look like a flight trail, linking the sentiment and the butterfly while creating interest in an otherwise blank spot on the card.
That’s today’s card. I hope you enjoyed getting a little sneak peak at some of the upcoming products from the 2015 Occasions and Sale A Bration Catalogues. If you would like to see more, why not come along to our Catalogue Launch on January 6 where we will be showcasing and displaying lots of new products. You will also have the opportunity to play with these new products, creating a few make and takes. All the details are available here. Hope to see you there.
Rachel and Katie xx