Wednesday, February 9, 2011

With Sympathy...

 Well, Mr. Brown did not show up with my Stampin' Up package last night so I had to do some improvising for my class coming up this Friday night. The box is scheduled to be delivered today, which wouldn't be a big deal, except that I am on call and won't be home until tomorrow afternoon, when I will brain dead. Digital stamps to the rescue!

Stampin' Up got into the digital frenzy last year when it brought out it's own program called "My Digital Studio" which makes it easy for people who have never used digital software to create cards, calendars, etc or use the digital elements to make a "hybrid" project  (digital and real elements) as I have here. The nice thing about digi stamps, paper, etc is that once you purchase them, you can download and use them immediately, with no shipping charge- gotta love instant gratification!

For this card, I digitally "stamped" the main flower image from a set called "Elements of Style" on my digital workspace in Soft Suede and printed it Very Vanilla card stock. The image was colored with an aquapainter using Blushing Bride, Pear Pizazz and Close to Cocoa ink refills which gives it a soft watercolor look. The main image was cut out with an oval nested die and sponged with Close to Cocoa with the die in place to leave a clear edge.

 I used some paper from a retired pack called "Parisian Breeze" for the background and layered a piece of Blushing Bride card stock which was run through the "Vintage Wallpaper" embossing folder on my Sizzix machine to give it a shabby-chic look. One of the really nice things about digi stamps is that you can size  and print them anyway you want. The greeting on this card turned out a bit too large for where I wanted to put it the first time, so I made it smaller and printed it again- perfect! A little Vanilla seam binding ribbon tied in a double bow finishes it off.

The inside was finished pretty simply with some matching patterned paper and a simple greeting. I need a few sympathy cards, unfortunately, but this could also be used for a Mother's Day or a special friend's birthday.

If you're coming to my class Friday night, we'll be making this beauty!

Stamps: Elements of Style (digital)
Paper: Parisian Breeze, Kraft, Very Vanilla, Blushing Bride
Ink: Blushing Bride, Pear Pizazz, Close to Cocoa; Soft Suede (on computer)
Accessories: Aquapainter, Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, scallop edge punch, 1-3/8" circle punch, Sizzix machine, Vanilla seam binding ribbon


  1. Heidi, this is really elegant and beautiful.

  2. Thanks for your lovely comment, Susie!

  3. This is a beautiful and thoughtful card.