6 Days Left: Goodbye Bloomin’ Beautiful

Bloomin Beautiful shimmer white 1  
Bloomin Beautiful shimmer white 2

Today we are bidding adieu to the retiring Bloomin' Beautiful set.  This is such a pretty card in person, because it's made with Shimmer White card stock.  When I'm wanting a white card stock base, I like to use this (or one of the Naturals or Confetti colors) rather than Whisper White or Very Vanilla because it's a little bit thicker and sturdier. 

I'm really liking the look of embossed card stock layered on the same color card stock.  I used the new Vintage Wallpaper Impressions Folder from the upcoming catalog (request your copy today).  I even added some simple score lines with my Bone Folder to frame the focal point—very elegant!

Bloomin beautiful I111490F Card Details:
The Bloomin' Beautiful flower is stamped with Black StazOn and colored with Bashful Blue and retiring Mellow Moss and Almost Amethyst markers.  I also stamped the "blossom" definition stamp with Amethyst on the background (without masking), and sponged the same color on the edges to make it stand out.  

I'm really gonna miss the retiring Taffeta Ribbon…*sniff*  I used the Mellow Moss color here in two ways (Can you believe I didn't just tie and trim like usual?  I know!).  The first card has a piece of ribbon wrapping around the card (adhered to the back), and a separate bunny-ear-tied bow attached with a Glue Dot

The second card has the same wrap-around ribbon, with a two-part bow.  I adhered the ends of the ribbon to the center, basically folding the ribbon into a simple bow shape.  Then I wrapped a separate small piece of ribbon around the center three times, adhering the end to the back, then attached the whole bow with a Glue Dot.

Punches - shorten Punch Trick:
  Did you know that there are certain punches that you can use to create shapes that are shorter or smaller than the actual punch size? 

For example, take my sentiments (card #1 from Tiny Tags, card #2 from Oval All).  I used the Word Window Punch to make the rounded corner shape, but they are much smaller than the actual punch size.

It's easy to do!  Stamp your image, then punch it out closer to one edge of the punch.  Next, add a scrap piece of paper inside your punch (I used a piece of Kraft card stock here).  Insert your punched shape into the back of the punch. The scrap card stock will help guide the edge of your shape out the side.  Then, take out your scrap piece, and punch! 

You can do this shortening trick with a variety of punches for interesting results.  I've found it works best on punches that have straight (equal width) sides, like the Tag Punches, or any of the Square Punches.  It also works well with the Scallop shapes and the Curly Label Punch.  Circle or Oval shapes aren't as pretty, but you can get some nice leaf or petal shapes (in all sizes) from these by using the same technique.  The 5-Petal Flower Punch also gets you some nice leaf/petal shapes.  Try it!


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