Beautiful Friendship: Beginner, Casual & Avid Cards

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Through their more than 30 years in business, Stampin' Up! has discovered that there are three types of stampers: the beginner, the casual stamper and the avid stamper.  The beginner is new to the hobby, has only limited supplies and is just learning basic stamping techniques. The casual stamper likes to create occasionally and for specific purposes like making cards for a special birthday or for Christmas. The avid stamper loves to stamp all the time, collects products and searches out new project ideas and techniques.  Which category do YOU fall into?
Today, I created a Beautiful Friendship card for each of the three stamper types!  Let me know what you think!
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Beautiful Friendship Beginner Stamper Card

When you're new to stamping, it's important to stick with the basics—stamps, ink, paper!  The amazing images in the Beautiful Friendship stamp set allow you to create a stunning card without all the layers, accents & frills!   

Background Basics—I started with a 5" x 3-3/4" piece of Whisper White cardstock and created a stamped bouquet for the focal point.  First, I stamped the large floral cluster image in Highland Heather ink near the center of the piece. Then, I stamped the three rose images in Rococo Rose ink around the first flower.  I finished the bouquet by stamping a few leaves in Pear Pizzazz ink.

Sentiment & Layers—I stamped the Beautiful Friendship sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, tucked close to the flowers.  To finish, I adhered the stamped layer to a 5-1/8" x 3-7/8" piece of Basic Black cardstock, then mounted it onto a Thick Whisper White card base.  

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Beautiful Friendship Casual Stamper Card

A casual stamper likely has most of the stamping basics already and likes to add some extra flourishes to their cards by using punches and pretty accents.  They love to learn new techniques that they can use with items that they have on hand. Punches are a fun way to add layers and interest without having to invest in a machine for die-cutting.  This card takes the simple style of the first card and steps it up with some touches of texture and dimension.

Background Basics—This time, the 5" x 3-3/4" Whisper White layer has a few more flowers in the bouquet.  There are two Highland Heather flower clusters, as well as the addition of another larger rose in Seaside Spray ink.  Like the first card, the layer is matted onto a 5-1/8" x 3-7/8" piece of Basic Black.

Terrific Texture—For a little texture, I wrapped some Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon around the layers before adhering them to the Highland Heather card base.

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Sweet Sentiment—This time, the Beautiful Friendship sentiment was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto Seaside Spray cardstock, punched with the Timeless Label Punch and popped up with Dimensionals.

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Beautiful Friendship Avid Stamper Card

The avid stamper loves getting creative with their cards, adding layers, textures, and cool accents.  Their stamping collection includes lots of fun & versatile products that can be combined for a wide variety of looks. While they still may enjoy making quick & simple cards, they love experimenting with the colors, patterns, shapes and bling they have at their fingertips!  This card takes the basic stamping from the first two cards and makes it just one of the eye-catching elements. There are several "Too Cool" techniques spotlighted, too.

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Background Basics—This one starts by embossing a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Seaside Spray cardstock with the Layered Leaves embossing folder and mounting it to a Seaside Spray card base.  

Stamped Panel—The Beautiful Friendship flowers are stamped on a 2-1/4" x 5-1/4" panel of Whisper White this time, then adhered to a 2-3/8" x 5-1/4" layer of Black Foil and mounted onto the card front.  A skinny 4" x 1/2" strip of Black Foil was added across the bottom to create a shiny foundation for the sentiment.

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Sweet Sentiment—The Beautiful Friendship sentiment was stamped in VersaMark ink onto Whisper White, sprinkled with Black Embossing Powder and heat-set with a Heat Tool until glossy & smooth.  I love how the shine in the embossing complements the shine of the Black Foil!  

The sentiment was die-cut using a Rectangle Stitched die and the double-cut technique. The sentiment was positioned to the left side of the die for the first pass through the die-cutting machine. Then, the die was re-positioned to cut close to the right side of the sentiment for the second pass through. The result is a shape that is smaller than the original shape of the die!  It's popped up over the foil strip with Dimensionals.

Finishing Touches—I tied some Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon around the card front for some soft texture. Finally, I colored two Rhinestone Jewels with the Dark Basic Black Stampin' Blends Marker and attached them under the sentiment.

How fun!  Which card is most like your style?

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