Too Kind Two-Step Recessed Window Card


Hi Stamping Friends!

Today, I've been playing with a stamp set that creates instant pretty in just a few steps—the Too Kind two-step stamp set! 

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I've also been playing around with different color combinations using the new In Colors, and I thought this one was particularly striking!  I used Pistachio Pudding and Crisp Cantaloupe with darker Always Artichoke and Primrose Petals.  

Wow Techniques Class—This is just one of the lovely cards we'll be creating at my Wow Techniques Class next Friday, July 12, 2013, at 6:30pm.  See details on my Calendar of EventsRSVP by Thursday, July 11, at 5pm.

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I started with a Pistachio Pudding card base, then layered on a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White for the foundation. 

TIP: Although I tried actually stamping on this white card stock base layer, I quickly learned that I
wasn't very good at lining up the background stamping with the die-cut, recessed
window that would go on top.  To make it easier, I ended up stamping on a separate piece of white, so I could position the framelit exactly where I wanted it, then adhere the stamped layer through the window later.  

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I cut a 3-3/4" piece of Pistachio Pudding card stock and decorated it with a
3-3/4" x 3" piece of Pistachio Pudding Designer Series Paper from the
2013-2015 In Color DSP Stack.  To create the recessed window, I used the Deco Labels Collection Framelits to cut a window in the DSP layer.

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Before adhering the window to the card front, I attached a 3-3/4" x 1/2" strip of Always Artichoke card stock along the bottom, and accented it with a bit of Crisp Cantaloupe Ruffle Stretch Trim. 

Then, I added A TON of Dimensionals all over the back and adhered it to the card front.

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Next came the two-step stamping!  "Two-step" simply means that the images are designed to stamp in layers to easily create multicolor images with two or more stamps. 

First, I stamped the stems in Always Artichoke.  Then I added the first bold layer of flowers in Crisp Canteloupe ink. And, finally, I added the darker detailed images over the top in Primrose Petals, giving it instant depth and shading. 

TIP: For perfect alignment, I recommend using the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig tool. 

Since I had clear-mount stamps, I simply eye-balled the images.  These images are pretty forgiving when it comes to accuracy, so even though mine aren't perfect, I think they still turned out fine.

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I finished off the card with a Banner Greetings Hostess set sentiment in Always Artichoke. (Do you remember me saying how much I loved the Hostess sets this year?  I do!) 

The card was screaming out for some Pearl Jewels accents, so I added some on the diagonal at the corner. 

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It would have been even more difficult to line up the stamping and window opening on this version.  The window is off to the right and the stems would have stamped off the edge of the card stock had I stamped on the background layer. 

Stamping and die-cutting the inside layer separately allowed me to easily leave room for the sentiment. 

TIP: After adhering the die-cut through the window, I slipped my Paper Piercing Tool underneath the window's edge and carefully went all the way around the edge to push down the inside layer for a clean recessed look. 

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