Best Year Ever

Wow, I can’t believe we’re already less than 10 days away from the launch of the next Stamp of Approval collection from Catherine Pooler! Sneaks peeks of the new collection will actually start on Friday, April 15, and the collection will be available for sale on Wednesday, April 20. Since my mind has been on the new collection, I thought I would pull out some of my stamps and dies from the previous collection to give them some love.

Mel's Card Corner | Best Year Ever

To start my card, I took a scrap piece of white cardstock and stamped my wonky cake layers using the Bring on the Cake stamp set from Sugar Pea Designs for Stamp of Approval.  The cake in the set is a layering set of stamps which creates a really fun look.

For the bottom cake layer, I stamped the solid image using Pool Party ink from Stampin’ Up!®. To keep the color really soft and pastel, I stamped off first, but then stamped the image a second time, again stamping off first. I used my Mini MISTI for this step to help keep everything lined up perfectly. I repeated this process for the middle layer using Blushing Bride ink and the top layer using Wisteria Wonder ink. In retrospect, it probably would have been easier to just use cardstock instead of doing all the stamping off, especially since I ended up with nearly the exact same color. LOL

Next, I took the decorative element layering stamps from the set and stamped each one on the accompanying base layer using VersaMark ink. I heat embossed it using some Icicle Shimmer embossing powder from Brutus Monroe. This was my first time using it and I’m completely smitten with it. It’s the prettiest shimmering embossing powder I think I’ve ever used. I think I may need to buy a vat of it. LOL

One my cake layers cooled off, I die cut each of them using the coordinating die set. While I was at my Big Shot, I also die cut the scalloped rectangle using Blushing Bride cardstock. I decided I wanted to inlay the stitched rectangle into the scalloped rectangle rather than layering it on top. To achieve this, I die cut a stitched rectangle out of the middle of the Blushing Bride scalloped rectangle which created a frame. I then die cut the stitched rectangle again from some Whisper White cardstock.

Mel's Card Corner | Best Year Ever

To add a little interested to my stitched rectangle, I decided to add a bit of background stamping to it. I used a couple of the decorative images from the Young at Heart stamp set from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps exclusively for Stamp of Approval using the same ink colors as my cake layers. Once again, to keep things soft and pastel, I stamped off each time before stamping on my rectangle.

Next, I stamped my sentiment in the upper right corner of the rectangle using Raven Detail Ink from Brutus Monroe. Once I decided where my cake layers would be placed, I stamped the candle image directly on the rectangle. Since I wanted it to be two colors, I inked it up using the Crushed Curry and Melon Mambo Stampin’ Write markers. I then adhered my cake layers increasing the dimension with each subsequent layer to help give a sense of depth to the cake. I applied the smaller layer directly to the rectangle using liquid glue. I applied the middle layer using Stampin’ Dimensionals, then applied the bottom layer using doubled up Dimensionals.

To assemble the card, I created an A2 top-folding card base using Thick Whisper White cardstock. I adhered the Blushing Bride frame using liquid glue to give me a little “wiggle time” to be sure I had it straight and centered. I then adhered the stitched rectangle inside the frame using tape runner. To finish off the card, I added some clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen to the candle and flame as well as a scattering of Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

I’m entering this card in the following challenges:

Sunday Stamps Top Cup

Before I sign off, I wanted to take a moment to thank Amy & Katie from the design team over at Sunday Stamps. They selected my Rainbow Umbrellas card as their Top Cup for the rainbow challenge. Thank you so much for the honor! If you would like to see more of my challenge wins/features, you can find them here.

Until next time …

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