Kylie’s International Highlights: April 2017

Mel's Card Corner | Kylie's International Blog Hop - April 2017

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Along with other Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrators from around the world, I’m participating in this month’s International Highlights hosted by Kylie Bertucci, the #1 Stampin’ Up Demonstrator in Australia. There is a voting process in this highlight. The ten designers receiving the most votes will be part of an international blog hop in a few weeks. If you like my design, would you please cast a vote for me? You can do that here (my card is first one in the linkup list). Voting begins at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT on Tuesday, April 11 and will be open for five (5) days.

The theme for this highlight is wedding cards. Rather than creating a “typical” wedding card, I decided to think a bit outside the box and use some images one might not normally think to grab when making a wedding card … critters! It’s actually very fitting since today is also National Pet Day here in the United States. 🙂  Since I love the mix of white, cream, and neutrals for wedding invitations, cards, etc., I decided to use that color combo for my design.

Mel's Card Corner | Kylie's International Highlights - April 2017

I started by stamping the adorable little hedgehog couple from the Love You Lots hostess stamp set and the Mr. & Mrs. sentiment from the That’s the Tag stamp set on a piece of Shimmering White cardstock using Tip Top Taupe ink. I used an AquaPainter and my ink pads to watercolor the image. I used Sahara Sand ink for the front part of their little bodies and Tip Top Taupe for the quilled part. I added a bit of Blushing Bridge to their little cheeks. I added some ground beneath them using Old Olive and a bit of sky behind them using Soft Sky.

On a separate scrap of Shimmering White, I stamped the small floral image from the That’s the Tag stamp set using Basic Gray ink. Again, I used an Aqua Painter and my ink pads to watercolor the image. I used Rose Red for the petals, So Saffron for the flower center, and Old Olive for the leaves. I also used the Rose Red and Old Olive to color the flower the male hedgehog is holding. When it was watercolored flower was dry, I used the coordinating Framelit to cut it out.

Mel's Card Corner | Kylie's International Highlights - April 2017

To create the veil, I borrowed the “uniquely stamped” technique from my friend Kristie. She is the queen of using stamps in unexpected ways. In this case, my veil is actually the superhero cape from the Everyday Hero stamp set. I stamped on a piece of vellum using Jet Black StazOn ink. I used my heat tool on the low setting to be sure the StazOn was completely dry before applying the veil to my card. Since the cape was actually facing the opposite way, I just flipped it over. This also helped soften the harshness of the StazOn. I adhered the veil to the top of the hedgehog using glue dots then adhered the die cut flower image on top of it, also using glue dots.

To assemble my card, I started by adhering the focal panel to a mat of Tip Top Taupe using tape runner. I then adhered the matted panel to a top-folding horizontal card base created from Very Vanilla cardstock using Stampin’ Dimensionals. To finish off my card, I added a generous coat of clear Wink of Stella to the veil and flowers for a bit of shimmer.

Mel's Card Corner | Kylie's International Highlights Voting Button

Thanks again for visiting my blog today! I hope you enjoyed my fun take on a wedding card. If you did, please be sure to head over to Kylie’s blog to vote for my project (my card is the first in the linkup list). I would love to be chosen to do an international blog hop with her and other Stampin’ Up Demonstrators from around the world.

Until next time …

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Product List

Love You Lots Clear-Mount Stamp Set

That’s The Tag Photopolymer Bundle

Everyday Hero Photopolymer Stamp Set

Tip Top Taupe Classic Stampin' Pad

Sahara Sand Classic Stampin' Pad

Rose Red Classic Stampin' Pad

So Saffron Classic Stampin' Pad

Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad

Soft Sky Classic Stampin' Pad

Basic Gray Archival Stampin’ Pad

Jet Black Stazon Ink Pad

Shimmery White 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

Tip Top Taupe 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock

Very Vanilla 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

Vellum 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

Aqua Painters

Clear Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush

Big Shot

Big Shot Magnetic Platform

Heat Tool

Glue Dots

SNAIL Permanent Adhesive

Stampin' Dimensionals

Stampin' Trimmer

Bone Folder


  1. Kylie Bertucci says:

    So pretty Melissa! Great to see a different take on the traditional wedding card. Thanks so much for taking part in my International Highlights xx Kylie

  2. Christine Matias says:

    Hey Melissa, I adore your little Hedgehogs they look the part and with you using the cape for the bride’s veil was a brilliant idea.
    You with Hedgehogs and one of my three cards with Owls I think these little critters give a softer and definitely a much cuter stance on the normal Wedding Card.

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