Thursday, May 12, 2011

Bold or Subdued - you choose!

Subdued...
Today's post shows you the same scrapbook layout done in two very different styles. This first style is the one we did at my Monthly Stamp Class a few months ago. It has a subdued vintage feel that everyone seemed to really enjoy.

The paper was our Botanical Gazette DSP from the Occasions Mini catalog. The beveled window panes are still available and anyone who receives a project made with one will be touched that such a special piece was used just for them.

We colored the satin vanilla rosette with a Cherry Cobbler marker to match the DSP. To get the effect on the lower half of this frame, we ran the paper through the Big Shot with the Framed Tulips embossing folder, then sanded off the finish with Stampin' Up!s sanding block. Taffeta ribbon in Early Espresso holds the Beveled Windowpane in place.

A light sponging in Crumb Cake ink really makes the dry embossing (done here with the Vintage Wallpaper folder) stand out.

To add to the vintage feel, we sprayed the large DSP flower with water and crumpled it up. Then we unfolded it, let it dry, and sponged it with some Old Olive ink. The smaller flowers are from the Level 1 Hostess Set "Punch Potpurri". We colored each flower with a Stampin' Write marker before stamping, then sponged the edges with matching ink after punching them out with the Boho Blossoms punch.

Layering the Victoria Lace over Cherry Cobbler seam binding creates a rich depth, and the addition of the tiny "love" tag sends it over the top! (Tiny Tags stamp set and Jewelry Tag punch) We even added the smallest Basic Pearl to the "o" in "love"!

You will love this technique if you already own the Framed Tulips embossing folder, and if you don't already have it, you're going to want it now! Run the card stock through the Big Shot once with the Framed Tulips folder as usual. Next, rotate the card stock 90 degrees, carefully lining up the side vertical columns of flowers and run it through your Big Shot just far enough to get the second horizontal row f tulips. Wa-lah! You have a square frame instead of a rectangle. (I did not invent this technique, but I can't remember whose blog I got it from!)

Bold!
I just love the Sweet and Sour Specialty paper in the 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalog. It pairs up two fun colors: Rose Red and Pumpkin Pie. This was the original layout I had designed for class, but I thought it might be too bold for some. Of course, when I showed it at class, half of my guests said, "Oh, I would have loved that one!" The Sweet and Sour paper is available through the end of June, so there's still time to recreate this yourself!

The swirly border was created using the Swirly Decorative Strip and the Big Shot. That's 5/8" grosgrain ribbon in Pumpkin Pie wrapped around the corners of the photo mat.

Don't you love the effect you get when you use the Corner Rounder punch on just two diagonal corners?

The Ornate Blossom stamp seen here is only $9.95 and coordinates with the Friends Never Fade stamp set as well as the Greenhouse Gala DSP.

To create the lacy edge I used the Scallop Trim corner and border punches and followed the guidelines that Gretchen Barron was kind enough to share with the rest of us.

The orange lace border set on the diagonal was done in the same way.



So, which do you prefer? Bold and bright, or soft and subdued?

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