Friday, May 6, 2011

Vintage-y Botanical Gazette

I created this layout as a Hostess Gift for my Hostess, Heather L. last month using the Botanical Gazette paper from the Occasions Mini Catalog. I knew she loved a vintage feel, butterflies, and dry embossing done with the Big Shot. She was thrilled. Thanks for hosting, Heather!

There was so little I had to do to make this page complete. All of the shading and the large botanical image were preprinted on the Botanical Gazette paper. I added a mat for a 5"x7" picture and some leaves from the Little Leaves Sizzlet die in Old Olive and sponged with Pear Pizazz ink to frame the mat. The sentiment "Note" is from the Details stamp set in the Occasions Mini as well.

This page will hold three 4"x6" pictures that have been cropped to 3.5"x5.5". I sponged the edges of the Very Vanilla card stock in Daffodil Delight ink. I did a freehand tear of the butterfly Botanical Gazette paper and distressed the edge slightly. To get the continuous panel of Certainly Celery, I used the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder to emboss one section, scooted the folder over to the center of the panel, then carefully lined up the pattern and embossed again. I repeated the steps one more time to emboss the other end of the panel and wah-lah! A continuously embossed panel that spans the width of the page.

If you want to experiment with this technique, I recommend trying it first with the Polka Dot embossing folder. It's the easiest one to line up the pattern again.

To create the butterflies I used the Beautiful Butterflies Big Shot die, embossed them using the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, then sponged the edges and the raised pattern using Pear Pizazz ink. For the smaller butterflies I used the Beautiful Wings embosslit, which cuts and embosses in one easy step. I used Daffodil Delight ink to sponge the Daffodil Delight butterflies. Some of the large butterflies received an Antique Brad while the smaller ones were decorated with our adhesive backed Pearls.

To attach the lace ribbon I used my hobby blade to create a small incision through the Very Vanilla card stock that would be hidden by the panel of Certainly Celery card stock that traverses the page. I slid the ribbon through the incision, wrapped the other end around the top of the page, skipped them through the Beveled Window Pane and tied the ends off with some Linen Thread.

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