Stampin' Up provides demonstrators with the wonderful Stampin' Success Magazine every month. It's a publication that is chock full of hot trends, tips, encouragement, samples, news, and advice. I've been intrigued by a monthly column called STEP IT UP, where they show you how you can take one card layout and make it three ways:
(1) Clean and Simple
(2) Dressed up a bit, or
(3) All out with details!
Here's a set of Thank You notes I prepared for my customers. I had a little fun STEPPING IT UP!
The first sample is done with a simple scalloped edge, Very Vanilla ribbon, and a touch of Stampin' Pastels. Pretty, and easy to do. Perfect for the beginner or to do a batch quickly.
Below is #2. I Stepped It Up by adding a double layer of pink ribbon, knotted in the front. It picks up the pink from the floral stamp and the bling on the tower.
And the third card...
This one took a little longer! Besides all of the steps in #2, I added the following:
- Stamped the scalloped edge with a border stamp from Creative Elements.
- Background stamped the front with a flourish from Creative Elements and Versamark.
- Sponged the edges with Pretty In Pink,
- Added a third ribbon (Certainly Celery), and cinched it together with an Antique Brad topped with another Basic Rhinestone colored with a Sharpie Marker.
I liked the first two cards just fine, but when I finished with the sponging on the third, I was really satisfied :) My inner perfectionist said, "There, that's better"!
Here's a little detail on the ribbon treatment...
STAMPS: Artistic Etchings, Creative Elements, Established Elegance
INK: Basic Grey, Versamark
PAPER: Very Vanilla
ACCESSORIES: Stampin' Pastels, Basic Rhinestones, AntiqueBrads, Sponge
RIBBON: 1/8" Taffeta Certainly Celery, Pink Pirouette 3/8" Taffeta, Very Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon
PRIZE ALERT!!! Want one of these sweet little glass knob card holders, and a Thank You note? I made 'em myself! Leave a comment below telling me which version of this card you'd like to have and why. I'll draw a winner on Mother's Day and mail your prize Monday 5/14/12.
Have a blessed & creative day! Erika. www.erikaclark.stampinup.net