For some reason I am really looking forward to this long weekend. It's not like it's been an overly stressful week, not at all actually. It's just nice to have 3 days off. Mondays off are few and far between!
Today's card was inspired by one of Kristina's MACM creations from June. When I say I was inspired, I don't mean CASE in this situation. Her card inspired me to use my gel-a-tins Off to School stamps, as well it inspired me to get back into embossing and make my own backgrounds with dot stamps. This card really was one of those cards where I sat down, started with a totally random part and went from there. I decided I wanted to use a brighter colour, so guava it was. Next up, I really wanted an embossed dotted background, or a partial one any way. I grabbed this cute dot from Flower Frames and Letters. If you remember Stampin' Up!'s Alphadots set from a few years back... this set is similar. I like this one better though since all the letters are capitals (I cannot STAND when an alphabet provides a mix of upper and lower case, decide on one, you know!). It's also a clear set, so it's super easy to line up, and it comes with a few fun flower and dot center images as well. Basically, if you were ever regretting not getting Alphadots and like clear stamps, you may want to look at this set.
Okay, back to the creation. So I stamped that dot with versamark, clear embossed it, then worked on my sentiment panel. I did a sample stamping on some scrap white first (pre-embossing!) to see just how much space I would need. I would highly recommend doing that when piecing together sentiments with larger alphabet sets. By the time I was ready for the embossed sentiment I knew exactly how I wanted the placement. Finally, I added in some stitched ribbon and I stamped and embossed a flower to add a bit more interest and "pop" to the card. To emboss with dye inks, remember, ink up the stamp first with versamark, then ink over that with the dye ink, stamp it, and cover with embossing powder. Have an awesome long weekend!
Stamps: Flowers Frames and Letters, Off to School (gelatins)
Ink: Groovy Guava, Close to Cocoa, Versamark
Paper: Cocoa, Guava, White
Accessories, etc.: Ribbon, Corner Rounder, Clear and White EP