Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Petal Pizzaz for Max

As many of you know or have figured out by now, I am a Stampin' Up! demonstrator. I have a wonderful supervisor, Max, who inspires me and excites me every day to share my love for Stampin' Up! This card is for Max, My dear Kind & wonderful Friend".

Max challenged me to create six stamped cards and envelopes with one of the new sets found in the 2009 Spring Idea Book & Catalog, Petal Pizzaz (you can find it on page 90). This is the first of those cards. She reminded me how fun it is to stamp a matching envelope with each card too. See below.

I really love how this card turned out. I wanted to use the Riding Hood Red Designer Series Paper that I had in my stash so I went with Riding Hood Red and Kiwi Kiss for the color of my flower and leaves. I am already lamenting the loss of Kiwi Kiss on June 30 when this catalog retires. If you love it as much as I do, be sure to order the Kiwi Kiss Classic Stamp pad and the matching re-inker. Re-inking your Classic Stamp Pads make them last forever. Really. Of course, you will have to order matching cardstock, matching ribbon, matching buttons...LOL
So, anyway, the contrasting color is Basic Black. I have been stuck on using Chocolate Chip for my dark accent color lately, so the Basic Black is a refreshing change and with the matching Black Gingham Ribbon it has a Spring-like feel to it. Well, maybe that's just me hoping for Spring since I woke up to 10 degree weather for the 5th or 6th day in a row. ;O)
A couple of notes on composition. To achieve balance, I positioned this large sentiment toward the top and to the right of the card and the flower at the opposite corner toward the bottom and to the left. The tie of the ribbon is placed to the bottom right on purpose to balance the look of the large sentiment at the top of the card. Adding depth and dimension to your card adds interest for the eye. So much to look at it! I used Stampin' Dimensionals to pop up the sentiment and one Pop Up Glue Dot to adhere the flower. I curled the flower with my bone folder so it wouldn't lay on the card flat.
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Stamp Sets: Petal Pizazz, All Holidays
Paper: Riding Hood Red, Basic Black & Whisper White cardstock, Riding Hood Red Designer Series Paper
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Kiwi Kiss and Basic Black Classic Ink
Other: Kiwi Kiss flower button from the Button Bouquet collection, Linen Thread, Black Gingham ribbon, Silver Brads, Stampin' Dimensionals, Pop Up Glue Dots
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