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New Beginning for the Discoverer

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A New Beginning
By: Christine Candora-Hickey, Artistic Guide

Finished card size:  4.25" x 5.5"

Using non-traditional and unexpected materials as your embellishments can add great impact to a simple card.  This wedding card uses a metal tag as the focal point and very few embellishments otherwise, while creating a sense of elegance.

 Supplies:
Stamps: (All Stampin' Up!)
Love stamp
Flower stamp
Flower and insect wheel
Paper:            
Ballet Blue cardstock
White Shimmer cardstock
Swirls vellum(Stampin' Up!)  
Ink:
Ballet Blue dye ink (Stampin' Up!)
VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Other:
Silver brads (Stampin' Up!)
Silver embossing powder (Stampin' Up!)
Metal tag (Stampin' Up!)
Rub-ons (Making Memories)
Silver organdy ribbon (Stampin' Up!)
Glue dots (Therm O Web)
 Heat tool (Milwaukee)
 Stampin' Around Handle (Stampin' Up!)
 Sewing machine (As You Wish, Make it Sew)
Anti-static bag (unknown) 
 Bone folder

 Directions:   

  1. Begin by stamping your blue cardstock with the flower and insect wheel.  Snap the wheel into the handle, run your wheel along the ink pad (or snap in the matching ink cartridge), and roll onto cardstock.  Roll image along edges only as middle of cardstock will be covered by layers and therefore not seen.   
  2. Tear a piece of White Shimmer cardstock so that it is one-third smaller than your blue card base.  Adhere to blue card base with glue dots.   
  3. Cut a strip of Swirl vellum approximately 1.5" wide and almost as long as the card base. 
  4. Stamp the "love" stamp on the vellum using the blue dye ink.  Heat set with the heat tool and then adhere to the Shimmer White cardstock using glue dots.  Set aside. 
  5. Prep the metal tag for embossing by rubbing an anti-static bag over the surface.  This will ensure that the embossing powder will only stick to the stamped image.  
  6. Stamp the flower stamp onto the metal tag using VersaMark ink.  Sprinkle with silver embossing powder and tap off excess.  Heat image with heat tool.  [Caution: the metal tag will be hot so be careful when touching it while embossing and give it a few minutes to cool before continuing]   
  7. Apply rub-on phrase "new beginnings" to the metal tag by burnishing with a bone folder. 
  8. Secure brads to the corners of the metal tag.  
  9. Tie a short length of silver organdy ribbon to the top of the tag. 
  10. Adhere the tag to the card with glue dots.  
  11. Finish by outlining the edge of the card with stitching.  Use a sewing machine (mine is a small one marketed for paper crafting) to sew along the edge.  Sewing in an uneven line produces a more organic feel for the card (and less stress on the artist!).  I went around the edge of the card three times.
  12. Don't forget to sign the back of your card!

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