Friday, June 7, 2013

Pretty Piroutte

I. Love. This. Stamp.

Which is why Pirouette is the prize for participation in May Color My Heart challenges. (See this post for another Color Dare card using this stamp.)  This week's challenge was to use yellow, orange, and pink (our choice of which ones).

Here's a close up of the center.  I chose all my colors from the Whimsy Mini Pigment Pad Set: Buttercup, Sorbet, and Smoothie.  Using Buttercup, I inked just the outside edge of Pirouette and stamped it on my card base which was larger than this final image.  More on my reason for that later.

I had my clear embossing powder handy and covered the image, shook off the excess, and melted the powder immediately.  Next, I inked the center of Pirouette with Sorbet, stamped in on scratch paper, and embossed again.  I then inked the center again in Smoothie.  (Be sure you clean your stamp between inkings.)  This was also stamped on scratch paper and embossed.  I then fussy cut the Sorbet circle and Smoothie shape out and layered them on top of the Buttercup image.  (One of the reasons I only inked the edge of the Buttercup layer was because I get better adhesion when it's paper to paper vs. paper to embossed image.)

Once I had all my layers stuck down and dry, I laid down the button and poked holes through where the waxy flaxy would go using my paper piercing tool.  Again, because waxy flaxy doesn't adhere well, I poked the holes through all three layers of paper, threaded the waxy flaxy through, and that held my button in place.

Now it was time to trim the image panel to size.  If you try to do the image panel to size first, you are going to have a terrible time trying to get a clean cut of your Sorbet and Smoothie layer.  Just start with a bigger piece than you need, layer your pieces, then trim the whole thing at once.  Trust me.  I know of what I speak.

I cut a matte panel out of Dream Pop paper, just 'cause those little circles of shiny stuff are so cool, but you could use regular Smoothie just as well.  The banner, also from Dream Pop, was embossed with "Hello" from For Every Occasion using Buttercup embossing powder.  It's been retired for years and years, but one of the testaments to CTMH's quality is that it not only still works but is still the same Buttercup color as the current catalog.  I could have used white embossing powder just as easily.

I. Love. This. Stamp!  Have I said that already???

Until next time,


  1. Fantastic card and that stamp set is so versatile. The layering technique is great with this stamp with endless variety possible.

  2. Beautiful focal image! (I have yet to acquire that stamp) I love how you layered it. Thanks for the inspiration!
    :) Marie

  3. Yes you have, but it bears repeating. Such a vibrant, va-va-va-voom, card! Love your choice of colours, how you DIDn't centre the pirouette, and the bright sentiment.

  4. I. Do. Too!!! I absolutely love how you combined these colors into layers with this stamp. It looks amazing! And trust me...I trust you! ;)


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