Fanciful Flamingo

Here is a card I made using the flamingo image from the great Clearly for You stamp set from the Occasions Mini Catalog.  The set has 12 small images that are the perfect sizes to use with the Beveled Windowpanes.  My favorite image is the art deco style flamingo. 

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This design just came together effortlessly–I love it when that happens.  Sometimes I have to try lots of configurations and color combinations before I have something that feels right to me.  This one was a snap.  But it took me a long time to finish this card because I wasn't happy with the results when I attached the windowpane in my usual way–a glue dot in a couple of the corners.  With the plain colored backgrounds the glue dots showed way too much.  So this is where the experimenting happened, and it took quite a few tries before I was satisfied.

Using the windowpanes with a ribbon is the easiest way to attach them.  Here is a picture of that experiment:

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I don't like this version nearly as much as the plain one.  I think the ribbon interrupts the clean lines of the original design, although one of my stamping friends told me it added a quirky kind of interest to her.  I would love to know what you think, so please leave me a comment.

Clearly for You from www.stampingmadly.com I ended up using small pieces of   in the corners–which do show more than I would like, but probably only if you are really looking for them! :D 

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I tried to just attach the Windowpane to the image with Crystal Effects, but it is a water-based glue and made the marker colors run.  :(  Next I tried a spray on adhesive that has worked well on Vellum, but you could see the adhesive.  Finally I bought some spray fixative and covered the image with that.  After letting it dry completely, I was able to use Crystal Effects without ruining the coloring. 

Remember, leave me a comment and let me know which version you like better. 

I hope you are enjoying your new items from the Occasions Mini Catalog.  If you need to order any more, click here to go to my online Stampin' Up! Store.

Happy Stamping,

1sagesiggy

6 Responses to Fanciful Flamingo

  1. crafty stamper February 14, 2011 at 11:57 am #

    I like the version where you were able to attach the window pane with crystal effects. Thanks for doing all the ground work re this as I haven’t worked with them yet and rather afraid to try.

  2. Sage Kimble February 14, 2011 at 12:08 pm #

    Thanks for you comment. When I use the windowpanes with an image or paper that is patterned, glue Dots work just fine. Dont be afraid to try them–I found I could peel off my mistakes (or experiments, I guess I should call them) and wash the windowpane and use it again. Alcohol helped clean off excess glue.

    Sage Kimble
    aka The Mad Stamper

    Independent Stampin Up! Demonstrator
    sage@stampingmadly.com

    If your fingers arent inky yet, what are you waiting for?

  3. Mary Davidson February 14, 2011 at 5:03 pm #

    They are both beautiful, Sage, but I have to agree with you. I prefer the plain card. I love the colors you’re using. TFS!

  4. Linda February 14, 2011 at 5:32 pm #

    No ribbon – definitely – What an awesome job you did!

  5. Deb B (Debadoo) February 15, 2011 at 3:52 pm #

    I really like both of them, but am so glad I saw this post. I don’t have any of the window panes yet, but had wondered about a thin coating of CE. Totally didn’t think about it making the colors run, even though I know it will do that. I have some of the spray fixative but not sure I would have thought about using it. Now I know exactly what to do when I do get some of these. Thanks!!

  6. Patrice H February 16, 2011 at 5:09 pm #

    I prefer the one with out the ribbon, Both ate gorgeous though!

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