Cardmaking Contest Entry from Michelle Pepper

The final entry for the Stamping Madly Cardmaking Contest comes from Michelle Pepper, all the way from New Zealand.  She sent in two other cards earlier, that were honorary entries because of all the retired products.  See Michelle's honaray entries here.  She went back to her craft room, determined to make a card that would qualify.  Here's what she came up with:

Stamping Madly Cardmaking Contest entry from Michelle Pepper

Be sure to leave a comment to let Michelle know what you think of her card.  I think everyone who entered was very brave to show their work to the world, and I know how much the feedback means to them. 

Next week I'll reveal the winner of the contest.  I hope you've all enjoyed seeing the varitey of cards that were entered, and perhaps you've even been inspired to enter the next time I hold a contest.  I'm thinking it would be fun to do one for Christmas cards after the Holiday Catalog comes out in August.

Here are Michelle's directions:

Card stock: Very Vanilla Card base (4 1/8" x 11 11/16")*, Chocolate Chip Layer ( 4" x 5 10/16"), Very Vanilla Card front (3 3/4" x 4 1/8") , Vellum scrap

* I believe the card stock size we get in the South Pacific is slightly different. Basically, the card base I have used is just the standard half of the card stock lengthwise.

Ink: Crumb Cake, Versamark, and Stampin Write Markers in Gumball Green and Primrose Petals
Punch: Elegant Butterfly
Stamp set: En Francais, Papillon Potpourri, Loving Thoughts
Adhesives: Mini Glue Dot, Stampin Dimensionals, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue
Accessories: Gold Metallic Brads, Gold Emboss Powder, Early Espresso Emboss Powder, Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon (Retired) – soft suede Taffeta Ribbon to substitute perhaps?


Tip: With the heat embossing technique, have the emboss powder handy you so you can work quickly. Stamp the image then dust the emboss powder on the image as quickly as you can. When there are a few embossing images to do for a project, I like to ink and dust up all the images first then use the heat gun on all of them at the same time, rather than ink, dust and heat, then repeat for next image, etc. Hope that makes sense!

1) Stamp the entire piece of Very Vanilla card stock with the En Francais stamp set in Crumb Cake.
2) Stamp the 3 butterflies from Papillon Potpourri set, along the centre to right hand side of the card, in Versamark Ink. Heat emboss with Gold Emboss Powder (or if you want to try the duo colours embossing technique, which was what I did, with Early Espresso as well as Gold EPs).
3) Adhere the stamped and embossed card front with Stampin Up Dimensionals to the Chocolate Chip layer.
4) Slip the Chocolate Chip Satin ribbon (or alternative) through to tie a knot. I like to do it this way as it gives me room to play/adjust just where I want the ribbon to be (up further or down further) and where I want the bow to be (further right or further left).
5) Stamp the butterfly from Papillon Potpourri on a piece of scrap vellum card stock in Versamark ink. Also stamp the desired sentiment from the Loving Thoughts set (or any stamp set of your choice) on a piece of vellum card stock in Versamark ink. I used Early Espresso EP on the butterfly and Gold EP on the sentiment.
6) Turn the vellum card stock with the embossed butterfly image over so that you can colour in on the WRONG side of the butterfly with the two stampin' write markers. You don't have to colour within the lines. When finished, turn over to the right side and there, you have a butterfly with the stained glass window effect. Punch the butterfly out, and adhere on the card front with one or two mini glue dots in the centre of the butterfly so that the wings can be manipulated to look like it is about to take flight.
7) Attach the vellum with the embossed sentiment with the Gold brads. Have a play with the placement and you'll get a feel of how much vellum you want as an overlay on the chocolate chip layer.
8) Finally, adhere the chocolate chip layer on the Very Vanilla Card base, with the adhesive of your choice ( I used Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue).
Extra step 9) If you don't normally stamp the inside of your handmade cards with images that co-ordinate with the outside of your card, I highly recommend it. I just think it really does complete the card, as is the stamping of the envelope too.

And that's all! I hope you will CASE this and have fun šŸ™‚

Thanks so much to Michelle Pepper and all the other stampers who submitted entries to the Stamping Madly Cardmaking Contest!

4 Responses to Cardmaking Contest Entry from Michelle Pepper

  1. Janelle May 18, 2013 at 12:04 pm #

    This is really pretty!

  2. Mary May 19, 2013 at 8:50 am #

    A lovely card!

  3. BERNICE T May 19, 2013 at 5:44 pm #


  4. Jeanne May 19, 2013 at 7:39 pm #

    Very pretty card – Love the butterflies with the background stamp šŸ˜‰

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