Double Shot Tuesday, no traffic required

When I lived in Atlanta, one of the things I liked about Tuesday was Double-Shot Tuesday on the local rock station. In the spirit of DST, here are two greeting cards and tips for your inspiration and enjoyment. And you don't even have to deal with I-85 traffic to enjoy them...

The first one is based on a card by Becky Carafa. I loved the clean look of her finished card, the colors and the detail in the background. My card uses the same layout and colors along with images from Nature Walk and sentiments from You're A Gem.

  • To make the bird and text on the card base more visible, I inked up the stamps with VersaMark and then Chocolate Chip Classic Ink. Once stamped, I poured on Clear Embossing powder then heat set. The addition of the classic ink makes the final image darker.
  • You can try this with other colors of ink as well; the color will show through the Versamark.
  • Tip: Clean your stamp immediately after stamping each image. You want to start with a clean stamp each time; otherwise, you risk getting colored ink onto your Versamark pad.
  • For the shimmery embossed leaf image, use White Craft Ink along with Iridescent Ice embossing powder.
This next card is based sketch#3 by a new sketch challenge group, Freshly Made. The colors used are from our Color Coach - a great tool for color inspiration!

  • Use your shaped punches as interesting border punches! The Garden Green detail on the left is one label created using the Decorative Label punch. Cut in half and layer to create the look shown here.
  • BFFs are not just for kids; adults need best friends, too! Let someone know how much you value them with a hug in an envelope - a greeting card :)
  • Real buttons are bulky where the USPS is concerned. If using on your cards, I recommend that you either mail them in a bubble envelope or hand deliver. 
  • Tip: If your card has a ribbon knot or if you are using brads, add an additional $.20 in postage and have your card hand processed. Be sure to write "Do Not Machine Process" on the envelope. (Thanks, Debby, for the reminder!)

Thanks for stopping by!

Color Coach (#120148 - English version)

Stampin' Supplies: 
Card One: Nature Walk, You're a Gem; Ink: VersaMark, White Craft ink, Chocolate Chip; Paper: Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, Bashful Blue; Tools: Heat Tool, Iridescent Ice and Clear embossing powders
Card Two: Best Friends Forever; Ink: Bashful Blue, Early Espresso; Paper: Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue, Garden Green, Tangerine Tango; Tools: Big Shot, Perfect Details Texturz Plate, Buttons #5 sizzlit, Decorative Label punch; Embellishments: Itty Bitty buttons, Linen Thread
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