Hello and welcome to this week’s WWYS Challenge. The stamp set we’re highlighting this week is Badges and Banners. For some reason, it took me a while to decide what to design with this set, although it does lend itself to a quick and easy kind of card. I decided on a baby card (because they’re good to have on hand) so started with the cute birdcage image and “welcome, baby” banner image. I was also itching to use some of the gorgeous new Colour Theory paper, so these three elements were my jumping off point.
I added that beautiful die-cut from the Flourish Thinlits set to give my birdcage something to hang from. I ink blended some watercolour paper with Berry Burst (the same colour as the Designer Series Paper) before cutting it (3 in Whisper White plus the watercoloured layer) and stacked it – such a cool effect!
The birdcage was stamped with Versamark, embossed in gold, as was the sentiment. I punched this out using the Duet Banner Punch, and, because it punches both banners at once, I decided to apply Versamark to the larger banner and covered it in gold embossing powder too and layered it underneath the sentiment. I used my Berry Burst marker to add detail to the sentiment and along the bottom of the birdcage. Some clear Wink of Stella was applied to the birdcage and the flourish. The birdcage was attached to the flourish using Gold Metallic Thread before the top layer was adhered. The final touch was some gold ink (an old Encore ink pad I have in my stash) – simply daubed on with an old paint brush.
TIP: When working with “simple” images like the birdcage, try adding little finishing touches like the Berry Burst accents on this card. You’ll be surprised how it can dress up your design.
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