All Things Water

Those of you who heard me ranting and raving at last month’s stamp camp will remember that I have been saying that all of April’s Stamp Camp cards will feature have something to do with water – Thus the name of our April Stamp Camp – All Things Water.  Our first watery card:

Rain or Shine_1This is very much an “April Showers” card.  You can actually see the water glistening off the umbrella. Well, what you actually see is the glare from the camera flash off the shiny embossed umbrella.  Designer paper from the Sunshine & Sprinkles set provides quick interest to the front of our card.  A small strip of Pacific Point embellished with the Needlepoint Border Textured Impressions Embossing Folder unifies the umbrella image with the cute border print.  A small Vintage-Faceted designer button tied with a bit of Bakers Twine adds dimension.  Carol G, one of our stampers, has generously lent me the Martha Stewart umbrella punch for this card.  I punched umbrellas from the DSP and have adhered one or two inside my cards as my finishing touch. 

In addition to having all the paper cut for this card, I took the time to stamp and emboss the umbrella image in order to save you time.  You will simply need to cut out the umbrella and apply it over the stamped image with dimensionals.  The handle is stamped, although it appears to be connected to the actual umbrella.

By the tideBy The Tide” is another card for our All Things Water Stamp Camp.  This is a cast card, and fits perfectly into our masculine category with the lobster, coral, anchors and nubby burlap ribbon.  I’ve discovered that when working with the Stampin’ Up classic ink pads that were introduced last summer, if you work quickly, you have time to wet emboss your image.  I am going to do another sample and emboss the Red Riding Hood lobster to make him “pop” a bit more.  Other colors used on this masculine card include Crumb Cake, River Rock, Early Espresso, black, and Island Indigo.  I hadn’t planned on purchasing the Natural 7/16” Trim Ribbon shown in the mini catalog, but I love how the rough texture and the frayed ends enhance this card.  Although you can’t tell from the picture, I used the Stampin’ Distress Tool to roughen the edges of the Marina Mist card stock layer.  This adds to the masculine feel of the card.

I hope you can join us for our “All Things Water” Stamp Camp this coming this coming Friday and Saturday – April 5th (4 PM – 9 PM) and 6th (9 AM – 4 PM).  We will be doing 4 cards – the 2 shown above – plus 2 others which will be posted tomorrow.  The cost will be $10.  If you can’t join us, but would like to do the cards, please let me know and we will have a kit for you to purchase and do at your leisure; all the stamping, embossing are done and embellishments are provided – you only have to provide the adhesive.  The cost for the kit is $10, but we do need additional time to prepare the materials.  If you have any questions, please give me a call at 630-759-3089, or drop me a note at

Blessings, Rosemary

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