Ever since I got the Fabulous Flowers stamp set, I’ve always wondered when I would use the “Dare to be Fabulous” greeting.  Today it finally hit me: for a Birthday of course – especially for an over 35 woman (I’m in that category so it’s okay for me to say so – LOL!)  I find that the older you get, sometimes the more affirmation you need that you’re still fabulous whatever your age! 

For this card once again I used a 5 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ CS base. I stamped two of the smaller flowers from the stamp set in Pretty in Pink ink and Versamark ink on the top of the card front.  I then took a piece of Berry Bliss DP and matted it onto a piece of Rose Red CS.  I added two Pretty in Pink brads to the bottom corners, then mounted it in the bottom center of the card.  I then matted a smaller piece of Berry Bliss DP onto Rose Red and then onto Close to Cocoa CS.  I punched the corners of all three layers (one at a time of course) using Stampin’ Up!’s ticket corner punch.  On the bottom, I stamped the greeting in Close to Cocoa craft ink and heat embossed it with clear EP.  The ribbon is Stampin’ Up!’s satin Pomegranate ribbon (this one is retired –  I was wrong about the satin Chocolate ribbon I used yesterday, it is still available in one of our Ribbon Originals collections). 

The big flower is actually made up of three different layers.  To achieve that funky look I combined two techniques: the Baby Wipe Technique and Embossing a dye-based ink.  As I’m sure you know, you cannot emboss dye-based inks in the same way as you do craft inks, because the embossing powder does not stick to the ink.  So, how did I do it?  Well, I created a little tutorial to show you how – just click on the link below and you’ll find it!  All supplies are Stampin’ Up!, and other than the ribbon, all are available in Stampin’ Up!’s Spring/Summer Collection.

Baby Wipe Technique / Embossing a Dye-based Image Tutorial


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