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June 04, 2010

FRIDAY'S FABULOUS STAMP SET - TROPICAL PARTY

Today's featured stamp set is Tropical Party which is found in the Summer Mini on page 26.  Did you know that it is the matching stamp set for the Island Oasis Designer Series Paper?  It has gorgeous summery colors of Tempting Turquoise, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, Rose Red and Old Olive.  Together they create a winning combination for all your summer projects as well as when you want to scrapbook those Tropical vacations.

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Here is the first card I made with this set:

BRAYERED BACKGROUND

To create the background I brayered Naturals White cardstock with a rainbow pad of Rose Red, Pretty in Pink and Regal Rose.  I then stamped the piece with the palm branch stamp from the set in Basic Gray ink.  I then mounted it on the Basic Gray cardstock to make the images pop and for a nice contrast for the background.  I wrapped another piece of Basic Gray cardstock around both pieces and layered 2 ribbons across the moddle of the Gray.  One was the 5/8" Regal Rose Grosgrain and the other was the Melon Mambo 1/2" Polka-Dot Grosgrain ribbon.  I popped a Pretty in Pink button on top of this and tied another small piece of the Mambo ribbon below it in a double knot.  Last but not least I stamped the coconut image in Basic Gray and colored it with markers, punched it out with the Large Tag punch and layered it on the Melon Mambo card stock.  I  adhered it to the ribbon with a Mini glue dot.

For my second act.... LOL:

BRAYERED RESIST

For the main focal point I stamped the large and small flowers from the set all over the piece of Glossy White cardstock, using Versamark ink.  I then coverend the images with Clear Embossing powder and heat set them. 

Tip:  For great results when you are doing resisit techniques first use the embossing buddy to wipe all over the Glossy cardstock.  Also make sure you don't have hand cream or oils on your hands as the embossing powder will stick to your finger prints!

After heat setting I then brayered the card with the same colors of ink as in the previous card.  On the glossy card stock the inks tend to look brighter and more dynamic , rather than the softer effect I acheived on the  Naturals card stock.  I re-inked my brayer several times so that I got even coverage and the bold look that I wanted.  The more ink you apply the more your resist images will stand out in comparison.  Once the ink was brayered in place I wiped the images with a soft cotten ball to remove any ink that may have been left on them.

The focal piece was layered on Soft Suede and Pretty in Pink cardstock which I embossed in the Square Lattice Embossing Folder.  Have I mentioned that I love that folder!  The texture you acheive with it is simply divine!  For embellishments I added the Soft Suede ribbon, and bow as well as the Close to Cocoa buttons.  Birthday Wishes was stamped using Soft Suede Classic Ink. 

I sure hope you will try these simply and easy brayer techniques at home.  Imagine the color possiblilities with our fantastic color palette!!

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Very nice cards. I may have to use this as a technique class. Love the look!

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