You can never have too many handbags! Best Dressed with Stampin' Up!

Monday 1 June 2020 Bridgwater, UK

Anyone who knows me well, knows I LOVE handbags. I also love the colour aubergine, so the handbag on the front row has definitely got my name on it!

The handbags that feature on my card can be found printed on the Best Dressed patterned paper that is retiring from the catalogue in a few days. I cut them out carefully using my paper snips scissors and put them aside while I designed the rest of the card around them. 

I chose patterned gingham paper in Purple Posy for the background, to coordinate with the colour of two of the handbags. Then I picked a Smokey Slate card base, with a Whisper White Layer.

I quite often design my cards like this, working backwards from the main feature, making sure everything coordinates! 

When I adhered the patterned gingham paper to the Whisper White layer, I didn't add glue to the corners and curled them inwards using my bone folder, hopefully you can see this in these images.

I used the Stitched Nested Labels dies to cut a shape to sit behind the handbags. I picked up my Silver Metallic Thread to wrap around the die cut but then I had an idea! I wondered if the thread would fit through the tiny holes (the die creates to give it a stitched effect)? It did! So just for fun, I created a random pattern using the thread, feeding it through the holes.

This was certainly never my intention, a happy accident maybe! And you know what, I quite liked the finished result! 

I added a sentiment to the card, stamping 'thanks' from the Seriously the Best stamp set, using my Stamparatus to get the desired bold result (read more about this in a previous post by clicking here). I cut around the word 'thanks', leaving a thin white border to make it stand out better! 

To finish the card, I added some rhinestones. I usually like to add these randomly and in odd numbers however I felt 4 rhinestones placed in these positions looked the best.

With this card, I ticked off two squares on the bingo challenge I've mentioned in my recent posts - 1) embossing and 2) retiring product. If you look closely I embossed the gingham patterned paper with the Subtles embossing folder, twice, in both directions!

Best Dressed Designer Series Paper

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Seriously the Best Stamp Set

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Subtles Embossing Folder

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