Monday, August 8, 2011

Strength and Hope

Every time someone purchases the Strength and Hope Stamp Set, Stampin' Up! is donating $2 from the purchase to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  What a nice way to reward yourself with a pretty stamp set, and also offer strength and hope to those dealing with breast cancer.  The set is available for purchase until August 31st, as well as all of the items in the Summer Mini Catalog.

The card base is Pink Pirouette Cardstock followed by a Framed Tulip Embossed layer of Whisper White cardstock.  I stamped the butterfly first with Versa Mark ink, and then again with Pink Pirouette ink.  Next I sprinkled clear embossing powder over it and heated it with my heat gun.  Up close it really shines!  I stamped the words in the center in Basic Gray ink, and for the Hope sentiment which I wanted to stand out, I cut a circle with the 1 1/4" Circle punch and then stamped inside the circle.

There are so many different ways to heat emboss, but if you have a Versa Mark ink pad you can heat emboss with any color ink you have.  Just stamp the image first with Versa Mark ink, and then stamp again with your color choice.  Sprinkle with clear embossing powder and then heat.  It's that simple.
Or try some of the new colors of embossing powder in the Idea Book and Catalog on page 201.  Either way heat embossing adds a nice touch to any of your projects.

I also decided to make a book mark to go with the card.  I was asked to participate in a vendor fair to help raise funds for Breast Cancer research.  I can't participate in the fair due to a scheduling conflict, but I will be donating between 50-100 bookmarks to everyone who attends the luncheon.  The bookmarks will be a great reminder to those receiving them, to have Hope and Courage, and hopefully someday we will be celebrating a cure.

The bookmark was made with the Big Shot and the Two Tags Bigz Die.  I folded my cardstock in half before I cut the smaller tag, creating the crease.  I added a punched scallop circle with the embossed Hope sentiment in the center. 

Because these bookmarks fold over, they firmly keep your place.
The back of the bookmark displays the encouraging sentiment.
To make the card and bookmark I used the following:
Cardstock:  Pink Pirouette #111351, Whisper White #100730
Stamp Set:  Strength & Hope #118100 wood or #123660 clear (Summer Mini)
Ink:  Versa Mark #102283, Pink Pirouette #111838, Basic Gray #109120
Punches:  1 1/4" Circle #119861, 1 3/4" Scallop Circle #119854
Accessories:  Big Shot #113439, Framed Tulip Embossing Folder #121809, Two Tags Bigz Die #114954, Heat Tool #100005, Clear Embossing Powder #109130

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