Tuesday, June 14, 2011

MY DAD ... BEST DAD EVER


This is the Father's Day card I made for my Dad this year using the new stamp set, Best Dad Ever, from the Summer Mini Catalog. I got frustrated with this set at first because I couldn't get a nice, clean image from the bold tie images. I called Stampin' Up! about it and got the most helpful gal on the phone. She confirmed that the tie images are meant to have a distressed look and suggested using craft ink and/or embossing to achieve bold, solid images. If you're familiar with my stamping style, you know I'll do just about anything to avoid embossing. Determined to use this new stamp set, I tried the embossing, and it worked! I'm very pleased with the results. The ties were stamped with black craft ink and embossed with black embossing powder TWICE -- one is cut out and raised up on Stampin' Dimensionals. This was one of those "difficult to photograph" cards and the photo just doesn't do the embossing justice. I used the Stamping 411 Saturday Sketch Challenge #206 for my layout.

RECIPE
Stamps:
Best Dad Ever

Paper: Night & Day DP (retired), Basic Black and Whisper White CS
Ink: Craft Black
Embellishments:
Black Button, Rhinestone Jewel

Tools: Square Lattice Embossing Folder
Supplies:
Black Embossing Powder, Stampin' Dimensionals

13 comments:

Marisa said...

Love it :) Bling on the one tie is a great touch :)

Lorri said...

CUTE CUTE CUTE!!! I, too, LOVE the bling on the tie! You did a great job with this stamp set Nancy! LOVE THIS!

Marilyn (mlj-mlj) said...

So Handsome! Great card & perfect papers! Love it!

Stephanie said...

I know that was a lot of work to emboss EACH tie but the result was totally worth it, in my opinion, as the ties and the whole card look fabulous!!! I'm not overly fond of embossing either but it sure makes a difference with these types of images.

Mary Fish said...

beautiful result and card . . . i find gently sanding solid images with a stampin' up! sanding block helps with ink coverage (including this set), too :) hugs, mary

Monika/Buzsy said...

Perfect father's day card Nancy. Love the ties and the colors... the embossed BG is great. :o)

Selene Kempton said...

It's BEAUTIFUL! I really love the rich colors and the double embossing! Thanks so much for playing along with stamping 411. :D Selene~

Mary said...

I think you did a 'fantabulas' job on this card all around..LOVE IT! I wasn't to crazy about this stamp set but now I'm having second thoughts ;) Mary L.

Allison said...

Love it! Love how you raised them up and the bling on the one!

Angie Tieman said...

Great card, Nancy! I love the ties embossed and raised up for dimension like that!

Nance said...

Love how perfectly crisp the ties are when embossed! Coordinates lovely with the crisp B&W color scheme. And the single bling is the perfect tie tack!! ((hugs))

Michelle VanWiggeren said...

What a wonderful card!!! Hadn't thought to emboss with this set, love how that turned out!

Margaret Moody said...

What a great card, Nancy! Your hard work paid off because the ties look wonderful! I love them featured in black & white! So very dapper! I'm sure your Dad will love this card! Thanks for sharing!