Sunday, September 28, 2014

Faux Frame Card

Yesterday I watched a YouTube video (I love watching these) of another Stampin Up! demonstrator doing a card she called the Faux Frame Card and thought I would give it a try. 

The stamp set is Stampin Up! Blooming with Kindness and the paper and ink is Island Indigo and Wild Honey. After stamping a few blooms out with the Wild Honey, I thought it was too dark so I switched the ink out to Summer Sun.  I also used White and Black cardstock.

After cutting all the pieces out I found that the marker the demonstrator suggested left smears on my 2nd and 3rd stamped paper because the template was soaking up the marker and it would leave a mark on the next card I did so I switched to using a black sharpie.  Still not sure I like the look of the faux frame though.  :(

Size of paper cuts:

Card Base - 5 1/2 x 4 1/4"
Mat (black) 4 5/8 x 3 3/8"
White - 4 1/2 x 3 1/4"
Faux frame line - 4" x 2 3/4"

 After getting a few of the cards finished and glued together, I thought they looked rather flat and plain. 

So I decided that on the ones I hadn't completed yet, I would try to pop the layers.  Since I already had some glued together - I restamped the "Bloom" and fussy cut it out and used dimensionals to pop the flower.  On the others  - I used the dimensionals on the back of the white piece and popped the whole "Thank You" section out.  I felt it still needed something but since there really wasn't any space to put a bow, I finished off the card with crystals.

Finished Card

So tell me, what would you have done with this card to take it from "flat" to
Fabulous"!   What colors would you have done this card in?  And what kind of tool would you recommend using for the faux frame for a neater finish instead of what was suggested by the original designer and the choice I used on these cards?  I welcome your suggestions.