Stampin’ Up Simply Pressed Clay is something I loved the idea of, but up until now had little interest in using the flower or button molds that were available. I finally tried my clay when my new Stampin’ Up, oh-so-fun, Alphanumerical mold arrived!
I love words – the shapes, the meaning, the linear order of them. They are powerful and beautiful and can be smart, witty, sarcastic, sweet, painful and wise. Words give us so many possibilities. Though, I am often tongue-tied by the deeper introvert within me and may not be as eloquent as I would like to be in my writing style, I love that words have the power to evoke emotion, philosophical thinking, a search for meaning, and can open up all sorts of doors in our lives.
(literally – i.e. “open sesame” in the tale of Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves, as well as “Speak, friend, and enter” from The Lord of the Rings. lol!)
Check out the sketch for this week’s As You See it Challenge #075:
Here’s my Simply Pressed Clay card design:
I started with a Whisper White cardstock base. It was one that I had accidentally smudged with ink, so I cut a 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece of the Sale-a-bration paper called Best Year Ever and adhered it to cover the entire front of the card base. I felt so clever, covering up that smudge, lol!
I changed the orientation of my card from landscape to portrait and rounded the corners with the Project Life Corner Rounder Punch. I used Blushing Bride cardstock for the squares and I lightly sponged the edges of those squares with Blushing Bride ink. The EAT banner at the top is stamped using my new Alphabet Rotary stamp (more words! So fun!) with Momento Tuxedo Black ink on Whisper White cardstock, matted with Gold Foil paper. I hand-cut the flag end of the banner.
The Simply Pressed Clay was carefully pressed into the letters in the mold, then I place it in the freezer for a few minutes to allow the letters to set before removing them from the mold so they could continue to dry. The first time I used the mold, I dabbed the Embossing Buddy over the mold so it could act like flour in a cake pan and prevent the clay from sticking. This was not such a good idea as it discoloured my white clay with stained gray powder. (I’ll used those letters when I want to take the time to colour them). Once the letters were completely dry, I used Tombo Multipurpose Liquid Glue to attach them to my card front. Then I tucked in my Gold Sequins under the letter “K” in accordance with the stars on the sketch.
For the gold strip, I cut a thin piece of Gold Glimmer paper and adhered the Venetian Crochet Trim to the back with Tombo liquid glue, the attached both together to my cardfront with more glue. Finally, I tied the double bow, using the Fingertip Double Loop bow technique as seen in this Youtube video, and applied it to the Glimmer paper with a Glue Dot.
A fun and pretty word card, playfully commanding that you “eat cake” on your special day!
On a personal note, my family likes chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. We went cross-country skiing last Saturday (as we often do) and found that the warm weather had melted all the snow in the parking lot, leaving us to maneuver through a muddy mess.
The kids commented that it looked like chocolate frosting! lol!
Thanks for visiting today! Hope you’ll play along at the As You See It Challenge Blog and share your take on this sketch!