Saturday, April 30, 2011

Less Is More: Thank You

This week's challenge at Less Is More is to create a thank you or a congratulations card.  They say it is to thank us for our support and to congratulate us for our fabulous entries.  It should be a thank you to Chrissie and Mandi for inspiring us each week and a congratulations for creating such a wildly successful blog!



I used a double-embossing technique on this card that I think adds enormous interest.  In this case, I first embossed with a polka dot folder and then embossed again with this Cuttlebug flower folder.  I have done a number of these in the past.  This post is all about embossing folder fun - towards the bottom half are four other cards with the double-embossing technique.

This card also is the start of a project that I have had in my head for some time. 

First, you should know that I really don't have a creative bone in my body.  But I read blogs and study other cards to come up with ideas and then I try to put them all together into my work.  One of the things that fascinates me is the way people layer punches and dies.  A unique layering of punches can add so much - particularly to a clean and simple card.  I often get stuck in a rut of punching an oval and a scalloped oval and calling it done. 

I have collected a number of layered punch ideas over the years and I have wanted to put them together in a reference document (instead of the slips of papers and post-it notes that are cluttering my files!).  Since I added a layered punch to my card, I finally started this document!!  My most recent notes came from viewing the cards in my friend's craft room so these all come from her.  I have many more to add.


THIS DOCUMENT HAS BEEN COMPLETED 
AND CAN BE ACCESSED ON MY SIDE BAR

I would LOVE your help.  If you have created or seen a particurly nice layered punch or die idea (preferably using Stampin' Up product) - let me know.  Link to it in your comments or send me an e-mail.  I will add it to this document and will certainly credit you.  In a month or so - I will convert this to an on-line document and link it in my sidebar, then we can all have these idea easily at hand!

Thank you!
  • Stamps: Stampin' Up Days of Gratitude (sentiment)
  • Ink: Stampin' Up Old Olive
  • Paper: Stampin' Up Peach Parfait CS and dsp, Pear Pizzazz CS, Very Vanilla CS
  • Accessories: Stampin' Up gems (colored with copics), Cuttlebug Swiss Dots and Everyday Greetings Combo folders, Stampin' Up Punches: Designer Label, 1" Circle and Modern Label

25 comments:

Susie Sugar said...

I love your classy card and thanks for the tips on layering the punches
Have a great weekend
Hugs Susie Sugar xx

Gibmiss said...

HI fABBY CARD ...LOVE THE EMBOSSING ...
HUGS
SYLVIE
XXXX

Lynne said...

Gorgeous card, love the embossing.
Lynne xxx

Zoë said...

Hi Kim I love this technique and am grateful for the link to the tutorial. Will give it a go soon. It looks fab on your card and I have a punch idea for you here if you don't have it already. http://stampingscene.blogspot.com/2011/03/thinking-of-you.html

Rita said...

Beautiful card and Stunning embossing. Hugs Rita xx

Mandi said...

Fabulous card Kim. well your cards always are!
Love the double embossing
Continued thanks
mandi
Diva LIM
Less is More

Kathyk said...

Lovely classy card

Kathyk

mustavcoffee said...

Beautiful card, great CAS example, classy:0) xxx

Chrissie said...

Thank YOU so much for your kind words Kim. Your card is as stunning as ever and I think your idea of collating ideas for layered sentiments is great. The one on this week's fabulous card makes a terrific impact!
Chrissie
"Less is more"

Katina said...

A stunning card! xx

Vicky Hayes said...

Great ideas here! Love your double embossing and the layered punches are fab too.

Monique said...

Thanks for sharing this, I have been meaning to do something similar, there are so many ways to combine our lovely punches for special effect!

Margaret said...

Gorgeous card and thanks for sharing the punch ideas too
Margaret x

Dolly Daydreams said...

Stunning card ! Love the all white and then the pop of colour in the corner. Fantastic embossing too.

Marie

Hazel said...

Thanks for the ideas. Your card is brilliant, I love it. Hazel x

Aileen said...

Haven't seen the double embossing before. Great idea and love the mounted sentiments. x

Suze Bain said...

Lovely card, the embossing is fab. Love your idea on the mounted sentiments - it will be a great reference tool. x

GoonerGirl said...

Beautiful card I love the embossed flowers..Chris x

Susan said...

I thought I'd already left a comment...must be losing my mind! LOL! I LOVE the double embossing...and the layered tag! Fabulous card, Kim!!

Jenny said...

I love the double embossing technique. Great idea with the stacked punch outs. Lovely card
Jenny x

Jen W. said...

What a great idea! I love that layered punch look too (Maile Belles -http://mailebelles.blogspot.com/2011/01/birthday-cards-tags.html - and Dawn McVey - http://dawnmcvey.typepad.com/these_are_a_few_of_my_fav/2011/04/introducing-flower-fusion-3-think-big-favorites-3-and-background-basics-chevron-stripes.html - seem to be particularly good at it).

Stamps and Paper said...

Beautiful card and love the embossing

Anne

Jan said...

Wonderful card xx Jan

Faith A said...

Gorgeous card, that embossing is beautiful

H2 :) said...

Fantastic technique with the double embossing Kim & the layered tag tops it off perfectly.
Surely you must be joking on not having a creative bone in your body - your work is always amazing!!!! TFS your creativity. :)