Artisan Design Team Blog Hop featuring Shine On Specialty DSP
Welcome back to another 2015-16 Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team blog hop. We are a group of international demonstrators selected by Stampin' Up! to represent the company on our blogs and on social media. If you are already going through the hop, you should have just arrived here from visiting my incredibly talented friend, Cindy Schuster. When you leave here you will travel on to visit the amazing Inge Groot. This week we are featuring the Shine On Specialty Designer Series Paper. You will be amazed at all the fabulous projects created by the Artisan Design Team so be sure to go all the way through the blog hop!
One of the best things about being on the Artisan Design Team is that sometimes it challenges me to step outside of my comfort zone and try something new. I am convinced that I would have NEVER made this card had I not been asked to focus on this DSP. After, there isn't a single flower on this card (wink).
It doesn't happen often, but sometimes when I have a lot going on in my life, it is difficult to focus on my stamping and paper crafting. My card just wasn't coming together and the photo was due to SU the next day. That's where my teammate and friend, Cindy Schuster came to the rescue. I kept sending her pictures and asking "what do you think of this?" You see, it is okay to get feedback from another designer, especially when you value their opinion...and Cindy is amazing! She was able to provide me with a fresh perspective and helped me see that I was trying too hard. Once I quit worrying about the deadline, I was able to relax and then it all came together into one pretty amazing card.
One of the challenges of using this DSP is that it has silver metallic accents on one side and almost neon bright colors on the other. How you use it depends on your perspective. Personally, I am more of a glitz/glamour kind of gal who likes a more traditional look to my paper crafting so I opted to use the side with the silver accents. Here is a quick run down of this card. I wanted to hide the neon side of the dsp, so I created a top-folding card base with Crumb Cake cardstock and layered on the polka dot dsp. Next, I used the Sunburst Thinlits Die to cut some striped DSP and silver foil cardstock. I wanted the foil layer to peek out from behind the striped layer so I rotated the top layer about 1-2 degrees clockwise and then attached both layers to the card front with dimensionals. The die is larger than the 5.5"x4.25" card base, so I trimmed off the excess. I used the Star Framelits to cut two concentric stars from silver foil cardstock and attached those with dimensionals as well. I fussy cut some clouds from another sheet of the Shine On DSP. When the clouds straddled a gap in the sunburst, I used dimensions to add support. I stamped the word "shine" from the coordinating Sunburst Sayings stamp set and fussy cut it. Finally, I scattered some rhinestones on the front for just a bit more bling.
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