There are so many color choices you could use -- pulling out any of the primary colors from the DP. So I picked several papers and got to it... Every color I chose looked weird, just didn't go. It took me until Day 3 to remove all the other colors that were clashing and junking it up and just have the DP and red, with the two neutrals as ivory and brown, sounds so simple now, but trust me I went the whole rainbow of color choices before it dawned on me -- take the colors away!Scoop #2
The Ivory and Red Cuttlebug Panel - I know there are several techniques out there of how to do this and get the same result. But I wanted to share my tip with you. I have a very heavy hand when I stamp, so doing something with a light touch is not always easy for me... Which brings me to why the Brayer and I are not friends. We just don't mix well, the brayer and I. So when at a past stamp show I saw this little cute baby sized brayer and felt like I must have it... I honestly had no idea why, cause again -- I don't like the brayer. And my friends (you know who you are!) made fun of me for buying this -- seeing no value in a small brayer for me or for any purpose, saying a regular brayer does the job just fine. WELL.... let me tell you -- I love this little baby brayer, and we are great friends... baby steps to the big brayer, maybe??? I had my cuttlebugged paper and I used the cute baby brayer to apply Very Vanilla craft ink to the cuttlebugged paper. It is so small and light that it only inks the raised portions, and for some reason works a million times better for me. I used a little pressure to roll it, but it is so tiny - it seems hard to apply too much to it. AND unlike the big brayer it did not leave ink where I did not want it. AND it cleaned up with a baby wipe in about two seconds. So maybe others have made this little baby brayer discovery and I am late to the party, but I had to share this with you as I was so happy with the absolute ease and results of using the smaller size.
OK -- here's the last tip I'll share. If anyone is still reading my rambling post. Hellllooooo? You still with me out there? The bow.. it's a funny looking little bow, perfect but imperfect. Of course, I used the bow easy to make it. But I had this 1" sheer Ivory ribbon that I had picked out. It was too wide for my card and image. So I twisted it up like a rope before using it in the bow easy. After the twisty bow was tied I untwisted the tails and un-raveled the bow loops a bit-- so they are puffy and awkward but kind of fun looking compared to a normal little looped bow. I also folded the ribbon in half to wrap around the card base too.
- Stamps: All Stamps by My Favorite Things: Here's the Scoop
- Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Vanilla Craft Ink
- Paper: Brown, Ivory, Red and Pattern Paper by Basic Grey
- Other: Sheer 1" Ivory Ribbon, Red Pen, Blue Pen, Cuttlebug Folder, Copics, Brown Cat's Eye for Edging, Paper Piercer, Corner Punches, Crystal Lacquer, Clear Spica Pen, Cute Little Baby Brayer, Spellbinder's Polka Dot Frame (I used the inner frame's punch out for my image shape),Spellbinder's Ribbon Tags, Bow Easy