I really love the way these two stamps set work together: Artistic Etchings and French Foliage. It is as though they were made for one another. Though this card would be great for a Valentine, I think it would be just as suitable for a wedding or anniversary, which is what I intend to use it for.
I created this card for two challenges, the first of which is a sketch challenge from Freshly Made Sketches. As you can see, I turned the sketch on its side so I would have plenty of room for the Eiffel Tower. As a result I had to relocate my greeting, but I basically stayed true to the sketch.
The second challenge is the Create with Connie and Mary Color Challenge. These colors shouted out Vintage French to me, and determined my choice in stamp sets. Isn't it funny how different color combinations bring certain images to mind?
The base layer is a piece of Sahara Sand Card Stock with a strip of Summer Smooches DSP attached. I ran that layer through the Big Shot with the Framed Tulips Embossing Folder. Then, I used the Top Note Die to cut two layers, one in Basic Black and one in Whisper White. The white layer was trimmed along the dotted lines, and then distressed on the edges. No fancy tools were used for that, just a steak knife! I stamped my images, sponged the edges, and then heat embossed the Eiffel Tower with Black Embossing Powder so it would stand out from the other images. My bow was made using the fork technique, and yes, I do sometimes use my kitchen utensils to eat!
Stampin' Up! Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Artistic Etchings, French Foilage
Card Stock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Sahara Sand
Designer Series Paper: Summer Smooches, Neutrals Stack
Ink Pads: Versamark, Basic Black, Real Red, Sahara Sand
Tools: Big Shot, Top Note Die, Framed Tulips Embossing Folder, Large Oval Punch, Sponge Daubers, Heat Tool
Accessories: Black Embossing Powder, Rhinestones, Real Red Satin Ribbon (retired)
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