Lace and Polka Dots!

As a youngster, I would never combine fussy patterns such as lace and polka dots, plaids and stripes, and so on.  You know, it was “too busy!”  Fast forward to today’s world and often it seems, the more patterns the better.  Case in point, my two year old granddaughter stayed with us this weekend and one of her dresses had multiple patterns combined.  I must admit it looked great. So for today’s card, I stepped outside the old way of thinking and combined lace and polka dots.  The lace comes from the Bird Ballad Laser-Cut Cards and Tin.  So, be sure to check them out. 

Confession time!  For a couple of weeks, my craft table has held a laser-cut card with a cardstock lining while I was waiting for a design inspiration.  I would pick it up, play with different elements but nothing seemed to wow me.  It was during an online presentation this weekend by fellow demonstrator, Patty Bennett,  that inspiration started.  She presented a sample Bird Ballard Laser-cut card with a cardstock lining and discussed trying a patterned Designer Series Paper liner.   But for her design, she thought a solid background was best.  So, I started thinking…what if I use a small pattern as the panel behind the lace?  So the answer became lace and polka dots.  For my card, the Bird Ballad Laser-Cut Card has a lining of the pink polka dot pattern from the Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper.  Even better, the reverse side of the Bird Ballard Designer Series Paper creates a beautiful interior panel on the card.  To avoid too many patterns, the card front design remains very simple.  Just a sentiment and a couple of elements fussy cut from the Bird Ballard Designer Series Paper.  More details follow below the card photo.

Lace & Polka Dots using Bird Ballad Materials:
  • Bird Ballad Laser-Cut Cards & Tin
  • Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper (DSP) – Pink Polka Dot Design (4-1/8″ x 5-1/2″)
  • Very Vanilla cardstock  (approx 4-1/4″ x 2-1/2″)
  • Rooted In Nature Cling Stamp Set (sentiment)
  • Crumb Cake Classic Ink Pad
  • Versamark Ink Pad
  • Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder
  • Embossing Buddy
  • Stamparatus
  • Simply Shammy
  • Heat Tool
  • Stitched Nested Labels Dies
  • Paper Snips
  • Petal Pink Organdy Stripped Ribbon
  • Rhinestones Basic Jewels
  • Adhesives: Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Snail Adhesive, Mini-Glue Dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals
Card Assembly:
  1. Attach the Bird Ballard Designer Series Paper panel to the lace panel card interior using small dots of Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  NOTE:  Check that the reverse design is in the correct direction.
  2. Select sentiment and use Stamparatus to stamp onto the piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  First, stamp the sentiment using Crumb Cake Stampin Pad.  Do not remove stamp from Stamparatus but use the Simply Shammy to carefully wipe the ink from the stamp.  Dust paper with the Embossing Buddy.  Use Versamark to ink stamp and stamp the sentiment again.  Carefully remove cardstock from the Stamparatus.  Apply Clear Emboss Powder and set using the heat tool.  
  3.  After the embossed sentiment is cool, cut using a Stitched Nested Labels Die.  
  4.  With paper snips, fussy cut floral elements from the Bird Ballard Designer Series Paper.  To avoid too much visual overload, I opted to keep the same color tones as the polka dot designer series paper.  Also, cut a bird from the paper.  TIP:  Select a partial bird from the edge of the DSP since you’ll be using just the bird’s head.  Also, cut an extra set of leaves to tuck around bird’s head and flowers.
  5.  Position the bird head and flowers around the sentiment piece.  Attach to the cardstock using snail and mini glue dots.
  6. Cut 2 pieces of the Petal Pink Organdy Stripped Ribbon approximately 3 inches in length.  Fold each in half and attach to the center of the laser cut panel at each side so that it will peek from behind the sentiment label.
  7. Next, attach the sentiment label using Stampin’ Dimensionals onto the laser-cut card and over the ribbon.
  8. Finish by adding small Rhinestone Basic Jewels to the center of the flowers.

Hope that I have inspired you to mix it up and try combining different patterns!  

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