Hello, fellow crafters! Today I have a diamond ring bling engagement card that I made for one of my best (life-long) friends who just got engaged! This card had a few obstacles despite its clean and simple design. I learned a few things that I will share so you don’t waste unnecessary time like I did. 😉
I am also submitting this card to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where this week’s theme is ‘Think Pink’ in honour of breast cancer awareness month. I’ll say it again, if you think anything is unusual about your breasts -or if you haven’t been checked in a while, get to your doctor for a check-up. It might be a few minutes of a little pain but it could save your life!!
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First I cut a piece of pale pink cardstock to a standard card size of 4.25″ x 5.5″. Then I stamped using Versamark ink all over the cardstock with a few of the accent stamps from Lawn Fawn’s Happy Wedding stamp set to give my card a subtle tone-on-tone look that still has a celebratory feel to it. I wanted the diamond ring to be the main focus of the card.
When I first went to make the ring, I made it a lot harder than it needed to be. Do know that this (much simpler) idea to make the band and the setting in silver was only realised after I spent about an hour doing different colour combos. Gold band, silver setting, silver diamond. Gold band, silver setting, silver sparkle embossing powder. Different sparkle embossing powder. Glitter. This went on for about an hour and I still didn’t love the look of the ring – first it was where I filled the band or diamond in. Then the white border was driving me nuts. I didn’t want to fussy cut because I wanted to die cut a piece of foam to give the ring dimension and really take center stage on the card. I finally realised a much easier answer was staring me in the face. In the end I heat embossed the entire diamond stamp in a silver embossing powder on heat resistant acetate. That solved my issue with the white border around the ring AND I was able to use an iridescent glitter on the backside of the stamp so glitter wouldn’t get all over the place. It also gave the diamond a more realistic effect. If only I had a diamond ring that big!! 😀
After the ring drama, I was delighted because all that was left was to add the bling for the ring and the sentiment and attach my card front. What I didn’t realise was that it was a terrible idea to try to heat emboss over my watermarked design. Since I used Versamark ink to create the watermark, I guess it was still sticky and the silver embossing powder stuck to EVERYTHING! I panicked and thought I was going to have to do a whole new base when I realised that I could use a tiny paintbrush to get rid of all the excess powder off the places I didn’t want it…even the images in the background. Didn’t mess them up at all. But, it still took ages to get in between all the letters and I’d say I spent half an hour before I could heat set the sentiment. And before you ask, yes, I totally hit the background with the heat gun BEFORE I stamped the bling and sentiment. And, yes, I used my powder tool too. Didn’t help at all. Maybe some of you have a tip for me I’m not aware of! Please leave a comment if you do!
To finish off the card I trimmed the pink card down a small bit because I found a fun patterned paper to mat it on.
Bye for now!
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FULL SUPPLY LIST:
Lawn Fawn: Happy Wedding stamp and die sets, stamp shammy
Versamark: Watermark ink pad
Hero Arts: Silver, Gold embossing powder, Wagner heat gun
Neenah: Solar White Classic Crest cardstock 80lb
Stampin’ UP!: Pink Pirouette cardstock
Cricut: Cuttlebug machine
Ranger: Multi Medium Matte glue
EK Success: powder tool, Cutter Bee scissors
Fiskars 12″ paper trimmer, patterned paper, iridescent glitter, Scotch foam tape