This is a card I made for a friend who got engaged a few weeks back. She was on holiday at an exotic beachside location and her fiancé proposed to her. So that’s where the inspiration for this card has come from. 

I wanted to capture the blues of the ocean and make it a bit of a summer look yet, with an elegance to it. Coastal Cabana fit the colour brief for this card. How much more beachy can you get than a colour that has ‘Coastal’ in it’s name? 

The first stamp I pulled out was the Marbled stamp as it reminded me of waves. This was stamped in Coastal Cabana. 

Heat Embossing

My next step was to create an elegant layer to make this card fit for an engagement. By itself, the Delightfully Detailed Laser Cut Paper is stunning but I wanted to add an extra bit of glammer to it.

Heat embossing it with silver embossing powder just added that extra touch the card needed. This is quite simple to do.  Just apply your Versamark ink pad direct to the laser cut paper. A pair of tweezers do come in handy to hold it while heating it.  I did this a couple of times to make sure every part of the paper was covered in the silver embossing powder.

The gluing of this delicate paper can be a bit tricky. I have cut a sponge in half and stored it in a take away container especially for this purpose. Apply liquid glue on the rounded section and hold the sponge on the other end to apply glue to this. You could also use a bulldog clip to hold onto the sponge while you apply the glue. Applying glue in this way is so quick and easy as you cover a lot of area in little time and I know we all love to save time.

After this, it was a matter of creating the different layers. The banner was embossed with the Scattered Sequins embossing folder, with the sequins being another subtle hint of a celebration. 

The rest of the sentiment elements are from the Stitched All Around bundle.  The sentiment has been heat embossed in silver as well. I think this has got to be the bundle I have used the most from the Annual catalogue. It can be used in so many ways. The dies can be coordinated with other stamp sets too. How cute is the little heart? Very easy to miss among the other dies but it’s so pretty with the stitching around it and was the perfect embellishment to complete this card.

I used the little border stamp to decorate the inside of the card and the envelope to create a coordinated look.

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