The Stampin' Up! exclusive Pop 'n Cuts Card Base, Dress Form Insert and matching Dress Up Framelits are perfect for a Mother's Day card. For this card I decided to go with an elegant theme, using a Stampin' Up! stamp set I just received last week Papaya Collage, and Fan Fair Designer Series Paper. This paper just hit the Retired List yesterday, so get it while you can at a discount!
For the card front, I used a craft knife to cut along the right edge of the Eiffel Tower so I could tuck two of my stamped and colored roses underneath. I used the Labels Collection Framelits for the title block. The "Wonderful Mother" stamp is Stampin' Up!, but from a retired set.
Inside the card I was delighted to find out that my idea would work - to "frame" Mom's dress using the stamp. It was the perfect size to attach to the front of the table legs.
Here are a couple of decorating tips when using the Dress Form Pop 'n Cuts:
- When using a backing card with a different pattern/color from the interior card, especially if there is a huge difference in color, the "table" can quickly resemble a fireplace. This is a great effect when you actuallly want to turn the table into a fireplace. (Think Mrs. Claus, like Fran did last Christmas)
- If you'd like the table to more closely resemble a table, however, then try using scraps of the same patterned paper as the card's interior inside the backing card before gluing in the Pop 'n Cuts card. This will put the same "wall" and "floor" color behind the table and dress form.
- Post-it notes work great for masking off the table area for inking and stamping. I rarely bother masking the dress form itself because most often I'm using the companion Dress Up Framelits, which will cover the dress form.
- The masks allow me to sponge and stamp all over the table, changing its look entirely.
Here is a close-up of the pop-up portion of the card:
For the frame itself, I tried the emboss-in-clear-and-then-iron-it-off technique that is so popular right now. (That's my lazy way of avoiding figuring out and properly crediting where I first saw this technique. Kelly Booth maybe?) I stamped the frame in clear Versamark ink onto Whisper White cardstock and embossed with clear powder. Then I sponged Island Indigo ink all over the frame. I used an iron with scratch paper to heat up and remove the clear embossing powder. As the iron melted the powder, it was transferred to the scratch paper. The resulting frame has a crisp white design with a matte finish. I like this technique! I'll be using it again. Go ahead and leave a comment below if you invented it - grab your glory, smart person!
For the dress, I first die cut a dress from the Fan Fair DSP and then used scissors to snip the waist from both sides, leaving only a small portion held together. I fanned out some score lines and accordion folded the bottom half of the dress, creating pleats. I brushed the tops of the pleats with ink and then smoothed out the dress again. I added a strip of DSP at the waist to cover the cut lines and also added a decorative button from my stash. A little rhinestone necklace finished off the look.
The frame is attached to the front of the table legs and then for some added drama, I knotted some ribbon through holes in the top corners and attached the ribbon to the back of the card with a decorative brad. You'll have to do this before attaching the backing card so the brad prongs will be hidden between the layers.
This particular piece of paper has a slight amount of red detailing. In the upper right corner are some red postmarks. I felt that the red needed to carry through somewhere else on the card, so after die cutting the greeting I left the paper in the Framelits die and traced it with a Stampin' Write marker to add the thin red line border. The "My Mom" is also a Stampin' Up! stamp, but from a retired set.
The finished card is a standard A2 card, fits in a regular envelope and mails for a single stamp. Wouldn't your mother love a card like this? She's done so much for you, I think it's only right that you invest in these dies to show her how much you love her. Do it for Mom!