Bike Ride with a Flourish

Homemade card by Natalie Lapako featuring Bike Ride stamps and Flourish Thinlit Dies from Stampin' Up!

Bike Ride with a Flourish

My card today features a very feminine version of the new Bike Ride stamp set, accompanied by a flourishing flower background that uses white die cut shapes on a white background for textured look.

Homemade card by Natalie Lapako featuring Bike Ride stamps and Flourish Thinlit Dies from Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Flirty Flamingo, Powder Pink, Smoky Slate

So often we stamp color on white, then cut it out so it has a white border. Today I wanted to reverse that to change things up, so I embossed white on colored cardstock to create my bicycle. It now has a pink border instead of white, which I love!

Homemade card by Natalie Lapako featuring Bike Ride stamps and Flourish Thinlit Dies from Stampin' Up!

Adding Texture

I wanted texture in the background of my card, but I didn’t want it to overpower the bike image. One great way to do this is by using die cuts that are the same color as the background paper. In this case, I used white on white, but any color would work!

Depending on how much texture you want, die cuts could be glued down flat, raised up on dimensionals, or curled. I wanted a lot of texture for this card, so I used a minimal amount of glue to make sure things were attached securely, but left most of the shape free floating so it could stick up off the paper quite a bit.

The result is a rich and interesting background, but it is just that, a background! Because it is textured only and not colorful, it isn’t too busy. It doesn’t take away too much attention from the focal point: the bike!

Challenge Inspiration

This card was inspired by Global Design Project Challenge #091!

I love how open the theme challenges are at GDP; they are really accessible to everyone, no matter what stamps they have in their collections! I have been wanting to use the Bike Ride stamp set again, and this was the perfect opportunity.

Homemade card by Natalie Lapako featuring Bike Ride stamps and Flourish Thinlit Dies from Stampin' Up!

Card Directions

  1. First, cut a Powder Pink card base.
  2. Next, cut a Whisper White panel 1/4″ (0.6 cm) smaller than the card base.
  3. Adhere the white panel to the card base.
  4. Using Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies, cut a large circle out of Flirty Flamingo cardstock.
  5. On Powder Pink cardstock, stamp the bicycle body from the Bike Ride stamp set in VersaMark ink.
  6. Sprinkle on white embossing powder, tap off the excess, then heat with a heat tool until the powder is melted.
  7. Stamp the wheel image from Bike Ride in Smoky Slate ink, lining up the center of the wheel with the points where they connect to the bike frame. Wipe off any ink that gets on the embossed bicycle frame with the corner of a paper towel.
  8. Stamp the rims of the wheel (it looks like a plain circle stamp) in Flirty Flamingo ink. Again, wipe off any excess ink from the embossed frame.
  9. Fussy cut out the bicycle. Note: If you have the Build a Bike Framelits, stamp the bike frame and the wheels separately instead of in one image, so you can easily cut out the shapes.
  10. Color the handles, bike seat, and pedal with Flirty Flamingo and Smoky Slate Stampin’ Write markers. There are stamps for these shapes, too, but it easier to color than stamp when the surrounding lines are embossed.
  11. Attach the bike shape to the stitched circle shape with dimensionals.
  12. Cut out a variety of Whisper White leafy shapes and flowers using the Flourish Thinlit Dies. For some of my shapes I saved time by cutting out the largest Flourish shape, then trimmed it into three smaller pieces.
  13. Arrange the flourish thinlit leafy shapes and the circle on the card until you are happy with the placement, then remove the circle and glue down the stems of the leafy shapes with liquid glue.
  14. Adhere the circle to the card base with dimensionals, making sure to put dimensionals directly below the dimensionals from the bike, to help support it.

Homemade card by Natalie Lapako featuring Bike Ride stamps and Flourish Thinlit Dies from Stampin' Up!

Feminine Color Combination

It doesn’t get much more feminine than this combination of pinks, gray, and white. The delicate color palette goes well with the laciness of the Flourish Thinlit cutouts to create a card that is decidedly girly, which is sometimes exactly what you need!

Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Flirty Flamingo, Powder Pink, Smoky Slate, Whisper White

Materials

Cardstock: Whisper White, Flirty Flamingo, Powder Pink (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: VersaMark, Flirty Flamingo, Smoky Slate (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Bike Ride (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Stitched Shapes Framelits, Build a Bike Framelits, Flourish Thinlits (c) Stampin’ Up!

Markers: Flirty Flamingo, Smoky Slate (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: dimensionals

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Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

By Natalie Lapakko

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