Dare to Dream with Embossing Paste
Today I’m sharing a cheerful card with bright summer colors and an adorable host stamp set with uplifting images and sentiments. Can you guess it? It’s Dare to Dream!
I love how fun and versatile this stamp set is! I sent this card to my parents for their anniversary with a wish that they would enjoy many more years of their adventure together!
What is a Host Set?
Stampin’ Up! has several special stamp sets that are only available as host rewards. These stamp sets are a great value, usually much cheaper than equivalent stamps sets would be. There are two ways to earn them:
- Host a Stampin’ Up! workshop (also sometimes known as a party). You and your friends have the opportunity to order Stampin’ Up! products as a group. The designated host earns a percentage based on the amount of the overall order that can be spent on additional stamp sets including the special host sets.
- Any order that is over $150 (US) qualifies to earn rewards, even if it is a single person ordering! You can have a “me party” and place a large order. You earn a percentage of your purchase total back as a reward that can be spent on, you guessed it, host stamp sets!
You don’t have to spend your host rewards on only host stamp sets. You can spend it on anything in the catalog that your heart desires, but the host sets can only be earned that way and are a great deal.
Colored Embossing Paste
Embossing paste starts out white, but with a couple of drops from a reinker, you can make it any color you want! Or rather, you can make it any color for which you have a reinker.
I gave some detailed directions for how to mix colored embossing paste in an earlier card, so make sure to check out my tips on coloring embossing paste if you have never made colorful embossing paste before!
I think that colorful embossing paste looks especially striking on dark colored backgrounds, such as Basic Black or Night of Navy. It really makes the color stand out!
- First, cut and score a Pool Party card base.
- Next, cut a Berry Burst panel that is 1/8″ (0.3 cm) smaller than the card base.
- Then, cut a Night of Navy card panel 1/4″ (0.6 cm) smaller than the card base.
- Mix up some Pool Party colored embossing paste. (I actually used Bermuda Bay ink, since I didn’t have Pool Party in a reinker and just cut the amount of ink down so it was lighter. Hooray for stretching the supplies!)
- Apply the Pool Party embossing paste to the Night of Navy panel through the cloudy Pattern Party Decorative Mask. Set it aside to dry.
- Clean the mask right away: wipe off as much paste as possible with a baby wipe or paper towel, then use water and an (old) toothbrush to remove the rest. I wouldn’t say it is an emergency if the paste dries on there, but it is certainly more difficult to clean than if you clean it right away.
- Stamp the hot air balloon image from the Dare to Dream stamp set onto Berry Burst, Peekaboo Peach, and Powder Pink cardstock scraps using VersaMark ink. Sprinkle white embossing powder over the inked images, tap off the excess, then heat with a heat tool until the powder melts.
- Fussy cut out the balloons. (Fussy cutting means with a regular old scissors, there aren’t any special dies or punches for these stamps. They aren’t that difficult of a shape, though.)
- On a strip of vellum, about 1-1/2″ (1.8 cm) wide, stamp the sentiment from the Dare to Dream stamp set in VersaMark ink. Emboss with white embossing powder (sprinkle, tap, heat).
- Adhere the vellum layer to the cloudy Night of Navy layer. Either use careful placement of glue dots where they will be hidden in the final design OR fold the edges of the vellum around behind the Night of Navy panel and adhere it back there. (The second method is the one I used for this particular card.)
- Tie a piece of Peekaboo Peach and a piece of Berry Burst Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon with a piece of Pool Party Solid Baker’s Twine using a square (regular) knot. Wrap the ends of the Baker’s Twine around the panel at the bottom edge of the vellum and tie the ends in the back.
- Adhere the balloons to the card with dimensionals, then add a few Glitter Enamel Dots as an accent.
- Adhere the card front to the Berry Burst layer and the Pool Party card base.
Cardstock: Pool Party, Night of Navy, Berry Burst, Peekaboo Peach, Powder Pink (c) Stampin’ Up!
Ink: VersaMark, Pool Party (or Bermuda Bay) reinker (c) Stampin’ Up!
Stamps: Dare to Dream (c) Stampin’ Up!
Other: Vellum cardstock, Peekaboo Peach and Berry Burst Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon, Pool Party Solid Baker’s Twine, Pattern Party Decorative Mask, embossing paste, palette knives, white embossing powder, heat tool, Glitter Enamel Dots (c) Stampin’ Up!
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Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!
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