Welcome! The Parisian Beauty Engagement Card is my project for the May Candy Hearts Blog Hop. This “hop” is hosted by my team leader, Candy, and the participants are members of her team of Candy Hearts.Today we are sharing wedding and anniversary themed projects. After reading my post, I hope you will “hop” to the next blog on the list below.
When you think of romance and getting engaged, do you think of Paris? I sure do! A nephew recently proposed to his girlfriend, and although their big moment was on a beach in Connecticut rather than under the Eiffel Tower, it was very special for them, and this card is full of congratulatory romance.
I used the Parisian Beauty stamp set from Stampin’ Up! to make this card. The set has been a hit in the January to June mini catalog, and it is carrying over to the 2020-2021 annual catalog that launches for customers on June 3, 2020. It is a stunning, sophisticated stamp set for travel, for romance, for New Orleans Saints football fans (there is a fleur-de-lis), and for lots of grand sentiments and occasions. The Parisian Dies accompany the stamps to cut and emboss the tower, to crop some of the other images, and to add the words Amour and Merci to a project.
My card was inspired by the work of Lisa Mackey, a talented Stampin’ Up! demonstrator in New York. I enjoy following her blog and her Facebook page. She is very creative, and a card she made with this stamp set caught my eye. Her card, as well as her knack for embellishment inspired several elements of my project.
To make the card base, I used Seaside Spray card stock. I added a layer of Crumb Cake behind a layer of Very Vanilla on which I stamped the sentiment “I love you til…” with Crumb Cake ink five times, using my Stamparatus for placing and moving the stamp. I wrapped Seaside Spray Scalloped ribbon around the Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla layers, then wrapped Crumb Cake twine around the ribbon. I then tied the twine into a bow on the side of the card. I tucked a piece of Washi tape above the ribbon, and adhered both layers to the card base.
Using Crumb Cake ink, I stamped the Eiffel Tower onto Very Vanilla card stock, then glued it onto layers of Crumb Cake and Seaside Spray card stock. I then stamped “You’re Engaged” from Itty Bitty Greetings in Seaside Spray ink on a scrap of Very Vanilla card stock, then layered it on a scrap of Seaside Spray. I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the sentiment to the tower, then added three rhinestones – two blue and one champagne.
Using a scrap of the brown paper from Tropical Oasis designer paper and the Triple Banner Punch, I notched a banner that I glued to the back of the layered panel (with the tower), then lined the back of the panel with foam adhesive strips. I removed the backing from the foam strips, then adhered the panel to the card base.
I lined the inside of the card with a layer of Very Vanilla, and i stamped a fleur-de-lis in Seaside Spray in the lower corner.
- Soft Seaside card base = 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored and folded at 5 1/2″
- Crumb Cake layer = 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
- Very Vanilla layer = 4″ x 5 1/4″
- Soft Seaside base panel = 2 7/8″ x 4 3/4″
- Crumb Cake panel layer = 2 3/4″ x 4 5/8″
- Very Vanilla panel layer = 2 5/8″ x 4 1/2″
- Very Vanilla sentiment = 1 11/16″ x 7/16″
- Seaside Spray layer behind sentiment = 1 3/4″ x 1/2″
- Very Vanilla inside layer = 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
- Ribbon = ~6″
- Twine = ~16″
- Washi tape = ~3″
- Designer paper for banner = 2″ 3″
The Parisian Beauty stamp set is very versatile, and this engagement card was fun to make. After deciding how to showcase the tower, and to repeat the stamp for a background, I enjoyed determining the layered embellishments, which I believe add some “pop” to the card. I experimented with a lot of items, to the point of nearly adding “the kitchen sink”. I hope you enjoy the elements that I selected, and I hope the newly engaged couple enjoys the card.
Thank you for visiting my site today! Please click on the links below to “hop” to the sites of the other blog hop participants. You will enjoy the creativity of the other stampers.
- Candy Ford of Stamp Candy
- Joanne Brown of Stamping With Jojo
- Linda Krueger of The Stamp Coach YOU ARE HERE!
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