Swiss Dot Bliss

Happy Friday, everyone! Woohoo - we made it to the weekend! Today's card was inspired by Beate's Weekend Sketch challenge from LAST Friday. I can't believe that Easter is just a little over two weeks away. Time to get "cracking" on those Easter egg cards! LOL! This card features two of the stamps in Verve's Easter Elegance set. I took my color inspiration for the card from the very pretty paper that I almost entirely covered up. It's from the For Peep's Sake collection from Imaginisce. It has tulips and scrolly flowers on one side, and the reverse is the gorgeous soft sky-esque dotted striped paper I used for the Happy Easter panel. I started out the card by embossing the Easter egg stamp with black embossing powder on Pearlized Bright White paper. I then painted the eggs with a fine tip watercolor brush and mixtures of Diamond Glaze and re-inkers (in Pretty in Pink, Barely Banana, and Cool Caribbean). Once it dried, I colored over the pink sections with a Copic marker to get more of a guava color, since I didn't have a Groovy Guava reinker. I also highlighted the swirls on either side with a green copic marker.

Next I lined my image panel up on the very bottom of my Swiss Dots folder, so that only one row of dots was embossed. I absolutely LOVE how this turned out. I'm sure you'll be seeing a lot of this from me, because I love little dotted borders, and this is SO easy! I'm afraid I might end up wearing out my folder, I love it so much! :) Anyways, I turned it around and did the bottom edge as well as the top and bottom of the Happy Easter panel. Helpful Hint: I'd recommend doing the embossing BEFORE you color the eggs, as with my first attempt, I ended up with more of a cracked glass look for the Easter eggs, because the Diamond glaze cracked a little under the pressure of the Cuttlebug. :)

The ribbon was a total impulse buy at the LSS the other day. I mean, these people really know they're stuff... put beautiful swiss dot ribbon on the counter in gorgeous spring colors for 99 cents and just see if anyone can pass it up! LOL! It's by American Crafts and is so yummy! So what else? Oh, the polka dot paper is from Paper Salon and called Polka Dot Burst. I added some Stardust stickles to every other row of dots because I wanted a little more pizazz. Everything is matted with Paper Accents Black Pepper Muslin and the two corners are made with just the corner section of a Mega scallop square punch with a 1/8" hole punched in largest scallop.

Okay, have a blissful weekend everyone! Oh, and be sure to check out this cute card Paula Goff made using the packaging from her Verve stamps. Too clever! :)

23 comments

  1. This is such a stunning card! I love it! TFS :)

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  2. This is a beautiful card! I was extremely happy to receive this stamp set a few days ago and can't wait to get them inked. Thank you, thank you for the free and quick shipping. JOY!

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  3. embossing only one row of dots is genius! Great card!

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  4. I am IN LOVE with your polka dot borders!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! pure GENIUS!!!!!!

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  5. Such a cute card I love how you used the embossing folder.

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  6. Beautiful card Ilove your colours. Hugs Marja

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  7. Too cute :)! Love this card and the patterned paper/layout of the card.


    Hugs,
    Catherine
    www.mystampinggrounds.blogspot.com

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  8. Julee,

    Your card is beautiful! I love the colors, your coloring, your BEAUTIFUL stamps....

    Thanks so much for participating in the challenge. I need to get my act together and try your layouts again. Weeks just seem to go by to fast.

    Have a great weekend! Hugs and smiles

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  9. totally stunning Julee!! Love this! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

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  10. Your card is very pretty Julee and the embossing is beautiful! I love this stamp and it's on my list of "must haves".
    malieta:)

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  11. Way cute! I discovered the dot border last week when I did a panel and it slipped going in and didn't emboss all the way to the edge - instead of tossing it and doing another one, I decided to try just one row and it WORKED! LOL!

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  12. Love this card, it's gorgeous. That paper by Imaginescense is awesome, I need to buy some!!

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  13. Julee, you are simply BRILLIANT! GREAT card and I *love* the swiss dot border!
    Smiles, Pam :)

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  14. I really like this card. I was intrigued by the glazy look of the eggs. I don't think I would have thought to make the diamond glaze into paint. Also I think the idea of the embossed dots is genius!

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  15. Stunning card! The dark mats set off the other bright colors so well! And embossing just one row? I'll say it again ... GENIUS! Can't wait to give that one a try. Thanks for sharing!

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  16. Beautiful card!!

    And thanks for the Swiss dots embossing folder tip; can't wait to try it out!

    ~Hugs, Deb

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  17. What great colors Julee! And your dot trick is fab. I HOPE we'll see more! What's black pepper muslin? The color of the CS? LOVE it.
    I also like how your dotted ribbon matches that one egg perfectly! It really stands out.

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  18. Julee, beautiful card!! I was at that same craft store this week I think! I got a BUNCH of that ribbon! There's probably 4 feet or less on each roll, and I probably bough 12 rolls, but that somehow feels better than spending $12 on 1 or 2 rolls! They're so clever! I have the dotted swiss folder coming in the mail any day now! Can't wait to try your "invention"! Jeanne

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  19. Beautiful Card!!!
    cute stamp..pretty papers
    and ribbon.
    Love the embossing!

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