Oh my gosh, I can't tell you how much I LOVE this new Designer Series Specialty Paper. Rockabilly is one of the new Specialty papers because some of the designs have a printed gloss finish (kind of like heat embossing). It is GORGEOUS!!! Another great thing about Rockabilly DSP is it's versatility -- it can be fun and playful (even downright funky) or bold and elegant, depending on which designs you use. I'll try to show you a bit of both in the projects I've created today!
This first card is on the elegant side, if I do say so myself. I love how this turned out -- so rich and romantic! The bottom stripe piece is some of the glossy finish paper -- a beautiful, rich, black-on-black. I punched the bottom edge with the new Eyelet Border Punch (a MUST have), and tied a length of 1/4" Black Grosgrain ribbon across. The card base is Basic Black and Real Red cardstock forms the 2nd layer. The hearts from the Always Stamp Set are stamped with Black Craft Ink and embossed with Clear Embossing Powder and the Heat Tool. After cutting them out, I attached them using Stampin' Dimensionals. The "bow" was made using the Frayed Ribbon Technique which you can read more about here. When you use this technique, make sure you don't skimp on the ribbon. I cut a long piece to make the bow (probably about 8" (twice what I would normally use for a bow), and then left about 1" of it unfrayed while I passed the strands under the ribbon strip already attached to the card and tied it (see the photo for a close-up of this process). Once it was tied, I trimmed the ends, cutting off the piece that had not yet been fringed! I think the Fringed Ribbon adds a perfect touch of something special to this beautiful card. To finish it off, I added a layer of Whisper White Cardstock to the inside of the card, stamped the bird image from Always, again with Black Craft Ink and embossed it for a glossy element on the inside of the card as well!
Well, from elegant to downright fun, I created this next card by CASEing one that I saw on Taylor VanBruggen's website here. The card base is Basic Black and the second layer is Summer Sun. I used one of the new Stampin' Up! Backgrounds Texturz Plates for the dotted swiss texture. I also followed someone's advise about lightly misting your cardstock with rubbing alcohol before running it through the Big Shot to apply the texture. IT WORKS! It really does create a much more defined texture in the cardstock (you could also mist with water but the alcohol will dry faster). The large dot DSP is from Rockabilly. The stamp set is Just Buzzin' By. I added some Dazzling Diamonds Glitter on the little bee wings! The corners were punched with the Ticket Corner Punch. I made Faux Brads by punching out 1/4" circles of Summer Sun, gluing them on with 2-way glue and then "dropping" a few drops of Crystal Effects on each one for a raised effect. This photo shows you a little more of the dimension from both the Texturz Plate and the Crystal Effects. Make sure you allow plenty of time for the Crystal Effects to dry. I attached the image layer to the card using Stampin' Dimensionals! and added some Black Gingham ribbon. And of course, I needed to decorate the inside of the card as well with a little bee and flower! Too cute, don't you think?
I've got some more great projects featuring Rockabilly Specialty Designer Series Paper that will be revealed tomorrow on this blog, so be sure and stop by again! Did I mention that I LOVE this paper???
One of my DSP Sampler Kits features Rockabilly as well as the other 3 Specialty Papers. By ordering a sampler, you get a BIG 6x12" sheet of each of the 24 Specialty DSP papers, enough to make dozens of cards and scrapbook pages, without the expense of purchasing entire packs of each collection. You can check out all my DSP samplers here or by clicking on my Online Store Window in the left side-bar.
Remember to stop by tomorrow for more great projects from the Rockabilly Specialty Designer Series Paper!
I hope to see you then! Blessings, Gretchen