Friday, March 15, 2019

SBTD March Step It Up Blog Hop

Welcome to the SBTD March Blog Hop and it's time to "Step It Up" and take our projects to the next level. You will be visiting with Stampin' Up! demonstrators from around the world as they share their projects to inspire you. You may have just visited Susan's blog or perhaps you are starting your journey with me. I hope that you enjoy the projects we have to share with you today. 
 Today I thought I would show how to create a clean and simple card design and a stepped up version, using the Geared Up Garage Bundle (item #150610) and the Well Said stamp set (item #148796), both from the 2019 Occasions Catalog. I also used the Classic Garage 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper (item #148482) as an accent to both cards.
The clean and simple card design features a Smoky Slate cardstock card base and I stamped the background with images from the Geared Up Garage stamp set using Smoky Slate and Crushed Curry Classic ink pads. I really like the grunge style of the background and I think it's perfect for a masculine card. I added a Tranquil Tide cardstock strip 2" x 4 1/4" to matte the Whisper cardstock White strip which is 1 3/4" x 4 1/4". I stamped the car image and the sentiment using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored the car image using Stampin' Blends Markers. To finish off the card, I added to 1" strips of the Classic Garage Designer Series Paper and created banners on both strips using the Banner Triple Punch (item #138292). I layered them onto the card front so that they peek out from under the focal strip.  

For my stepped up card design, I took advantage of the amazing Garage Gears Thinlets dies that are a part of the Geared Up Garage Bundle. When you order both the stamp set and thinlets dies as a bundle, you save 10%. For this card I chose to use Tranquil Tide cardstock for the card basse and the matte for the designer series paper strip. I added a layer of Smoky Slate cardstock and stamped the images with Smoky Slate Classic ink. 
To create the gears, I die cut them from Smoky Slate cardstock and then coated them with Versamark ink and Silver embossing powder and heat embossed them. To give them a worn, stained look, I then coated them again with Versamark ink but this time I added a light coating of black embossing powder and heat embossed them. I love the way the silver shows through the black to give that wonderfully worn metallic look. For the card image, I stamped it in Versamark onto Whisper White cardstock and heat embossed it with Black embossing powder to give it a glossy look. I then colored the image with Stampin' Blends Markers and attached to the designer series paper strip with Stampin' Dimensionals. For the sentiment, I heat embossed it with Silver embossing powder onto Basic Black cardstock and die cut it with one of the banners from the Bunch of Banners Framelits dies (item #141488).
As you can see, you can create very different card designs using the same supplies. It's all about how you use them. The Classic Garage Suite in the 2019 Occasions Catalog has a wonderful range of products that coordinate beautifully to take all the stress out of creating. It's just a matter of having fun and exploring the possibilities. 

Thank you for visiting my blog today. I hope that you have enjoyed my card designs today and I hope they help inspire you to try stepping up your projects. Now it's time to visit Courtenay's blog and see what she has to share with us this month. Just click on the Next button below to visit her blog. I hope you enjoy the rest of your blog hop today. 
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Tricia Butts
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  1. Love both of your projects Tricia. The double layer of embossing powder on the gears look stunning!

  2. OMG :-) I love, love, love your cards :-) I am sad I didn't get this suite of products :-(

  3. Love your cards. This is just the inspiration I needed to pull this bundle off the shelf.