Monday, February 6, 2023

Kylie Bertucci's Monthly International Blog Highlights February 2023

Welcome to Kylie Bertucci's Monthly International Blog Highlights for February. We will be sharing our projects and ideas to help inspire you to create beautiful Thank You cards. Stampin' Up! Demosntrators from around the world are taking part in this wonderful blog hop and their projects are simply amazing. I hope you will take the time to hop along with us this month.
For my card design, I wanted to play with the In The Country stamp set, which is a Level 1 Sale-a-bration Reward you can earn free with a qualifying order. I wanted to a vintage feel to my card with soft colors and the look of worn bricks to give the design an aged look. I used Watercolor Pencils to color the image to add some soft, faded color to the design. This design works well for masculine cards and could be used for other occasions such as a birthday, thinking of you or even a retirement card.
Products Used:
In The Country stamp set (item #160828) Sale-a-bration 
Level 1 Reward
Go To Greetings stamp set (item #158763)
Deckled Rectangles Dies (item #159173)
Something Fancy Dies (item #160424)
Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing Folder (item #149643)
Early Espresso Cardstock (item #119686)
Crumb Cake Classic Ink Pad (item #147116)
Cajun Craze Classic Ink Pad (item #147085)
Very Vanilla Cardstock (item #101650)
Stazon Saddle Brown Pad (item #151508)
Versamark Pad (item #102283)
Metallics Embossing Powders (item #155555)
Watercolor Pencils Assortment 1 (item #141709)
Watercolor Pencils Assortment 2 (item #149014)
Blender Pens (item #102845)
Sponge Daubers (item #133773)
Stampin' Dimensionals (item #104430)
Early Espresso Cardstock
Card Base - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" (Scored at 4 1/4")
Large Rectangle die cut with the Deckled Rectangles Dies 
Sentiment Label die cut with the Something Fancy Dies 
Very Vanilla Cardstock
Background Layer - 5 1/4" x 4" embossed with the Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing Folder
Focal Layer die cut with the Deckled Rectangles Dies 
This Thank You card features some fun coloring techniques that you can use to add texture and depth to your design. For the background layer, I sponged the embossed areas using Sponge Daubers to add Crumb Cake and Cajun Craze Classic ink to the cardstock. The sponging helps highlight the bricks in the embossing to add a vintage look to this layer. For the focal layer, I stamped the image with Saddle Brown Stazon ink to continue that vintage feel to the design. I colored the image with Watercolor Pencils and smoothed out the pencil lines with a Blender Pen to give the image a soft watercolor look. The sentiment was heat embossed with Gold embossing powder onto an Early Espresso label die cut with the Something Fancy Dies. I used one of the Deckled Rectangles Dies to cut the right side of the label so that it would match up with the edge of the focal layer. I love how the Deckled Rectangles give the illusion of torn edges. I chose not to add any embellishments so that it would have a more rustic feel to the design. 
Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog. I hope that my card design will help inspire you to create your own beautiful Thank You cards. Stampin' Up! has so many wonderful products that you can mix and match to help create your own unique designs. Don't forget to take advantage of Sale-a-bration and earn free products with a qualifying order. 
I would love it if you would take the time to vote for my card design for this month's International Blog Highlights You can click on the Vote button below and click on the heart above the thumb nail image for my card (Card #21). You can vote for up to 5 cards each day for the next week, so please take the time to visit with my fellow Demonstrators and share the love by voting for their projects too. We would also appreciate it if you would leave us a comment and let us know what you enjoyed about our designs.

If you live in the U.S. and do not have a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, please contact me and I would be happy to help you with your creative projects. You may also visit my Online Store to place your order and have it shipped to you. 

Until Next Time

Happy Stamping,

Tricia Butts
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

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  1. I love the vintage feel of your card, Tricia! ~ Kim Kroeker

  2. Like Kim I like the old world feel. And it's great for guys and girls. Thanks Tricia for being part of my International Blog Highlights this month and all the best with voting!

  3. Great card Tricia! Simple but beautiful and the embossed background is a perfect addition. Mx

  4. The sponged brick background really sets it off.

  5. I love the brick background! Cute card!