When I saw this sketch challenge from Card Positioning Systems (CPS 165), I knew immediately what I wanted to do. I loved Stampin' Up!'s King of the Grill stamp set the minute I saw it in the new Summer Mini. What a great, whimsical set for men! Lots of fun greetings in it, too! I thought the little circle accents in the sketch looked like the knobs on a grill…don't you? Ok…maybe it is just me…
I knew I wanted a RED grill, so I started with a base 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 square Real Red card. Next, I found a red pattern in Jackpot Designer Paper and layered it on Basic Black for the background.
For my focal piece, I ran the Whisper White cardstock thru my Big Shot along with an oval chipboard template and the new Square Lattice Impressions folder. The oval template allows the center to remain smooth, but around the edges are textured. A very cool technique to add some texture.
EDIT: I had to play around a little to get this to work in my Big Shot. I cut ovals out of two rectangle pieces of DSP chipboard and glued the reverse rectangle pieces together. This template (with the ovals cut out), I placed on TOP of the Impressions Folder, with the cardstock inside. I placed the Big Shot platform closed first, a piece of cardstock for the shim, then the Impressions Folder with cardstock, the chipboard on top of the Impressions Folder and finally one Acrylic Plate. That gave me enough pressure to run thru the Big Shot. It gave me the smooth oval in the front with the texture surrounding it.
I stamped my King of the Grill image in the center with Basic Black Classic Ink. I used my AquaPainter and Stampin' Write Markers in the colors of Real Red, Going Gray, Basic Black, Sahara Sand, Chocolate Chip, Brocade Blue and Bashful Blue. I used the Blush Blossom Stampin' Write Marker full strength for the face and hands. I stamped the greeting (using my Stamp-a-ma-jig!!!) "It's a BTUtiful thing!" in Basic Black Classic Ink under the image. I added the Whisper White cardstock to a layer of Basic Black, rounding the corners with my Corner Rounder Punch.
Finally, I cut a tab of Basic Black and placed it on the front of the card where I wanted it. I used my Piercing Tool and Mat Pack template to determine where my holes would be and pierced them. I added the three Star Designer Brads in a row.
I'm thrilled with how this turned out! What do you think? Hope you have a wonderful Sunday! And remember to come back for BLOG CANDY this week!
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