Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Moroccan Vase Tutorial

Hello! Today I have another Vogue Vases 2 card and a confession to make. First, I'll make my confession. I've been claiming to be using Spellbinders™ Nestabilities® Matting Basics B on quite a few cards lately. I came to the realization a few days ago, that the Matting Basics set that I have is actually the A set, not B. Oops! Sorry about that confusion.

On the topic of the Matting Basics die templates, I get a lot of comments and questions about them.

Which set is best? I don't really think it matters which set you get. They alternate sizes, so if you have both sets, you could create narrower borders with your layers. Since the B set has one more die template than the A set, the penny pincher in me sees it as a better deal, but I can say that I have been thrilled with the A set and haven't felt deprived at all. Since I love narrow borders, the B set is now on my wish list, too.
Do they cut/emboss/stencil, or just emboss? Just like all Nestabilities, they do cut, emboss and stencil. On this card I used all three techniques on the focal layer, but on the card base I only embossed to create an embossed frame. I really love that you have that option with Spellbinders die templates! Do I really need them? When I first saw the Matting Basics sets, I thought how perfect they would be for beginning stampers, but that I didn't really need them. But then I used them and fell in love. Even though I make so many cards, I don't really think about measuring for A2 cards anymore, I love being able to stencil and emboss my layers, so I'm finding myself reaching for my Matting Basics more and more often. I don't know how I ever got by without them! 

To make my card, I started by cutting and embossing Pure Luxury White card stock with Spellbinders Matting Basics A and sponged some Memento Cantaloupe ink while still in the die template.

Then I sponged lightly with Memento Toffee Crunch ink.

I stamped the solid vase image using Memento Morocco ink.

Then I added some shading to the vase with my BV00 Copic marker.

I used a sticky note to mask off the vase, then stamped the foliage with Memento Bamboo Leaves.

I removed the mask and added a shadow below the vase using W3.

Then darkened the shadow right at the base of the vase with W5.

The card base is 4 ¼ by 5 ½ inches and made with Pure Luxury Tomato Soup card stock. I embossed the frame, using a larger die template from Matting Basics A and added some fabulous Zva bling to embellish. The sentiment was stamped on white, using Memento Morocco ink and adhered with Pop Dots. 

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful day! 


Elizabeth said...

Gorgeous card. I love all the shading you add to your images. It's such a great touch.

naneruth said...

Thanks Theresa for all the info on the Basic Matting Dies. I have been thinking of purchasing one of the sets and now have a much better understanding about them. Love your card so much and all the info you always post with your cards.

Becky said...

This is just elegant!

Becky said...

This is just elegant!

Rosy Newlun said...

The colors give this such a southwestern feel - lovely Theresa!

Paper Crazy Lady said...

I just came upon your site thanks to the Gina K blog hop. I'm very impressed. Love all the photos and the info you include with each project. I'll be back!