Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Fancy Wedding Cake Card

Last month, I went to Southern California to a wedding of two good friends with my family.  We had such a great time and the weather was perfect for the event.

This is the card I made for the bride and groom.  I love how it turned out! Since the cake centerpiece was so elaborate, I didn't want to make the background too busy.  I kept the accents simple and elegant. I used white Liquid Applique for the frosting and let it dry overnight.  The next day, I used my heat gun on just the frosting parts and it poofed up like magic!  I found that if I didn't let the Liquid Applique dry completely and used the heat right after, I got more of a popcorn texture that didn't puff up as much.

Here's a side view of the cake.  It's actually three layers of the same image. I used the complete cake image on the bottom, two cake layers on top of that, and then one cake on the third layer.  Long ago, I had seen this technique demonstrated by the owner of the stamp company on a local crafting show. 


The inside of the card was kept simple.  Love the silhouette of the bride and groom from Kim Hughes's wedding stamp set!  I cut an easy tab out of the white cardstock layer to give it some dimension when you open the card.  I also used a very black pigment ink to stamp the image so it would be crisp and solid.

Stamps: Wedding Cake (Stamps by Judith), Mr. & Mrs., Tiny Heart (A Muse), congratulations sentiment, bride and groom from "I Thee Wed" by Kim Hughes (Cornish Heritage Farms)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Brilliance Graphite Black (Tsukineko), Poppy Red (Papertrey Ink), Copic markers
Paper: Apple Red & Espresso Shimmer Couture (A Muse), Swimming Pool (Bazzill), Cryogen White cardstock  
Accessories: Robin's Egg & White Pretty Pearls (A Muse), Martha Stewart Heart Confetti punch (EK Success), Circle & Scallop Circle Punches (Marvy), Big Note Top Die (Stampin' Up!), Something Old, Something New corner punch (Fiskars), White Polka Dot Sheer ribbon (A Muse), White Liquid Applique (Marvy), Heated Craft Tool (Ranger), Piercing tool

Monday, June 28, 2010

Welcome to my TeaDub Design blog!

I'm very happy you've found your way to my little crafty world!  After being inspired by so many crafters out there who share their wonderful lives and talent in blogland, I thought I'd throw my two cents into the pile.  Oh, and also after being gently nudged by a few crafty friends over the know who you are!

So what's the explanation behind the name of my blog you might ask?  Well, both my husband and I have the same initials, 'TW' and most everyone calls him "T-Dub" at his work.  After brainstorming many ideas for a blog name, I decided to also adopt the same nickname for myself.

I want to first start off by sharing a picture of my very first set of rubber stamps I collected as a kid.  Aren't these the cutest images ever?  These are my all-time prized possessions of wood-mounted All Night Media stamps! I bought them when I was probably about seven years old back in the early 80s (I know I just dated myself).  ANM was the "in" company that made rubber stamp images that I liked.  

I remember that I wanted so many more stamps I saw in the store but at the average price of $7 per stamp, that was really expensive for me as a kid! So, I selected my most favorite ones and have always kept them safe with me through the years.

Here's another one of my early stamps made by Hero Arts.  The label on the side says ©1985 Hero Arts Rubber Stamps.  Yikes...have I had it that long?!

These are some of the later All Night Media Stamps in color from my collection.  I especially love the cat one hanging on for dear life to that heart balloon! The cute bunny with the belly button was like the mascot of the company.

Check out the thickness between the wood handle profile of my earlier stamp compared to a newer wood handle. They sure don't make 'em like they used to anymore! 

Back in the day, I didn't know much about coloring in images and I would usually stamp using one ink pad color.  I look back now and think how funny that was!  Hee hee!  I've come a long way since my humble beginning as a paper crafting stamper and so has the crafting industry!  There are so many fabulous products, tools, and wonderfully talented crafters out there!

Thanks for visiting my little corner and I hope to inspire you with my stories and creations!


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