Grandma’s Silver

I have never been a girlie-girl. I explored the woods and caught salamanders in the stream instead of cutting out paper dolls and combing Barbie’s hair. I built forts and crawled through drainpipes instead of wearing tutus and having tea parties. But that doesn’t mean I don’t have an appreciation for the beautiful silver tea set that my grandmother had on the buffet in her dining room whenever we visited. And her silver inspired this card:

Cuppa Teapot

Tips and Tricks:

Framelits and Foil Paper: When you are using Foil Sheets in the Big Shot, you will want to cut down the Foil to the size of your framelit. The framelit will protect the image that you are cutting, but any excess Foil will be ruined by the pressure of running through the Big Shot. Even with brand new cutting plates the finish on the Foil Sheet will get dulled, but with used plates, every scratch and mark from your cutting plate will be transferred to the excess Foil Sheet passing through.

Embossing with a Stylus: The silver teapot was asking for a little embellishment. After I cut it, I did a little old-fashioned dry embossing. Now that we have these awesome Textured Impression Embossing Folders, I find that I don’t do so much embossing by hand anymore. So for this project I’ll pull out my Simply Scored Stylus and wax paper (I rub the back of my project with wax paper to allow the stylus to move easily across the project).

I attach the “embossing template” (in this case, the scallop framelit from Cups and Kettles) to the pre-cut teapot using washi tape. I tape the framelit so that the cutting side is up and the back of the framelit is next to the project:

Cuppa Teapot Emboss 1

I turn the project over and rub the stylus in the “track” of the framelit. Notice that I had to try a couple of times to find the beginning of the scallop on the right side of the teapot–that won’t show up on the other side as long as I don’t press too hard.

Cuppa Teapot Emboss 2

When I turn it over and remove the framelit, this is what I have:

Cuppa Teapot Emboss 3

For the pattern in the center, I did the same thing using one of our awesome TIEFs:

Cuppa Teapot Emboss 4

Cuppa Teapot Emboss 5

Patterned Designer Series Paper: Stampin’ Up! DSP is the best out there. The weight, the patterns, the double-sided-ness (not really a word, but you knew exactly what I meant!). There is a pattern for everything–see how the white dots in the background mirror the center pattern on the teapot perfectly?! And the “For You” has scallops to match those on the teapot?! Love it!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Papers: Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Cherry On Top DSP, Have a Cuppa DSP, Silver Foil Sheets
Accessories: Boho Chick TIEF, Circle Card Thinlits, Cups and Kettles Framelits, Mini Treat Bag Thinlits, Simply Scored Stylus, Tea Lace Paper Doilies

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