I first stamped it on Stampin' Up! Whisper White, but this cardstock has a smoother texture and doesn't "grab" the stamp as easily. This causes the stamp to slide just a little bit, which gives the image a fuzzy appearance. Switch over to the AMAZING Papertrey Ink white cardstock and experience a 180 degree difference! It immediately grabs the stamp and results in a crystal clear image...the way the stamped image is supposed to look. Keep in mind, I'm using a very steady hand on both attempts. In fact, I repeatedly attempted to use SU! cs and had the same result.
Here's an example of the two images stamped on the different cardstock: Awesome, right?!
Stampin' Up! vs Papertrey Ink CardstockThe color even photographs better using the PTI cardstock. I didn't realize that until I did this comparison. Mind you (and my SU! Demo friends) I don't think SU! cs is all bad...it's just not my favorite for filled images (vs the outlined images).
Okay...back to my poinsettia. After I stamped it three times, I cute one layer using Nestabilities Large Square dies, and cut out the medium and small layers of the poinsettia on the other two. I layered it using dimensionals (pay close attention to lining up the layers...they differ a little bit on each point), and added a pearl rhinestone that matches my patterned paper. I punched 1 1/2" circles to create my scalloped layers and added red satin ribbon. I cut the tag die and sponged Fresh Snow ink around the edges before removing it. I then stamped the sentiment using Memento, Tuxedo Black ink. I decided to keep the sentiment simple with white satin ribbon and no bows! Soooo unlike me...I love a great bow on a card...it usually adds so much. But, I thought "less is more" on this card...in an effort to keep it elegant.
I added some more rhinestone pearls between the scalloped circles...though it's hard to tell because they kind of get lost in the patterned paper. I still think they suit the overall card :O)
Okay, that's it for now. Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week :]