Bike Ride and At Home With You - Father's Day Card

Mon 26 Jun 2017

Hello! I had so much fun making my Father's Day card for Dad this year. As soon as I saw the new Annual Catalogue, I fell in love with this stamp set and decided I just HAD to have it. It wasn't available on the demonstrator pre-order, so I had to wait until the catalogue went live at the beginning of this month, but then it was in my very first order. It's just as much fun to play with as I thought it would be, and I've got loads of ideas in my head for how I can use it.

This card has had to wait a bit before being blogged, as my Dad lives abroad, and I'm never entirely sure how reliable the post is going to be between us and my folks. In the end, it arrived with him a couple of days late - not ideal, but not the latest it's ever been. He tells me he loves it, and I hope you do too! You could tweak it for a Happy Birthday card, or a Congratulations card - in fact I think it would work for most things, all you need to do is swap the sentiment out.

My first thought when I saw this stamp set, was to create a card that showed the bike standing outside the lovely door from the "At Home With You" set, and that's exactly what I've done here. I left the door very subtly coloured (literally just dragged the colour from the stamped lines using a blender pen), as I wanted the bicycle to be the star of the show. I know I keep going on about it, but I do love stamp-and-die combinations... this would have been a nightmare if I'd had to cut everything out! As it was, I gave my trusty Big Shot and Magnetic Platform a bit of a workout and it all came together as easily as anything. 

One of my favourite things from the "Build a Bike" framelits is actually something I hadn't noticed before I started to play with the set. Do you see the cobbles underneath the bike? They're done with this little die - it's actually a tiny embossing plate:

Doesn't look like anything in particular, when you first see it - I was expecting it to cut holes, but of course there's no cutting edge. I left the embossing "as is" on this card, but you could sponge it with some ink to add even more texture if you wanted. Isn't it brilliant?

There are lots of things in the Bike Ride set that you can put into the basket, and onto the luggage rack, but I used the gift that comes in the "At Home with You" bundle, and coloured it in with lour lovely watercolour pencils. The Happy Father's Day wordng comes from "Thoughtful Banners", and the signs that they're stamped onto are, again, from the "At Home" bundle. Another of those really useful little stamp-and-die combos, and I can see me using it with loads of different sets. 

While I was making this card, I took the opportunity to have a play with the various "accessory" stamps that come in the Bike Ride set. If you're a fan of two-step stamping, then you'll love these, as they're mostly not just two-step, but three-step images! Great fun. I'll write a separate blog post showing all of these, but here's a little taster so you can see the kind of thing I mean:

Stampin' Up! Three Step Stamping

How cute is that?! 

Anyway... I'm getting carried away now. Can you tell I love this stamp set? Pop back in a day or so to see the three-step-stamping post, and in the meantime scroll down to see everything I used to make the card featured in this post. 

Thanks for dropping by! See you soon... xx

 

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