Graceful Tiles is one of the HIdden Gems from the Annual Catalog. And now it is retiring. When I first saw it I loved the look but wasn’t sure how to use it. Today’s project is a Fun way to use the fan looking stamp. And all of the retiring products are still available!!
The lovely Graceful Tiles stamp set is a wonderful mix of images and some really nice sentiments. The sentiments have a mix of fonts, which is something I always love. I have only one of the images here. It is the beautiful fan looking one. On a scrap of paper I was playing around to see what I could build. And I discovered this flower looking one.
To create this look, I stamped the fan shape once. Next I turned and stamped it again directly across from the first with the pointed end just barely overlapping. Then I did one on each side the same way. And I love the final look. It has one of those kaleidoscope looks to it. I am dating myself with those tubes we would look through and turn the end to see all of the shapes. LOL!!!
The sentiment is one of those mixed font ones that I mentioned. This is a great one for many occasions. And since the image is pretty neutral as well, they pair perfectly together.
The papers used were the starting point of the card regarding color. I have always loved the Textured Chic Designer Series Paper. And am really sad for it to retire. But I know it has to happen. This dotted piece with a muted background is one that was not really used much. So it became my starting point.
The Blushing Bride card stock and Ink are not really in the papers. It is supposed to be Petal Pink. But I liked the softer shade of Blushing Bride. And it still works with the DSP. Of course having the thin layer of Basic White between the base and DSP helps to smooth out any color differences. Plus it helps the paper pop more.
To bring out the gold dots in the DSP I wanted a touch more gold in the card. I found this with the Distressed Gold Specialty Designer Series Paper. This is a great gold to use because it is not the foil so it doesn’t get scratches or dents in it. (Note: It is the only thing used that is carrying over, besides the Basic White of course, but it is on low inventory right now.) As a final touch of gold, I added one of the Pastel Sequins, a gold one, to the center of the kaleidoscope feature.
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