Goodbye to Beautiful Birthday and Distressed Dots…Hello Simply Pressed Clay!

It’s getting close to retirement time for the Stampin’ Up! Beautiful Birthday and Distressed Dots stamps, but we get to say “hello” to a fantastic new embellishment, Simply Pressed Clay.  This stuff is so cool, you can add ink to dye it, use the new Buttons & Blossoms molds to shape it or press a stamp into the clay to create a one-of-a-kind embellishment!  Just knead the ink in, press it into the mold or shape that you want, pop it into the freezer for about 20 minutes, then pop the clay out of the mold and let it dry completely.  I used the clay and a little bit of Pool Party ink to create the three flowers on my card.

My card design was inspired by the Mojo Monday 291 Sketch.

Beautiful Birthday

I started by stamping the Distressed Dots image in Crumb Cake ink on a Crumb Cake panel.  Then I adhered two Pool Party flags that I cut from the 2011-13 In Color DSP Stacks with SNAIL to the panel.  I cut a flag from the Pool Party Core’dinations card stock, embossed it with the Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder, sanded the raised areas and adhered it with SNAIL to the panel.  I wrapped a piece of Crumb Cake 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon and a piece of Pool Party 3/8″ Ruffled Ribbon around the panel and adhered them with SNAIL.  Then I adhered the decorated panel to a Crumb Cake card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Beautiful Birthday 1

I stamped the Beautiful Birthday sentiment on one of the embossed tags from the Pop-Up Posies Designer Kit in VersaMark ink, sprinkled it with Pool Party Stampin’ Emboss Powder and heat embossed it.  I kneaded a little bit of Pool Party ink refill into a small piece of Simply Pressed Clay and I pressed the clay into the new Buttons & Blossoms Simply Pressed Clay Mold, placed the mold in the freezer for a few minutes, popped the flowers out and let them dry completely (I let mine dry overnight).  Then I punched four branches from Lucky Limeade card stock, snipped the long ends off and adhered them to the tag with SNAIL.  I used Sticky Strip to adhere the flowers over the branches.  I initially tried to adhere the flowers with Glue Dots but the Glue Dots wouldn’t stick…so then I read the directions and used Sticky Strip, which is one of the recommended adhesives for the Simply Pressed Clay.  🙂

Beautiful Birthday 2

To finish the card, I adhered a strip of Pool Party DSP from the DSP Stacks to the inside of the card with SNAIL.

Stampin’ Up! products used to create this card:

Stamps:  Beautiful Birthday (125562 wood only); Distressed Dots (122815 wood only)

Punches & Embossing Folders:  Bird Builder Punch (117191); Lacy Brocade Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (127819)

Embellishments:  Simply Pressed Clay (available May 31 – 130685); Buttons & Blossoms Simply Pressed Clay Molds (available May 31 – 131272); Pool Party Stampin’ Emboss Powder (129398); Crumb Cake 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon (122332); Pool Party 3/8″ Ruffled Ribbon (122975); Pop-Up Posies Designer Kit (131395)

Ink:  VersaMark Pad (102283); Crumb Cake Classic Stampin’ Pad (126975); Pool Party Classic Stampin’ Ink Refill (122933)

Tools:  Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439); Heat Tool (129053)

Card Stock  & Cuts:  Crumb Cake (120953) – card base cut to 5″ x 10″ and scored 5″, 4-3/4″ x 4-3/4″ Square; Lucky Limeade (122926) – 4 Bird Builder Punches; Pool Party Core’dinations Card Stock (129321) – 2″ x 4-1/4″ strip; 2011-13 Designer Series Paper Stacks (122384) – two 2″ x 4-1/4″ strips

Adhesive:  SNAIL Adhesive (104332); Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430); Sticky Strip (104294)


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4 thoughts on “Goodbye to Beautiful Birthday and Distressed Dots…Hello Simply Pressed Clay!

  1. Lol..I only recently got this wonderful background stamp and live it….your card is a real WOW……love, love the color combo a d all of your layers and embossing! I just got my packet of clay and the molds..have to remember to put them in the freezer to get them out easier. Thank you for this wonderful inspiration!

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