Stairway.... or highway?

Hello crafty friends,

Hope you are having a great week!  Sometimes a sentiment brings certain images to mind and this is one of those.  If you know American rock songs from the 70's, you will immediately recognize that this is a play on two different songs.  If not, you may be too young to know them or just don't listen to rock.  I kept thinking about "how" could I do something other than an "ordinary" background since I didn't have another image stamp that I wanted to pair with this.  Then, I had an "aha" moment.

I remembered a Darice embossing folder I had in my stash with the flames on it.  I used 3 Distress Oxide colors to create a blended background onto white cardstock cut to 4" x 5.25", slightly smaller than a standard A2 size card so I would have a frame around it after gluing to the card base.  

After coloring the background I ran it through with the embossing folder and then cut the panel diagonally corner to corner.  For the cloud panel, I cut a 4" x 5.25" piece of white cardstock in a diagonal and used a cloud stencil and Distress oxide ink to add the cloud effect.  Instead of a standard blending tool I used one the mini blending tools, which worked pretty well.  As I moved the stencil down the cardstock I had to make sure to press the stencil down by hand to make sure it stayed in place - other than that it was very easy.

I "could" have just cut one white cardstock panel into two pieces and colored them separately, but earlier in the process I didn't know what I was going to do until after I had already colored and embossed the yellow/orange panel.  that was when I had the "aha" moment.  So if you decide to use a split panel card like this you know that it will save paper and ink to just cut one panel.

Here's a close up shot so you can see the embossing better:

I think it would have been better to use the side where the yellow ended up at the top, but oh well!  the card was done and I didn't want to make it again. 

I stamped the image onto 30# clear vellum using Versafine black onyx ink, then added clear embossing powder on top and heat set with a heat tool.  I then die cut the vellum square using a My Favorite Things Die-namics stitched square die large enough to fit the sentiment on.  Since most adhesive is visible through vellum and I wanted the entire piece to be glued down I ran it through my sticker machine.   I could have also used spray adhesive, which is something I do use quite often for the same purpose.  I used vellum instead of stamping directly because of the embossed panel.  I like this particular vellum SOOO much that I bought a 50 sheet pkg from Marco's Paper.  It's such a versatile weight and it's just "clear" enough that it is a staple in my craft room.

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