Although I've used this tulips stamp several times before, it needed some love again today. I paired it with Cosmo Cricket's Little Girls Biography 101 paper--another favorite! A couple of you had e-mailed me asking how the Spellbinders Pierceabilities work, so I thought I'd try to address that in this post as well.
First, I stamped my tulip image (Lockhart) in black Memento ink on Neenah Solar White cardstock and colored it with the Copic markers shown on the left. I then trimmed the image closely so that I could pop it off of the background layer and bend some of the tulip leaves forward a bit.
To mount the tulips on, I used my Spellbinders Labels 1 die (available some time this month) to cut and emboss a layer from Neenah Natural White cardstock. (I could get by with using the solar white for maximum brightness to color on, pairing it with an off-white to go better with my patterned paper, because I cut the image out--sneaky, huh? ;-) I added a shadow (W1) on the bracket shape to ground the tulip pot; we don't need any levitating tulips, do we?
Now for the pierced background: I started with a piece of the Little Girls Biography Collection paper and placed the Pierceability die on the paper, blade side down.
After running it through the Wizard twice--once to cut and once to emboss--the paper looked like the picture on the left. The Pierceabilities do not punch holes for you; Ellen designed them this way because you may not always want holes with your decorative edge, or you may want just part of the holes pierced. This way you have the flexibility to use holes or no holes. I didn't take a picture of it, but I use a dense foam mat to pierce on. Mine is actually an extra one from an Inque Boutique stamp set, but if you have SU's piercing pad, that would work the same way.
Notice that I am using a special, extra small ornare piercing tool here. My regular-sized ones were a very tight fit in these holes, but the smaller one works beautifully. In this step, you see that I have pierced all of the holes.
Other pieces used on this card include a different pattern from the Cosmo Cricket Little Girls Biography kit, a Foof-a-La button, some Prism Blush Red Light cardstock, Antique Linen Distress Ink, adhesive pearls, Sweet Blush grosgrain (PTI), and ivory silk ribbon (May Arts). I hope that this helps answer a few questions about the Pierceabilities.