Today I have two cards to share that both use the stamp set Circle Circus. Not only is this a set I love, it is also a set that happens to be a part of the May Stampin' Up promotion! When you purchase this set during May, you can choose a package of Designer Brads for FREE! See the flyer with all of the details HERE.
I found the inspiration for this card HERE. I loved Ruth's card, and so I didn't make too many changes. I like the way that the front layer of the card is shorter than the back, so that the circles hang off the edge. I used the colors Mellow Moss, Really Rust (both retiring) and Chocolate Chip.
One detail that I added was the Circle Designer Brad to the center of one of the circles. I carefully dipped the brad in my Chocolate Chip Craft pad, then dipped it in Clear Embossing Powder, and then embossed. Hint: The brad gets VERY hot while embossing. I used tweezers to hold the brad so that I didn't burn myself.
To see a slightly different version of how to color your Designer Brads, see THIS tutorial (scroll to the bottom). You'll learn how to get the color into only the depressed part of the brad.
The second card I have to share was inspired by Lauri's card that you can see HERE. My version is a 3x3 card. I used Crystal Effects in the center of the stamped image to add a little dimension and shine. The Kraft layer (square) is up on dimensionals.
Stamps: Circle Circus, Thank You Kindly, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Mellow Moss, Really Rust, Chocolate Chip
Paper: Mellow Moss, Chocolate Chip, Kraft (Crumb Cake), Whisper White
Accessories: Circle Designer Brad, various circle punches, Scallop Circle Punch, Chocolate Chip taffeta ribbon, Cutter Kit, dimensionals