Two-step stamping simply refers to a stamp set where there is usually a background image, then you stamp over it with a secondary image. The set Awash with Flowers (W117062)(C120549) fits this category. However, in this card, two-step stamping refers to stamping the flowers and then the stems for 2 steps!
To make the Old Olive square behind my stamped piece look like suede, I took a piece of card stock and crumpled it up, over and over, until it became very soft. Then I carefully pulled the card stock apart until I had two pieces. The inside looks a bit like suede when you do this. It's a nice and simple technique!
Finally, I know it's unusual to write your sentiment on your card, but why? It's great if you don't have quite the right sentiment or if you simply want a more personalized card. Afterall, if we aren't afraid to journal in our scrapbooks, we should be just fine writing on our cards!
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