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Today I'm participating in one of Papertrey Ink's newest features called Simple to Spectacular.  Once a month a few of the DT members pull out an older set and bring you some inspiration for creating cards at three different levels...Simple to Spectacular!  It's fun to start with a single design, then step it up or down to add techniques or simplify it.  No matter what your crafting level or style, there's something for you in the Simple to Spectacular feature!

This month's featured set is Uncorked - a fun wine-themed set.  I always think sets that feature anything made of glass opens up the potential for some fun techniques.  

So let's start off with the Simple card.  This is just a single layer card that you could literally put together as you're walking out the door (although I would neeeever do that...ha!)  The large wine bottle is split into two parts, so you can put a sentiment (or something else).  I stamped the "cheers" sentiment from the set.

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I used one of the smaller fireworks from the Kaboom! set to create the burst at the top of the bottle.  I stamped it, along with some smaller sparkle clusters with a glue pad, then coated them with some gold mica powder.

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Next up is my intermediate card.  I used the same concept as the first card, but this time I incorporated some masking so that I could stamp a cluster of different colored bottles.  I used the matching Uncorked dies to cut some sticky notes to use as masks.

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I used the same fireworks burst and stamped it at the top of each bottle, and again brushed gold mica powder over the images.  

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My "spectacular" card is stepped up quite a bit and incorporates several techniques.  I diecut the bottles from vellum and stamped them with colored ink, then stamped again with versamark and heat embossed with clear powder to create a frosted glass effect.  The fireworks were also cut from vellum, and heat embossed with gold powder to top off each bottle.

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The background is a Noted: Simply Stitched rectangle, which was sponged with Aqua Mist and Tropical Teal inks, then stamped with the BB: Celestial Sky stamp set and covered with gold mica powder.  The "cheers" sentiment was cut from Luxe Gold cardstock.  A small banner stamped with the remainder of the sentiment, was cut by hand, and tucked in the "c" of the diecut word.    

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I had so much fun with this trio of cards!  Which one is your favorite, and does that fit your usual style?  

Thanks so much for stopping by - I'll be back tomorrow with a Throwback Thursday post!

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