Before I start talking about today’s card, I want to tell you about two promotions coming on 1st. July, 2019. Stampin’ Up! announced that they are running a special promotion during July and August for new recruits. It’s being called Extra, Extra, with very good reason. The first extra is that new recruits can choose an extra €32.00/£25.00 worth of free products for their Starter Kit. The joining fee remains the same at €129.00/£99.00, but during July and August new recruits can choose €207.00/£155.00 worth of free products! If that isn’t enough for a great offer, there’s more! During the first week in the month after new recruits joined they will receive a €12.00/£8.00 coupon to be put towards their first order. This is the first time I have known this to be offered.
Bonus Days are also coming back next week, and that means it’s almost time to start earning coupon codes to redeem in August! If you need a refresher on this promotion, here’s how it works: For every €60.00/£45.00 you spend between 1st–31st July (before the delivery charge), you will earn a €6.00/£4.50 coupon that can be redeemed between 1st–31st August. During July there’s a promotion to suit everyone! Please let me know if you have any questions about either of these promotions!
Now, I’d like to tell you about my card today! I’ve been itching to stamp and colour this heart wreath since the first time I set eyes on it. It wasn’t as easy as I expected it to be, but it was relaxing! I used Light and Dark Old Olive Stampin’ Blends for the leaves and Light and Dark Rococo Rose for the flowers. When I had finished the painting I embossed the layer using the Subtle Dynamic Embossing Fold. I wondered what it would be like if I’d stamped the sentiments before I had done the embossing. Without trying it, I decided it was best not to because the only dimension to the card would have, would be the dove, and I didn’t consider that to be enough!
I tried painting the bird several times but without success. The brushes on the Stampin’ Write Markers and the Stampin’ Blends were both a bit too wide for me to do the longest two tail feathers without going over the edges big time! My patience started to run out and I decided the bird was a dove and should be white! I painted it with my Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Pen, and I knew that if I went over the edges, it would be hardly noticeable when I fussy cut the dove.
After I stamped the two sentiments I decided what ever dies or punches I used to cut them out, they’d be too big for the space I had available at top and bottom. I decided the best option would be to cut around the edges, making sure all the cuts were soft curves. There was a small amount of dimension on the front of the card created by the dove. To create more I adhered the two sentiments with Dimensionals.
I looked in my box of Miscellaneos Gems Box to see what I could use to finish decorating the front of my card. There weren’t any suitable flowers, but I found some Epoxy Hearts which I considered went very well with the sentiment. Now I was happy with the outside of my card, and turned my attention to the inside! I started by adding a layer of Rococo Rose Cardstock, and then a layer of Whisper White Cardstock.
Before I adhered the layers down, I stamped the bird in the bottom right-hand corner. Unfotunately the bird looked as if it was floating in mid-air, so I needed to ground it. I decided to stamp a part of the wreat so it looked like the bird was sitting on it! First of all I made a mask of the bird on a PostIt Note, making sure it was over the sticky part. I placed it over the dove and stamped a corner of the wreath. I painted them both the same as I did the images on the front of the card………………….or at least, I thought I did!! Unfortunately, I picked up Granny Apple Green instead of Old Olive Stampin’ Blends! Grrr!
The difference was very obvious, so I went over the leaves with Old Olive. It has toned the brightness down to an extent, but they are clearly different colours. Is it sufficient that the recipient will notice? I don’t know, but I think if the recipient does notice the difference, I like to think they will assume it’s meant to be like that! What do you think?That’s it from me today. I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday, and I look forward to be back with you tomorrow. In the meantime happy crafting.
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