We have just enjoyed a super, long weekend with glorious weather, and Hubby only working one day out of the three!
One of the products I bought when the new Annual Catalogue was launched back in June was the Bird Ballad Tin of Laser-Cut Cards. Inside the tin are twelve laser-cut cards and matching envelopes. Although the name indicates one of the suites, I’m going to vary my cards with different products in the catalogue. Once the cards are made, I’m going to decorate the tin, and give it to someone as a gift.
The stamp set I chose to use for card number one is Bloom & Grow. I’m planning on keeping the greetings on all twelve card as generic sentiments so the recipient stands a good chance of being able to use all of them. The sentiment on today’s card is from the Botanical Bliss Stamp Set, and has been die-cut with a die in the Perfect Parcels Die Set.My biggest problem was deciding what to do about the layer inside the card. The only completed card I’ve seen, recommends adhering the cardstock or Designer Series Paper inside the card at the back. I decided for my first card, I adhere my cardstock on the back of the laser-cut design. My reason was to allow the sender to write a greeting inside the card that wouldn’t be visible until the card was opened.
I cut a piece of Sahara Sand Cardstock (CS) which measured slightly over 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″, and then I very carefully applied some Tombow on the inside edge around the laser-cut design. I knew there would be a small exposed border of the Very Vanilla card base around the outside edge of the Sahara Sand CS. I couldn’t afford to let any Tombow on this area otherwise it would have glued my card close permanently!
I stamped the image of the poppies using Black Memento Ink on a piece of Very Vanilla CS, and then the sentiment onto a piece of Sahara Sand CS. To colour the image I used the following Stampin’ Blends; Light and Dark Poppy Parade; Light and Dark Call Me Clover; Dark Night of Navy. I also used my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen to colour the berries, as well as the centres of the poppies.
I die cut the poppies with the correct die from the Budding Blooms Die Set, and the sentment with a die from the Perfect Parcels Die Set. For the centre band I took a strip of Sahara Sand CS and embossed it with my Dynamic Subtles Embossing Folder. (This product is now know as the 3D Embossing Folder). I put Tombow across the back of this embosed strip of CS, and adhered it into position across the front of the card. This gave the laser-cut design layer some extra security.
I adhered the poppies to the strip using Dimensionals, and then the sentiment onto the laser-cut sheet using Dimensionals. To decorate the inside of the card I added another piece of Sahara Sand CS on the opposite side to the first piece. I had stamped, coloured and die-cut half the poppies image and adhered it in the bottom right-hand corner. My final touch was to add some Pearls to the sentiment! I happy with how this card has turned out, and I like having the CS immediately behind the laser-cut design.
That’s it from me today. Unfortunately, I have to phone my dentist today because my tooth has flared up again! Grrr!! I count my blessings that I have my craft room which acts as a great distraction from unpleasant things that occasional pop up! I look forward to being back with you tomorrow, and in the meantime, happy crafting!
Products used for this project: please note that the Bird Ballad Laser-cut Cards & Tin isn’t available until 4th September when the Christmas (Autumn/Winter) Catalogue goes live. Thank you. xx