Yesterday afternoon it was confirmed that my delivery from Stampin’ Up – which includes my new trimmer and my Christmastime is Here pre-order – will arrive on Wednesday. When I made Sunday’s video I said they should arrive on Monday or Tuesday! A little bit over-optimistic me thinks! Oh well! I have a very busy day in front of me, so I probably wouldn’t have time to play with the trimmer, anyway! LOL!
Whenever I see tartan (plaid) Designer Series Paper (DSP) it doesn’t particularly whet my appetite. But whenever I use it, I always think it looks fabulous – just like today’s card. I don’t know if the tartan designs are real tartans, or designs created by our amazing design team. If you’re a Scot, maybe you know the answer to this question – I’d love to know.
My design for this card started out very straight-forward but kept changing as I went along. I had planned my sentiment to be on my die-cut horizontally, but when it came to it, I decided it looked so much better vertically! My plan was to die-cut the boughs in gold foil, but when I arranged them around the sentiment it looked like too much gold. I die-cut the same boughs again but in Shaded Spruce Cardstock (CS). Then I adhered them on the gold boughs but slightly offset!
Next I die-cut one each of the large and the small pine cone bases together with the fancy layer that goes on top of the solid pine cones. I wasn’t sure that the big one fitted in with my design, so I die-cut another three small pine cones plus layers. As I was assembling my card, I found the pine cones in the bottom left-hand corner had plenty of room to sit on top of the sentiment, but not so for the top two.
It was a challenge to adhere these top two pine cones because I’d already adhered the Dimensionals on the back of the sentiment! I struggled to remove a fair bit of the Dimensional, and eventually gave up! I might have another go later, but I’m very aware it’ll be easy to damage the image, and is probably best left alone! The sentiment is from the Peaceful Boughs Stamp Set and has been stamped on Whisper White CS, using the Gold Delicata Metallic Ink.
I put the sentiment to one side for a while to allow the gold ink to dry while I started to assemble my card. I used a Whisper White cardbase, a layer of Gold Foil, with a top layer of Whisper White CS which I had embossed using the Subtles Dynamic Embossing Folder. Inside the card I added a layer of Gold Foil and a top layer of Whisper White CS. I also adhered two single boughs with one large pine cone!
Now back to the front of the card! I cut a piece of red tartan paper from the Wrapped in Plaid 6″ x 6″ Specialty DSP. Each sheet has gold foiling on one side, hence the word Specialty, and why I’ve used Goil Foil on today’s card! I’d describe today’s card as quite busy but clean cut. I can’t help feeling that there is something missing – maybe a bow – but whatever I added now, would make it necessary for me to change my “busy but clean-cut” description!
Nearly forgot about the sentiment! I used the same oblong die from the Frosted Frames Dies that I used for the penguin on yesterday’s card. That’s about it from me today! I hope you have a terrific Tuesday and I look forward to being back with you tomorrow. In the meantime, happy crafting!
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