Yesterday I was playing with the Toile Tidings Designer Series Paper (DSP) again and made a video of the card I’d made on Wednesday. I don’t want to spoil the surprise for Sunday but while I was playing I did the same design card but using a different DSP. Although I’m not totally enamoured by the finished design the technique worked brilliantly and show it at the end of the video. I’ve made a total of four cards using my variation on a theme, and it’s so quick and easy!
Today’s card includes another design from the Toile Tidings DSP but a generic design. I did try using the design that is lots of different leaves but thought it was too busy with my image which is pretty busy on its own! This isn’t something I’ve thought about previously but I think strips going sideways pack more punch than stripes going vertically. I was going to do my stripes going down to be different from the Scripty Embossing Folder but it didn’t look as good as vertical stripes!
I’ve never painted a red cardinal before because it’s not a bird we have here in the UK. It’s certainly a very striking-looking bird and must be a wonderful sight to see in flight! I stamped the image using Memento Ink because I wanted to colour it using our Stampin’ Blends. The colours I chose were for the bird and the branch are Light and Dark Real Red, Dark Daffodil Delight, Light and Dark Shaded Spruce, and Light Soft Suede. Do you know what plant the branch is part of?
After I had coloured the cardinal, I used the die from the Christmas Cardinal Dies to cut it out. I’d gone over the edge in a few places, so I fussy cut the die-cut. When I’m in a situation like this, I don’t try to cut away all the excess from the bird’s feet. I trim away as much as I can, then I use my Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker to colour over the remaining white card that’s visible. This worked well except the black looked far too black compared to the black of the bird’s face!
I remedied this by using my Whisper White Dauber and went over the bird’s feet to soften the black and make them look more like grey! The sentiment is my most used sentiment so far this year and is from Itty Bitty Christmas Stamp Set. I punched it out using the Classic Label Punch! One of the reasons I really like this sentiment is that it doesn’t detract from the image on the card.
Do you use Whisper White cardstock when you’re using a DSP that has Very Vanilla in it instead of Whisper White? I do because I see Very Vanilla as another colour. I added a layer of Whisper White Cardstock inside my card and stamped the branch coming off the layer in the bottom right-hand corner. I would have been happier if I had stamped less of the image, but I’m fine with how it is!
We are fast approaching the end of the month, and there are two Stampin’ Up! promotions that start on 1st November. The first is that customers will be able to buy the new Trimmer! Ever since I received my trimmer I have been using it to cut all my cardstock and DSP. I wished I’d thought about keeping a list of how many sheets I had cut since I started! Oh, the benefit of hindsight!! Below are two photographs showing how superior the cutting and scoring blades are compared with the old trimmer. The photographs were shared on Facebook by Janet Wakeland, one of the top demonstrators in the US. Look at the different sizes of the blades and the scorers!
The second promotion that starts on 1st November is the Christmastime Is Here Suite. This is available while stocks last! I’m really pleased that you can choose which products you want to buy without having to buy ALL the items! As it happens, I chose to buy all the products except for the bracelet. It’s really pretty, but we were given a similar one when we were on this year’s Incentive Trip! Please check out the products on this Christmastime Is Here Flyer.
November promises to be a great month! That’s about it from me for today. I’m going to try and get another video made today, and if I can get two more made next week, I’ll be in a good position for a very busy month! I look forward to being back with you tomorrow, and in the meantime, happy crafting.
Products used for this project: please click on any link to be taken to my 24/7 online Stampin’ Up! shop. Thank you. xx