We can always count on Stampin’ Up! to give us great Easter stamp sets every year, and this year they are exceptionally good! I love crocuses, especially purple ones! After stamping the image in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on Whisper White Cardstock (CS), I used my Light and Dark Highland Heather and Dark Call Me Clover and Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends to colour the image.
The image is larger than I would normally die-cut into a circle but there’s a sample in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue where this has been done and it looked lovely. I combined my image with the die – which I call lacey – from the Jubilee Beauty Dies. There are two lacy dies in the set and I decided I wanted the top and bottom to match each other. Next decision: did I want the bridge and have a circle in the centre which wouldn’t be seen, or did I want the straight one?
The only reason I went with the straight dies is that I had to go with one and this was just as good as the bridge which I’m sure would look equally as nice! It isn’t often I make a card without using Whisper White CS, but yesterday I decided to stick with light and dark purple as in Purple Posy and Gorgeous Grape. I decided I didn’t need Whisper White CS for any of the layers because Purple Posy CS is a very pale colour and therefore, it’s easy to write a greeting on it!
I decided to use Purple Posy CS to die-cut the lacey dies, and then to adhere them to a layer of Gorgeous Grape CS. My next decision was should I have the scalloped edge towards the centre or facing outwards. I chose the former because I like the straight edges on the outside. When I placed the two lacey die-cuts on the Gorgeous Grape layer, I could see the image needed a layer. I cut a scalloped circle in Gorgeous Grape CS and tested that with the image on the lacey die-cuts!
That option didn’t do anything for the image so I tried again but this time with a Whisper White CS circle. The difference was amazing. The image really pops with this scalloped circle! Next, I needed a sentiment but the one in the Easter Promise Stamp Set was far too large, so I tried the HAPPY EASTER stamp from the Welcome Easter Stamp Set. I loved everything about this stamp, especially the font, but I thought it looked childish against the other elements of my card.
I chose EASTER BLESSINGS from the Itty Bitty Greetings Stamp Set and stamped the sentiment on Whisper White CS using Memento black ink. After I had punched the sentiment out using the Classic Label Punch, it needed to be shortened. Normally I do this by putting the die-cut back into the punch from the inside so I keep the same shape. Yesterday, I put the sentiment back in the punch but from the outside which fish-tailed the ends!
To finish the front of my card I adhered a bow I’d made using some retired Whisper White ribbon and I adhered it across the stems of the crocuses. Did you know that as well as crocuses the plural for crocus is also croci? I found out because I googled the word for plural crocus because I don’t think crocuses sounds right but having found it’s also croci, I’ll stick with crocuses! LOL!
My final touch for the front of my card was to add three Gorgeous Grape Rhinestones from the Noble Peacock Rhinestones. I took a layer of Purple Posy CS and stamped the cross and the verse from the Easter Promise Stamp Set using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. To finish it off I used my Dark Highland Heather Stampin’ Blend and coloured in the four leaves. Although the lacey die-cuts are quite elaborate I think they go really well with the simple image.
Before I go I have one quick update for customers and demonstrators in Europe! You can now order the ink refills for Seaside Spray, Rococo Rose, Pretty Peacock, and Terracotta Tile. As you probably know, Purple Posy was withdrawn because there was an issue with the performance of the ink. Also, the German Authorities have approved the new labelling for the rest of the ink refills and these are now being reprinted. This will take time as there are forty-eight different coloured labels to be reprinted, but the light is definitely shining bright at the end of the tunnel.
I would like to say a special thank you to all my customers who have been waiting patiently for these products to get passed by the German Authorities. As always, I will keep you updated about the other products we are still waiting for. Stampin’ Up! are working as hard as they can to get the other outstanding products compliant and are keeping demonstrators updated every week.
That’s about it from me today. I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday and I look forward to being back with you tomorrow. In the meantime, happy crafting.
Cardstock Layer Sizes: Europe & South Pacific (A4) Card base 8¼” x 5¾” scored and folded at 4 1/8” First layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5½” Top layer: 2 pieces 3¾” x 5 3/8”
Cardstock Layer Sizes: North America (Letter-size) Card base 8½” x 5½” scored and folded at 4¼” First layer: 2 pieces 4” x 5¼” Top layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”
Products used for this project: please click on any of the links to be taken to my 24/7 online Stampin’ Up! shop. The Hostess Code for January 2020 is NCFPAHXQ. Thank you. xx