Yesterday I was looking for a colour that I don’t use often but which has a matching Designer Series Paper (DSP) that’s light enough for me to stamp my image on. I had already decided to use the Timeless Tulips Stamp Set. My next decision was whether to pair it with Gorgeous Grape or Highland Heather. All three of these lilac/purple colours go together very well, and I chose the lightest and darkest – Purple Posy and Gorgeous Grape.
The only DSP I had in Purple Posy was the 6″ x 6″ DSP Pack, and I chose my favourite design – the script! I stamped the images at the bottom of the sheet to start off with to decide if I should use Highland Heather or Gorgeous Grape for the tulips. Although this meant I was wasting a small amount of DSP, I could have wasted a lot more if I had chosen one colour and I wasn’t happy with it. As it happens, I’ve kept my two test tulips, so you may see them pop up in another project!
From this point on, I didn’t know what direction my design was going in! I started by stamping the two tulips on the DSP and realised my positioning was such that I needed to make a mask to use on the right-hand tulip for when I stamped the stem. Although I could have stamped so the stem went over my tulip, it wasn’t the look I wanted! The mask worked well and I’ll keep it in my stamp box for next time!
I used the same stem for both tulips by lifting the top part of the stamp and positioning it where I wanted it to go! Next, I used the two slimmer leaves and used one of them “upside-down” as well as the right way up so it looks as if the three leaves are all different. I was pleased with how the tulips, stems and leaves looked by the time I had stamped all the elements!
I knew my image was going to be quite big, but it would still leave quite a lot of white space exposed. We have a great selection of embossing folders (EF) and I couldn’t decide which one to use. I found two Whisper White Cardstock (CS) top layers in my box already embossed; one the Hammered Metal EF and the other with the Subtle 3D EF. Being a bit indecisive, I embossed two more layers, one in Stone and the other in Coastal Weave!
I thought at least I’d be able to see what each of them look like, and I’d also finish with three Whisper White CS layers ready-embossed for future projects! My choice was the Subtles embossed top layer, which I had rejected when I’d made it for a Christmas card! I can’t remember which card I went on to make, but this embossed layer has pale blue snowflakes stamped on the reverse side!
I added a layer of Purple Posy CS on the card front and then the Subtle embossed layer on top. The image was die-cut using the largest oblong die in the Stitched So Sweetly Dies. I’m not happy popping such a large image up on Dimensionals so I took some Thick Whisper White CS and die-cut four more oblongs. I adhered them all together and added the image. This will prevent any damage to the top layer, especially if it’s being sent through the post!
As there is a white script on the DSP, I decided to heat emboss the sentiment using Whisper White Embossing Powder on Purple Posy CS. After I had punched it out using the Classic Label Punch, I punched four more out in Thick Whisper White CS and adhered them all together as before! It was a toss-up with putting the sentiment under the image, or across the image. With it across the image, it keeps the card looking uncluttered!
Before I added a layer of Purple Posy CS and a Whisper White CS inside the card, I stamped two tulips at the bottom of the Whisper White layer. To finish off my card I added three Gorgeous Grape Rhinestones – from the Noble Peacock Rhinestones – in the top right-hand corner of the image, and one at each end of the sentiment. In the photographs, I think they look blue! That’s it from me today. I look forward to being back with you tomorrow and in the meantime, happy crafting.
Cardstock Layer Sizes: 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”
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