I hope you’ve enjoyed a great weekend. If you’re in the UK I pray you haven’t been adversely affected by the might of Storm Dennis. Although it’s been very windy and with very heavy rain where we are we haven’t experienced any serious problems. Our worst is a leak in our conservatory roof so we are counting our blessings.
Yesterday, when I started planning today’s card, I decided to make a card using some of the images I’d painted and/or die-cut for previous projects but didn’t use! This is the first time I have done this exercise for quite some time and my collection of unused images has somewhat grown at an alarming rate! I picked out a die-cut Whisper White Cardstock (CS) gateway and arch, several clumps of flowers, a cat and a bird from Grace’s Garden and the matching dies called Garden Gateway.
To ring the changes I added two more stamp sets, which are Beautiful You and Rooted in Nature. After a few false starts, I finally knew what I wanted to do and I was off! I die-cut the solid arch in Whisper White CS and using Memento Ink, I stamped the classy-looking lady from the Beautiful You Stamp Set, placing her in the centre of the arch. I coloured her using my light and dark Lovely Lipstick Stampin’ Blends as well as the Ivory skin tone Blend.
The lady needed a background so I made a mask for her using a Post It Note. Once I had covered her I took the double tree stamp from the Rooted In Nature Stamp Set. I inked it in Pear Pizzazz and stamped over her once, and then I moved the stamp a bit higher and stamped again. I did this twice more in different positions and the forest looked good. I sponged the sky using a Sponge Dauber with Pool Party Ink, and then a Dauber in Pear Pizzazz Ink to do the grass.
After I had embossed the top Whisper White CS layer using the Subtles 3D Embossing Folder, I decided I didn’t like the plain white gate and arch. The easy option would have been to die-cut a new one using Smokey Slate CS but that would have defeated the object of the exercise. I decided to colour it using my Light Smokey Slate Stampin’ Blend to colour over the gate. Now I could see everything coming together!
I cut thin strips of Dimensionals off the edges of a sheet, removed both coverings and adhered around the edges of the gate and arch – although sticky they are very malleable when the covers are removed. Then I adhered the solid arch onto the Dimensionals and adhered the whole image slightly off-centre on the Whisper White CS dry-embossed layer. I adhered this to a layer of Smokey Slate CS and then onto a Whisper White CS card base.
I chose two flower die-cuts, a cat and a bird and adhered them all in place partly with Dimensionals and partly with Tombow. The sentiment is from the Varied Vases Stamp Set and I stamped it using Memento Ink. After I punched it out with the Classic Label Punch, I punched out a label in Smokey Slate CS, which I cut in half and adhered behind the sentiment. I used Dimensionals to adhere it at the top of the front page.
Inside the card, I adhered a layer of Smokey Slate CS and then a top layer of Whisper White CS. Using Memento Ink I stamped the top half of the lady in the bottom right-hand corner and coloured her in the same way I did on the front of the card. I had added some tiny pearls on her hat and neckline on the front of the card and decided to use my white gel pen to paint them on the inside of the card!
That’s made a start on my unused die-cuts, images, etc. Let’s see If I can do this again for tomorrow’s card. That’s about it from me today. I look forward to being back with you tomorrow, and in the meantime, happy crafting.
Cardstock Layer Sizes: (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: (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”
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