I know my card doesn’t actually say congratulations, but to me CELEBRATING YOU IS THE BEST is the same thing! Yesterday was my first play with the Birthday Jubilee Stamp Set with the matching Jubilee Beauty Dies! On 29th January I shared an Easter card I’d made using the other lacy die in the set. Click on the blog title – Easter Wishes Easter Card – if you’d like to check that card out.
I also believe this is the first time I have used a Pineapple Punch Cardstock (CS). It is such a vivid, spring colour, it shouts that spring is just around the corner! I started with a Whisper White CS card base, with a layer of Pineapple Punch CS and a top layer of Whisper White CS, both inside and outside of the card. I adhered the two layers inside the card, but for the outside, I only adhered the two layers together, just in case I wanted to tie some ribbon around it.
After I had die-cut two pieces of Pineapple Punch CS using the lacy die – the one that looks like a bridge with an archway – I laid them on the two layers. It was obvious that the two pieces would have to be adhered one at the top and one at the bottom to make the design look balanced. Next I decided to stamp, colour and die-cut two of the main flowery image in the stamp set.
I took some pieces of Whisper White CS and stamped two of the large flowery images, and I also stamped two of the single flower. To colour the flowers I used the Light and Dark Pineapple Punch and Call Me Clover Stampin’ Blends. For the flowers, I coloured all the main petals using the Light Pineapple Punch and the centre circles and the “inner” petals, with the Dark Pineapple Punch; I also used it for the three small flowers at each end made up of four circles each.
I tried using Light and Dark Call Me Clover for the leaves but I found the leaves too small for this technique and gave up. The two individual small flowers were also coloured by this principle! I also went back and stamped a third small flower and coloured it the same so I could use it to decorate the inside of my card. This time I decided to use just the Dark Call Me Clover and I wished I’d used the same for all the other leaves, too! Grrr!
I didn’t want to stamp the sentiment using only Basic Black because the three centre letters YOU are large and solid, and I was pleased with how vivid my card was looking. One of the techniques I’ve always enjoyed doing is painting directly onto my sentiment stamps using our Stampin’ Write Marker Pens. I used Basic Black for the sentiment top and bottom and then I used the Call Me Glover Marker for the YOU!I huffed on the stamp and stamped onto a piece of Whisper White CS – the result was brilliant! Because I needed this sentiment to cover as much of the gap between the two lacy die-cuts as possible, I decided to go through my dies to see what would fit best. One set of dies that is fast becoming one of my favourites is the Stitched So Sweetly Dies.
It was love at first sight with the scalloped, stitched oblong dies, but the more I use the four fancy dies in this set, the more I’m loving them, too! The number three fancy die has a beautiful shape and the size is spot on! I adhered the two flowery images, one on each lacy layer at the innermost edge, so they stayed on the lacy die-cut.
Using Dimensionals I adhered the sentiment in the middle and was super pleased how it fitted in. I wasn’t sure whether to add the two small flowers onto the sentiment, or on the blank space on either side or not to use them at all. I have included a photograph with two small flowers on the sentiment and without the two flowers. What do you think?
Although this is quite a busy card, I’m really pleased with how it turned out! 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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