Yesterday I made my thank you cards for my February online customers and used the two-step Inspiring Iris Stamp Set. Before I started I had a little practice at lining up the infill stamp with the stamped image outline. It didn’t take many practices because it’s a large image and several areas to choose from to line up. It would have been easier if I’d used my Stamparatus but I get a lot of satisfaction from two-step stamping!
I chose to use Lovely Lipstick and Call Me Clover for my colour scheme. The only Designer Series Paper (DSP) I have that was suitable is the 2018 – 2020 In-Colour DSP Pack. Initially, I was going to use one half of DSP – the spotty design – and one half of a Whisper White Cardstock (CS) layer which had been embossed with the Hammered Metal Embossing Folder. As I was cutting the DSP spotty side, I noticed the stripe design on the reverse side and decided to use both designs!
I stamped the iris image onto a piece of Whisper White CS using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. Next, I did the two-step stamping with the Lovely Lipstick and then the leaves with Call Me Clover. I adhered the two pieces of DSP onto a piece of Whisper White CS and left an even gap exposed all the way around. The colours I’ve chosen to use are two of five colours that will be retiring on 2nd June – the other three colours are Grapefruit Grove, Blueberry Bushell and Pineapple Punch.I’m reasonably happy using retired ribbon on my projects as long as the colour is current. The ribbon I’ve used on today’s card is a beautiful Lovely Lipstick ribbon. It would be lovely if I could use it all before it retires! I decided to go over where the two DSP’s join line with this ribbon. Goodness knows how many cards I’ll have to make like this to use all of it up! Stampin’ Up! are very generous with the amount of ribbon they put on their rolls. I can never use a whole roll before it retires!
My original plan was to make a vertical card but when I started arranging the image I was also trying to plan where I could have a sentiment. If I kept my card vertical I felt the only place to put my sentiment – because the image is quite big – was under the image. That idea didn’t appeal to me because it would look more regimental than relaxed! Once I turned my card horizontal, I had options!
I could use the top or the bottom sections and I could put the sentiment in the middle of the section or line it up with the base of the image. There wasn’t any particular reason where I chose the middle of the lower section other than I had to decide one way or another. Whatever decision I’d made would have looked good. Not lining the sentiment with the base of the image is the more relaxed place for it to be!
I knew I wanted to use the no 1 die from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies because it’s from the same set the image was die-cut with, die no. 4. Again, because the image is quite large I needed to keep the sentiment small. I chose to use THANKS from the Sailing Home Stamp Set and I stamped the sentiment on a scrap of Whisper White CS using Call Me Clover Ink.
Now I had everything ready, I started putting my card together, starting with a Lovely Lipstick CS card base, I adhered my top layer in place using Tombow. Using Dimensionals I adhered both the image and the sentiment on to the card front. I was very pleased with how my card was looking but it needed some bling! As usual, I went through both gems’ boxes checking out what I thought would be suitable.
After much umming and ahhing, I chose some Melon Mambo Glitter Enamels Dots that are available in the current catalogue on page 178 (146934). There are four colours in the packet and they are Coastal Cabana, Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green and Melon Mambo. I like to ring the changes where I add gems and one of my favourite places is on ribbons! I also added one on each Iris. I resisted putting any on the sentiment – and I think that was a good decision! LOL!
I stamped the iris image in the horizontal bottom right-hand corner and coloured it with the same two-step stamping I’d done on the front of my card. This has taken up quite a lot of the writing space, but it’s a great thank you! That’s about it from me today. I look forward to being back with you tomorrow, and as always, happy crafting.
PS I’m sorry but I forgot to photograph the inside of today’s card! Grrr! xx
PPS I have last year’s 2018 – 2020 In-Colour DSP Pack. The patterns were changed for the current annual catalogue. In my opinion, the newer designs are much better! xx
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”
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 February 2020 is TWEMK47B. Thank you. xx