Yesterday, I used three of my unused stamp sets although only one of them contributed to today’s card, i.e. Country Home. I also used the Handwritten Background Stamp and the result was lovely! I have kept the sample I made and will try to use it in a future project. The third stamp set I used was Bokeh Dots, and although I played with both stamps for a little while, like the Handwritten, they weren’t suitable for today’s card.
The Country Home Stamp Set is largely designed for harvest time, which for the northern hemisphere is long gone – or still to come! – but for the southern hemisphere, I believe harvest time is approaching – is this correct? Not that it matters for my card as I have used it as an inspirational card, or congrats card. There are two floral stamps in this set and I chose the one with the cotton balls.
I decided to stamp my images and the sentiment using Basic Grey Ink to give my card a soft look. After stamping the first image, I decided to stamp another one, beneath the first but upside down and I purposely left a gap between the two for a sentiment. Although I had stamped the two images on a regular-sized top layer, they weren’t centred! Using my ruler, I worked out where I need to trim the layer to remedy this.
It resulted in the Granny Apple Green Cardstock CS layer having a much wider gap than usual. I decided to use the small tile-like stamp to stamp all around the edge. Although I didn’t manage to get it to match up perfectly I am pleased with the result! The images have been coloured with Stampin’ Blends in Granny Apply Green for the leaves, Soft Suede for the two woody dried pieces in the floral arrangement and Calypso Coral for the berries and single flower.Next, I started to put my card together. I took a Whisper White CS card base, a layer of Granny Apple Green CS and a top layer of Whisper White CS. When I laid the top layer on the green layer I wasn’t happy with the small amount of green that could be seen. I used die no. 6 from the regular rectangles in the Stitched Rectangle Dies and laid it over the stamped image as a guide to size. It would have cut the tops off the cotton balls, so I used die no. 7 which worked perfectly.I adhered the two layers to the front of the card base using Tombow. Using Basic Grey Ink. I stamped the CELEBRATE EVERY MOMENT stamp which is from the Honey Bee Stamp Set on a small piece of Whisper White CS. I adhered it onto a piece of Granny Apple Green CS. I took about five inches of a retired Calypso Coral Ribbon and adhered it between the two images using some SNAIL.
After trimming the ends of the ribbon, I adhered the sentiment in the centre using Dimensionals – ever so slightly crooked! To finish the front of the card I painted over all the image using my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen. Next, I added one tiny pearl in the centre of each flower and then two – one above the other – in the bottom left-hand and top right hand of the sentiment.
Inside the card, I added a layer of Granny Apple Green CS and then a Whisper White CS layer. When I had first started making this card, I’d stamped, coloured and fussy cut one of the floral images but didn’t use it. Unfortunately, I’d coloured the berries and flower in Lovely Lipstick so I couldn’t adhere it inside my card. Instead, I cut off the flower, berries and cotton balls, and used the remainder. Can someone tell me what the brown woody-dried “flowers” are, please?
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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