When I was explaining yesterday’s card, I said there was a mistake I often made when decorating the inside layers! Most of my cards are portrait mode and I always start decorating the inside in portrait mode, too! Most times I catch myself before it’s too late but not yesterday and that was the second time in a week that I’ve made that mistake. The first card was Layered With Kindness which I shared on Monday and I’ve used the portrait layer in today’s card.
I had so many different ideas what I could do with the leaves and flowers in the Layered With Kindness Stamp Set that I used my recycle computer paper for testing them! By the time I’d finished, I’d worked my way through about four or five sheets. This is a very satisfying stamp set to use because the leaves and flowers look gorgeous when they’re stamped and dried.
Using the larger leaf stamp with Granny Apple Green Ink I started stamping from the top left-hand side of my Whisper White CS top layer. I tilted the stamp so most of the single stem was off the edge of the layer. Working my way down the side of my layer I stamped three more images. Next, I worked my way around the corner and across the front getting lower each time.
To add the small pink flowers I needed to mask off the leaves I’d stamped. I stamped an image on a Post It Note making sure I was stamping over the sticky part! I have to say this fussy cutting was very fiddly, but I felt it was worth the effort. If you don’t like fussy cutting, I suggest you stamp the leaves two or three times on scrap paper and practice lining up the flowers. Or you may like to use the small butterflies I’ve used on the sentiment – more about them in a minute!
Next, I used the HAPPY BIRTHDAY image and stamped it tone-on-tone, i.e. using Granny Apple Green Ink on Granny Apple CS. I cleaned the stamp and stamped the image again but this time I used Rococo Rose Ink on Whisper White CS. I used the Label Me Lovely Punch for the Granny Apple Green CS label and the Label Me Fancy Punch for the Whisper White CS label.
Before I adhered the two labels together, I stamped three butterfly images using the two butterfly stamps from the Special Someone Stamp Set on the Whisper White CS label. Next, I adhered the two labels together and adhered them to the card front using Dimensionals. At this stage, I started thinking there was too much white space!
I took a Whisper White CS card base and adhered a layer of Granny Apple Green CS and then my image layer on top. I added very small Basic Pearls to the base of each flower, on the scrolls on the Granny Apple Green label and two on the Rococo Rose Label. I’m really pleased with how my card came together but it’s definitely lacking something.
I experimented with ribbons and bows, and I contemplated stamping some of the little butterflies in the white space. There wasn’t anything I could think of that really rocked my boat. I decided to leave it and ask you what you think! Would you leave it as it is; or would you stamp a few of the small butterflies; or do you think something else would look better? I think I should have dry-embossed the top layer!
As I explained earlier, I already had the layer for inside the card which had been leftover from Monday. I didn’t make any changes to it, I just adhered the layer in as it was. You can see from the inside why I’m thinking of adding some random butterflies in the white space on the front of my card! That’s it from me today. I look forward to being back with you tomorrow, and in the meantime, happy crafting, take care and stay well!
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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