I hope you’ve enjoyed your weekend. Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day here in the UK, albeit a bit chilly! It was lovely to see a perfect blue sky. Hubby spent most of the day tidying up the garden, and topping up his vitamin D! It was the International Day of Prayer yesterday and also Mothering Sunday here in the UK. I was asked why we celebrate Mother’s Day in March when the rest of the world celebrates it on the second Sunday in May (I believe?).
The answer from Google is “Mother’s Day in the UK is always held on the fourth Sunday of Lent, because this was when Christians would visit their ‘mother church’, which is also why we often refer to it as Mothering Sunday. Other countries like the US specifically refer to the day as Mother’s Day and theirs wasn’t founded through religion.” I knew it was to do with the mother church but double-checked to make sure I didn’t get it wrong!
What a lot of fussy cutting I did yesterday to create today’s card? But I’m really pleased with how my card turned out so it was well worth the effort. The starting point for today’s card was that I wanted an upside umbrella full of flowers, but I wasn’t sure which flowers I wanted, nor how many. To make it easy I decided to stamp three images of each of the four different flower stamps in the Under My Umbrella Stamp Set. I used eight images, and I have two painted images leftover, plus five unpainted images – I obviously didn’t take that much notice of how many I was stamping because that’s a total of fifteen! LOL! I also stamped some wellie boots and some umbrellas, plus one pair of boots and one umbrella stamped on a piece of Lovely Lipstick Designer Series Paper (DSP) Pack. Ready for another project now!
To colour the images I used Lovely Lipstick and Call Me Clover Stampin’ Blends. I had prepared two umbrellas in Lovely Lipstick – one painted and one stamped on DSP – but I decided to use vellum instead! Initially, I thought I’d use white (opaque) vellum but changed my mind to use the So Very Vellum DSP, which is available until 31st March 2020 as a Sale-a-bration (SAB) gift for a qualifying order of €60/£45 before delivery. The pack contains two patterned sheets in three colours.
I thought the Soft Sea Foam and the Purple Posy would both work but probably not the Pool Party. As soon as I checked the Soft Sea Foam sheet, I didn’t go any further – it looked great! Using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, I stamped one on the front and one on the back of the sheet and put it to one side to dry. I also stamped the umbrella handle on a scrap of paper and punched it out using the Umbrella Builder Punch. When I did the fussy cutting, I cut along the black edge but the handle was too thin to do that so I decided to use my Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker to paint the surrounding white area. The idea worked well but the colour was too harsh, so I turned it over and coloured the other side with my Basic Grey Marker – so much better! Did you notice the handle on my umbrella was facing the opposite way to what’s shown on the box?
I fussy cut both vellum umbrellas and adhered them together by glueing along the top edge – this made the green slightly darker. After I had embossed the top Whisper White Cardstock (CS) layer using the Coastal Weave 3D Embossing Folder, I started putting my card together. I added the embossed layer to a layer of Lovely Lipstick CS and then adhered it to a Whisper White CS card base.
I added glue on the bottom layer of the vellum umbrella and adhered it in position and then I adhered three of the larger groups of flowers along the top using Dimensionals. After I glued the handle in place, I adhered a small bunch of flowers on the curve of the handle using Dimensionals and added a double bow made with our Linen Thread. Using Basic Grey Ink I stamped the sentiment LIFE SHOWERS BRING LOVE’S FLOWERS on a scrap of Whisper White CS.
I die cut the sentiment using the small oblong die in the Stitched Rectangle Dies and added Dimensionals on the back. Instead of putting it in the diagonally opposite corner the umbrella, I decided to put it in the top left-hand corner – I think it’s worked well. I added a bunch of flowers in the top left-hand corner, and then added a Gold Metallic Pearl inside each flower except the really small flower on the handle because it’s almost the same size as the Gold Pearl! LOL!
Inside the card, I added a layer of Lovely Lipstick CS and a Whisper White CS layer, and then decorated it by adding three small bunches of flowers! A delightfully clean and simple card, but even I found all the fussy cutting a challenge! LOL! That’s it from me today. Please take good care and stay well. Until tomorrow, 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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