I hope you are well and enjoying this beautiful Easter weekend. I’m pleased to be able to tell you that yesterday I was able to complete my prototype for tomorrow’s video, and it has turned out well! My first job today will be to make another one immediately before videoing and then to do the actual videoing. The card is a fancy fold and was requested by a fellow crafter.
I’ve often said that it’s the little things that make a card, and that certainly applies to today’s card. When I’m combining two patterns, I often find it a struggle, again today’s card is a good example of that. The two patterns, in this case, are the floral design on the Ornate Garden Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) and the lacy design around the middle two layers – die-cut using the Ornate Border Dies.
I experimented with several different ways and different combinations to see if I could find a way that would make me look at the card and say Yes, that’s it! The first change I looked at was to use the reverse side of the DSP. It’s a lovely design with small flowers and leaves in light and dark greens. I didn’t think that worked; in fact, I thought that it was the opposite, which was too plain!
After turning back to the floral design, I die-cut the Terracotta Tile Cardstock (CS) sentiment layer in Whisper White CS. It looked lovely but I didn’t think it suited the sentiment. l went back to the Terracotta Tile sentiment layer and decided I’d make three of the triple-layer flowers I’ve added to a couple of my cards recently. Using the dies from the Ornate Border Dies, I die-cut three of each of the three different size flowers.
I adhered one of each size together using Tombow and then adhered one in the top left-hand and one in the bottom right-hand corners of the sentiment. With the cards I’ve made recently where I’ve added these 3D flowers, I’ve normally added a Basic Rhinestone Jewel in the centre of each. You may remember yesterday I added some retired lilac enamel dots on the Scalloped Linen Ribbon. When I found them in my stash yesterday, I remember seeing some yellow ones as well!
As soon as I added the enamel dots (?) in the centre of two of the flowers it really made my card pop! The colour of the dots look more like Crushed Curry and they attract the eyes to the flowers which makes the two patterns together look far less obvious! What do you think? If you bought the Ornate Garden Specialty Designer Series Paper, did you notice the name of a new colour in the list of the co-ordinating colours? One of the new 2020 – 2022 In-Colour perhaps!!😉😉😉
To finish my card, I added a layer of Whisper White CS inside and decorated the bottom right-hand corner with the third Terracotta Tile CS flower. Instead of adding an enamel dot inside the centre of the flower, I punched and adhered a Crushed Curry ¼” circle which finished it off nicely. When I edited my photographs I noticed I’d been a bit clumsy with Tombow in the centre of the flowers and had left shiny marks! I may go over these flowers with my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen!
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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