If you don’t like fussy cutting, I’m afraid today’s card isn’t for you! I was inspired by a presentation made by Janet Wakeland – one of the top demonstrators in the US – on a Stampin’ Up! organised event last week. I’d already seen similar cards to this but have never felt like making one before. Janet used this suite to demonstrate the subject of her presentation and it really touched a chord with me.
This Designer Series Paper (DSP) is called Best Dressed and the only sheets I have are the eight sheets that came with the forty-eight sheet DSP sampler that new recruits – during Sale-a-bration (SAB) – received. They also received a mini cutter. As demonstrators, we were allowed to buy the DSP and the mini cutter which was a great idea because it meant we were able to describe them both accurately when we were talking to possible new recruits.
Before I started to design my card I sat and fussy cut fourteen handbags and purses! I used the long narrow stitched die in the All Dressed Up Dies to die cut four shelves – three for the front of the card and one inside. As you know, I love the stitched dies whatever shape they are, plus it guaranteed that all my shelves would be the same width!
I chose to use a Petal Pink Cardstock (CS) card base with a middle layer of Whisper White CS and a top layer of DSP. I chose a design from Perennial Essence. Starting from the top of the DSP, I adhered the top of the top shelf one and a quarter inches down from the top of the DSP. Next, I measured a gap of one and a quarter inches from the bottom of the first shelf and adhered the second shelf so the top of it was one and a quarter inches below the bottom of the first shelf.
After I had adhered the third shelf in the same way, I started arranging and re-arranging how I wanted the handbags and purses to go. As long as I left a sensible space for the sentiment, I didn’t have any fixed ideas about how I wanted them arranged. I hadn’t decided how I was going to do the sentiment so I started adhering the elements working from the bottom up, leaving the bottom right-hand corner free!
I was pleased with the layout of all the handbags and purses and decided I needed a small sentiment which I knew I had in the New Wonders Hostess Stamp Set. My first idea was to stamp it on a large handbag – the same as the one inside the card – which I did using Highland Heather Ink but I didn’t like the look of it. I had a look through my dies to see what I had in small dies and found one that looked like a price ticket in the Cup of Cheer Dies! The size was spot on what I needed!
I stamped the sentiment in Petal Pink Ink and die-cut it so the narrow end was in front of the sentiment. I used my 1/8″ Handheld Circle Punch (now retired) and punched a hole in the narrow end of the tag. It would have been nice if it was a stitched die, but never mind, it still looks good! Inside the card, I added a middle layer of Whisper White CS and a top layer of Petal Pink CS. I adhered the fourth shelf, the last handbag and the last purse both in the bottom right-hand corner!
I looked at my card to decide on “the finishing touch” but I couldn’t see anything it needed so I left well alone. What finishing touch would you add? That’s it from me today. As always, I look forward to being back with you tomorrow, and in the meantime, please take care and stay safe. Happy crafting.
Cardstock Layer Sizes: A4
Card base 8¼” x 5¾” scored and folded at 4 1/8”
Middle 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”
Middle layer: 2 pieces 4” x 5¼”
Top layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”
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