As you know I’ve had a great time playing with the various elements in the Ornate Garden Suite, but I haven’t used the Ornate Garden Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) very much. I decided to change that yesterday for today’s card and made a card that allowed the DSP to be the feature. This thought came from a lot of talk on various Stampin’ Up! Facebook groups recently about finding new ways of doing business, while face-to-face classes aren’t an option.
One popular idea is a class in the mail and this reminded me that I had been asked a few years ago if I’d do it. I gave it a try once but didn’t pursue it. With all the recent talk about this option, I decided now would be a good time to give it a proper try. I am currently working on a monthly class in the mail, which would include a tutorial PDF and a video tutorial. I have prepared my first class which consists of three masculine cards. This is to test the water to see if there is a demand for it!
I chose a heavily patterned design from the DSP and cut it to 3½” x 5 3/8” (or 3 3/8″ x 5 1/8″ US) (portrait style if you have a directional pattern). Next, I cut that piece into three vertical columns the first one 1 1/8” wide, the second one 1¼” wide and the third one 1 1/8” wide (or all 1 1/8″ wide US). You may find it helpful to number the pieces at the top on the reverse as 1, 2, 3 so you don’t muddle up the design – trust me, this is easy to do!
I adhered them on a second-sized layer leaving an equal gap on all sides. The sentiment I chose, KINDNESS IS ALWAYS IN STYLE, is from the Dressed to Impress Stamp Set. I stamped it onto a Whisper White Cardstock (CS) lacy label die-cut using a die from the Ornate Layers Dies. This left quite a large white space on both sides that needed to be filled!
I decided to make three of the small flowers I showed you yesterday in Blushing Bride CS to match the card base. The flowers were made using one of each of the flower dies from the Ornate Border Dies. Each flower was adhered with Tombow and then adhered to the sentiment label. I’m not sure what the gems are that I’ve used for the centre of my flowers, but I only had three so I assume they were retired. I had planned to use regular Rhinestones!
To decorate the inside of my card I added a layer of Whisper White CS and decorated it with a fourth Blushing Bride CS flower. This time I didn’t give it any dimension nor a gem as it’s inside my card. To make the centre more prominent, I adhered a ¼” Blushing Bride CS circle and then painted it with my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen.
To finish off the front of my card, I painted the centre of the flowers on the DSP using my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen. As I’ve said previously – on more than one occasion! LOL! – I don’t like multi-colours. This certainly applies to this DSP, although I do like how the top half is made up of yellow flowers and the bottom half of (mainly) coral pink flowers. I wish I could say I planned this but I didn’t – definitely luck rather than judgement!
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”
Cardstock Layer Sizes: Letter-size
Card base 8½” x 5½” scored and folded at 4¼”
First layer: 2 pieces 4” x 5¼”
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