Yesterday I felt as if I haven’t crafted for ages, and I was concerned I wouldn’t get any inspiration for today’s card nor for Sunday’s video. I needn’t have worried! I started making my card for today and finished up making a card for Sunday’s video! I went back to the drawing board and started on a second card which is what I’m sharing here! Oh, it’s so lovely being creative again!
At this time of year, i.e. when there’s a new catalogue imminent, I try to use retiring (ret) products to give you a last reminder before they disappear forever! I do this just in case it’s a product that’s still on your wishlist. NOTE: where I use a retiring product I’ll put “ret” in brackets together with the catalogue name and page number after the name of the product. I won’t use product numbers in case it’s part of a bundle!
As usual, I’m sad to see several products disappearing but at the same time, I’m excited about the new products we’ll be getting! One product that always retires is the Designer Series Paper (DSP) so with that in mind, Peaceful Poppies DSP (ret Mini page 25) is the first retiring product I used for today’s card. I had the choice of using Blackberry Bliss or Rich Razzleberry for the cardstock (CS) and chose the latter as it’s a lighter colour.
After I’d prepared my Whisper White CS and Rich Razzleberry CS layers plus my Rich Razzleberry CS card base, I started playing with different punched borders down both sides. The first one was a strip punched out with the Braided Border Punch (ret Mini page 29). It produces quite a wide strip which I cut down the centre and adhered one each side of the DSP strip. Rejected! Next, I tried the Decorative Ribbon Border (ret annual page 186)! Rejected!
I left the borders and moved on to embossing the top layer of Rich Razzleberry CS using the Coastal Weave 3D Embossing Folder (ret Mini page 39). Next, I decided to use the same sentiment and the same die I had used earlier on my Sunday video card. The dies were from the Frosted Bouquet Framelits Dies (ret annual page 193). I wished I’d used this more than I did because the label die comes in two pieces so it also cuts a layer.
I stamped the sentiment BIRTHDAYS ARE THE BEST DAYS from the Beautiful Friendship Stamp Set which is being carried forward to the new catalogue! Using Rich Razzleberry Ink I stamped the sentiment on a piece of Whisper White CS and die cut it using the dies mentioned above. I decided I was now ready to put my card together!
Starting with the embossed layer, I adhered it to the Whisper White CS layer and then adhered my 1¾” wide strip of DSP onto the embossed layer, and then adhered the sentiment in place using Dimensionals. Then horror of horrors! I’d forgotten to go back and put a layer underneath the DSP strip! Even if I wasn’t going to use a punched strip on either side, my strip should have been layered onto a piece of 1 7/8″ wide Whisper White CS strip.
I could have tried removing the sentiment – but would probably have torn the embossed layer – and then adhere the Whisper White strip over the DSP, and then a new DSP strip. After agonising about what to do for about ten seconds, I decided to let it go! I should have agonised a bit longer because I had a light bulb moment as I sat here writing my blog! I stopped what I was doing and added a narrow strip of Whisper White CS down each side of the DSP strip!
Before I carried on with my blog I took one photograph of my amended card which I have shared here as the very last card. I carried on and finished my card by adding a layer of Whisper White CS inside the card. I decorated it using three fussy cut Rich Razzleberry flowers from a scrap of the DSP I had. My final touch was to add a vertical line of three rhinestones in the top right-hand corner on the front of the card!
Which card do you prefer: with or without the white strips? I’d be interested to hear what you think! That’s it from me today. I hope you have a great weekend and I look forward to being back with you tomorrow. 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: 3¾” x 5 3/8”
DSP 1¾” 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: 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”
DSP 1¾” x 5 1/8″
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