I hope you were able to get any products from the Clearance Rack you were after yesterday. When it was first launched, I resisted the temptation to buy the Everything is Rosy Product Medley even though I thought it was absolutely gorgeous! When I saw it on the Clearance Rack at almost half price, I was so sorely tempted again! But I stood firm and still resisted! Sometimes I surprise myself with my power of resistance! I wish I was the same with chocolate! LOL!
Yesterday when I was thinking about today’s card I wanted to use the same “wreath” die I used on yesterday’s card but I didn’t have inspiration what to do with it! That is until I remembered the Peaceful Poppies Elements which I haven’t used, let alone seen for quite some time! I retrieved them and reminded myself of all the different elements in the pack! With a new catalogue due quite soon, the chances are that these will be retired so I decided to have another play with them!
I started by die cutting the wreath in Whisper White Cardstock (CS) and, just as I did yesterday, changed my mind and die cut one in Basic Black CS. This made a better contrast than the white and decided to have some of the Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper (DSP) for my top layer. I chose the large watercolour print in Real Red with a splash of Old Olive and adhered it to a middle layer of Basic Black CS, which really made it pop!
My automatic reaction was to create a wreath using five of the double poppies elements. While I was trying all sorts of arrangements, I heat embossed the HAPPY BIRTHDAY sentiment from the Peaceful Moments Stamp Set, using white embossing powder. I wrapped some of the black 3/8″ Glittered Organdy Ribbon below the wreath and tied it in a bow, but I didn’t like it and dismissed the idea!
I thought maybe it was the ribbon that wasn’t quite right and tried the retired 3/8″ Basic Black Shimmer Ribbon. This looked so much nicer, and even more so after I painted the outer rings of the wreath using my Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Pen – the two went together beautifully. At this point, I wanted to have my card landscape but couldn’t because my DSP had a directional design on it!
I decided to put my ribbon from top to bottom anyway and adhered the wreath in place using Dimensionals. The outer rings were too thin to put Dimensionals under them, except in the two places where I added the poppy elements, so I let it be! It was at this point I decided to stop and not to add anything more except for three Basic Pearls on the Basic Black inner circle of the wreath – less is more!
Inside the card, I adhered a middle layer of Basic Black CS and a top layer of Whisper White CS. I added one of the double poppy elements that match the two on the front of the card! It looks so striking and so crisp. Looking at the inside I realised this was my favourite colour combo but I hadn’t recognised it on the front of the card. I can only assume this is because there is so much red because of the DSP.
Whatever the reason is, I’m really pleased with my finished card. I love red poppies and I really hope the Peaceful Poppies Suite gets carried forward into the new catalogue, maybe with some new DSP. Personally I’d be happy with more of the same! What do you think? That’s it from me today. I look forward to being back with you tomorrow, and in the meantime, please take very good care and stay safe and well.
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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