Yesterday was day 2 of hubby’s three weeks on furlough and he spent the day out in the garden again. He converted the small raised vegetable patch into a mini orchard – just one cherry tree – and covered the majority of the remaining exposed soil with large random shaped paving slabs. He’s given up growing vegetables in the open because the local cats think it’s a special litter tray that he keeps nice and soft just for them! He’ll now restrict growing vegetables to the greenhouse!
Today’s card was a bit of a challenge I set myself! I struggle to put two patterns together excluding stripes, spots and ginghams. The two patterns I have used are both from the Magnolia Lane Designer Series Paper (DSP) and I’m quite pleased how my card has turned out. Hubby says the two patterns work very well together but what do you think? Do you ever put two patterned DSP’s together? Has it ever been an issue for you?
I cut my two chosen designs to half the size of my top layer, i.e. 3¾” x 2 11/16” each and adhered them onto a Whisper White Cardstock (CS) middle layer. Before I adhered it to a Crumb Cake CS card base I wrapped a piece of retired Crumb Cake ribbon around the centre of the horizontal layer going from top to bottom and adhered it in place with SNAIL. Next, I used Tombow to adhere the layer to the card base, making sure I added some Tombow onto the ribbon as well.
I chose the sentiment BIRTHDAYS ARE THE BEST DAYS from the Beautiful Friendship Stamp Set (C/F). After wiping over a Crumb Cake CS scrap with my Embossing Buddy (ret annual page 181), I stamped the sentiment using Versamark, and then sprinkled it with Basic Black Embossing Powder. Then I used my heat tool to melt the embossing powder. Please note the Embossing Buddy is retiring on 2nd June 2020! If you don’t have one, please make sure you get one before it’s too late!
Next, I took a scrap of Whisper White CS and wiped over it with an Embossing Buddy, and stamped three individual magnolias using Versamark and the stamp from the Magnolia Blooms Stamp Set (ret beginner’s catalogue page 8 – 9), and heat embossed all three flowers in Basic Black Embossing Powder. I gave them a few minutes to cool down and coloured them with Mossy Meadow and Petal Pink Stampin’ Write Markers, and then I fussy cut all three.
After I had die-cut the sentiment using the Stitched Nested Labels Dies no. 5 (C/F) I adhered it to the card front using Dimensionals and added one magnolia at each end. I added a small bow made with some of the 3/16″ Braided Linen Trim (C/F) to each flower after I had gently pulled the fibres to open up the weave of the linen trim. I finished the front by adding some Champagne Rhinestones.
I added a middle layer of Whisper White CS inside the card, and then I adhered the third stamped and fussy cut magnolia in the bottom right-hand corner using Tombow. Overall I’m happy with today’s card, except I think the sentiment and the flowers would have been better if I’d just stamped them using Memento or Stazon black ink. The disadvantage of heat-embossed images is that you can’t paint them using Stampin’ Blends, i.e. alcohol markers.
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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