Yesterday I said I’d try to make a card for today using one of the Ornate Border Dies thinking it would be a nice easy make but it was anything but! There are two flowery border dies in the set; one which cuts out to a separate strip and the other one that needs an extra die to cut the second side so it also becomes a separate strip.
I chose to go with the latter to start off with because it was the right length for my top layer but I found it was too “holey” for any of the ideas I came up with. At one stage I tried using Daubers to sponge on the die as if it were a stencil. I should have chosen any colour but Poppy Parade! If I ever get in a mess with ink, it’s with red ink! Boy, did I get in a mess!
I decided to try the other strip die and had far more success. My plan was to die-cut the border and adhere it along my Whisper White Cardstock (CS) top layer I’d embossed using the Ornate Floral 3D Embossing Folder. The only part of this die-cut strip that I don’t like is that all four solid flowers have holes in them and the reason I don’t like the holes is that they cover a larger area than one of my larger pearls will cover.
I persevered and die-cut the strip in Blushing Bride CS and also one in Whisper White CS. After cutting a two-inch wide strip of Smokey Slate CS I used the thin edging die from the set to die-cut both long edges. After I had adhered the Whisper white die-cut strip I played with all sorts of flowers before I eventually decided to cut the four solid flowers from the Blushing Bride CS strip. I wanted to adhere the pink flowers on the white strip but I wasn’t happy about the holes.
I found an old flower punch – I think it was called Boho Blossoms or something? – and I punched four of the smallest flowers in pink and adhered them at the back of the pink flowers to cover the holes. This stopped the white flowers showing through but the holes were still there. I covered each hole with one of the largest pearls I had. It almost covered them completely but not quite! Then I added smaller pearls in the centres of all the other flowers.
I adhered the Smokey Slate CS strip diagonally across my white embossed top layer and trimmed off the edges where it overlapped. For the sentiment, I had a look in the Basic Black CS Ziplock bag full of pre-stamped sentiments and chose WISHING YOU EVERYTHING WONDERFUL. Unfortunately, I can’t remember which stamp set it’s from. Do you recognise it?
I added the layer to a middle layer of Blushing Bride CS and then onto a Whisper White CS card base. After adding the same two layers inside the card I took a piece of the pink die-cut strip I’d cut the flowers from and adhered it in the bottom right-hand corner. The smallest flower looked rather uneven where I’d cut one of the solid flowers off for the strip on the front of the card.
I found another remnant of the strip that had the same flower so I cut it off and adhered it on top of the flower I wasn’t happy with! Overall, I’m not happy with today’s card because I think it looks too fussy! My favoured style is clean and simple! Never mind. That’s it from me today, and I look forward to being back with you tomorrow. In the meantime, please take care, stay safe and stay well. 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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