Today’s card is another virtual swap from last week’s virtual online OnTour event organised by Stampin’ Up! This card was shared by Felicity Dagg and it appealed to me because I’ve always had a fascination for this type of weaving. My card doesn’t have as much “texture” as Felicity’s card and I think there are a couple of reasons that account for this.
I cut all my strips to half an inch wide without stopping to think if that’s what Felicity had done, her card would have been at least five and a half inches wide which would have made the height about eight inches tall! It had been a long frustrating day yesterday and I’m using that as my excuse for not thinking this through properly before I started!! On the swap card, there were nine vertical strips and eight vertical strips.
I don’t think the width of the strips is very uniform and probably varies between one-quarter of an inch and three-eighths of an inch. Although I did try, I couldn’t work out how many different designs had been used from the Garden Lane Designer Series Paper (DSP). It also appears that there may be two strips from a different DSP pack and there is also a plain white strip as well as a Garden Green DSP strip.
Using all these variances probably accounts for the far more textured look in comparison to my regimental look. If I was planning this for a video I would say this card is my prototype! I would then go on to make a second card to get more like Felicity’s card, i.e. narrower strips and a bigger variety of patterns from the pack of DSP.
On the swap card, there were three die-cuts layered on each other with HELLO embossed on the third and smallest die. I used just the bottom two dies which are all from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies. The set contains six scalloped rectangle dies and four fancy shape dies that fit inside each other but not as layering dies. On my card, I used dies nos. 2 and 3 and Felicity used 1, 2 and 3. I didn’t use the smallest die because I wanted my card to be a birthday card. The swap card said HELLO.
On the largest label, where I used a pattern from the DSP, it looks as if the swap card has been created using a fabulous floral patterned Vellum that was available a couple of years ago. The second label was die-cut from a pattern from the DSP and the third one was the same colour as the card base which I think was Garden Green. The HAPPY BIRTHDAY sentiment on my card is from the Peaceful Moments Stamp Set which is being carried forward.
Felicity also added a small ribbon bow onto the front of her card which is another reason why there’s extra texture. I could go back and add a ribbon to my card, too! To decorate the inside of my card I added a layer of Mossy Meadow Cardstock (CS) and a top layer of Whisper White CS. I took four strips of DSP and wove them together with two vertical and two horizontal. It would have looked better if the strips had been narrower and shorter.
Despite being very critical of my card, I still like how it turned out and I’m happy with it, but I would have liked to have achieved the look of dimension achieved by swap card! Many thanks for the inspiration, Felicity! That’s it from me today. I look forward to being back with you tomorrow, and in the meantime, 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: 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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