Today I want to explain how and why I made the card I shared with you briefly yesterday. I’d been thinking about our first wedding anniversary coming up on 15th June 2020 since a friend of mine mentioned it to me recently. Originally we had planned to celebrate our anniversary by going back to the same hotel we celebrated our wedding and staying the weekend! Obviously, that won’t be happening now!
I started my card by stamping the script stamp on the top layer with second generation stamping with Smokey Slate Ink. I had the stamp set up on my Stamparatus and cut a piece of computer paper the same size as my Whisper White Cardstock (CS) top layer. When I had inked my stamp, I stamped off once onto the computer paper, removed the computer paper and stamped down onto my top layer.
I lifted the plate off its hinges and moved it down one notch, and then I repeated the process. I repeated this three more times which took me down to the bottom of the top layer. Next, I lined up the Eiffel Tower on the reverse side of the plate. I wanted the script stamp left in place just in case I made a mistake and had to start that step again! I stamped the Tower twice.
The Eiffel Tower and the script stamps are both from the Parisian Beauty Stamp Set which will be retiring today. I changed the plate on the Stamparatus and lined up the stamp of the young couple with an umbrella so they were standing slightly off to the left-hand side of the tower. This stamp is from the Silhouette Scenes Stamp Set which is being carried forward to the new catalogue.
I stamped the couple several times with Smokey Slate Ink to stop the lower part of the Tower showing through the young ladies leg! When I had more or less succeeded in doing this, I cleaned my stamp using my Simply Shammy and re-inked with Versamark. Next, I dipped my top layer in my box of Clear Embossing Powder and, after making sure the image was well covered, I shook off the excess and heat set it.
In real life, the image looks grey but it looks almost black in the photographs! I took some Smokey Slate CS layers but when I put my layer on top of it, the card looked very dreary. At this point, I decided to see what it would look like if I used Blushing Bride CS and decided, if it looked nice, I’d do the sentiment in Blushing Bride as well. What a difference using pink made to the card!!
I chose the I LOVE OUR BEAUTIFUL FRIENDSHIP sentiment rather than an anniversary sentiment because I think being friends is so very important in a successful marriage. After die-cutting the sentiment with the no. 3 die from the Stitched Nested Labels Dies I knew I’d have to trim the label down but I struggled to decide where I should put it.
My final decision was level with the couple because with the right-hand side cut off, the label looks like an arrow pointing at the couple. I set my stamp on the reverse side of the second plate on my Stamparatus and was very disappointed with the stamped sentiment. It looked as if my ink pad had been over-inked last time I’d re-inked! I left the ink pad open, hoping it’d dry a bit, while I carried on with my card.
I cleaned my stamp again and painted it using my Blushing Bride Stampin’ Write Marker. The result was much better and I did it again and it was perfect. After I had adhered the sentiment in place, I added two Heart Epoxy Droplets which will be retiring today! I ran out of time making this card and only managed to add a top layer of Whisper White CS and a middle layer of Blushing Bride CS inside.
Yesterday morning a crafter shared the scrapbook layout she had created after she had seen my slanted panels card video on Sunday. I’ve only ever dabbled with scrapbooking but I just had to share this with you. It’s absolutely gorgeous! I contacted Vivien Mortimore-van Herpt and asked her if she minded if I downloaded her photograph and shared it on my blog and I’m pleased to say she agreed.
When I see a creation like this, I can fully understand the appeal of scrapbooking. If you’re reading this Vivien, many thanks for allowing me to share your creation! Finally, don’t forget today is the LAST day you can order from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue which includes the 2018-2020 InColours – Blueberry Bushel, Call Me Clover, Grapefruit Grove, Lovely Lipstick and Pineapple Punch!
That’s it from me for today and I look forward to being back with you tomorrow. In the meantime please take care, stay safe and 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”
Products used for this project: please click on any of the links to be taken to my 24/7 online Stampin’ Up! shop. The Hostess Code for JUNE 2020 is EF7U2PC2. Thank you. xx