This is my first card using the beautiful Prized Peony Stamp Set. The images in this stamp set are stunning! I still have to have a go at the 3D peony that lots of demonstrators have already made videos about. As well as the birthday sentiment I use frequently from the Beautiful Friendship Stamp Set, I really like the new Many Mates Stamp Set for sentiments, which is where HAPPY ANNIVERSARY is from. I started my card by stamping the image using the Tuxedo Black Memento Ink using my Stamparatus. After colouring the image using the Petal Pink Stampin’ Blends Combo and the Old Olive Stampin’ Blends Combo, I die-cut it using the die from the Peony Die Set. Then I didn’t know which direction I wanted to go.
I pulled the Peony Garden Designer Series Paper (DSP) out and tried to use a design as my top layer! Every design in this pack is, for me, usable! It’s very unusual for me to like all the designs in one pack! I also took out of my box card bases in Petal Pink Cardstock (CS), Basic Black CS, and Basic Grey CS. I tried different combination between the DSP and the card bases. I also wanted to use one of the Square Vellum Doilies. Eventually, I decided to leave them all alone and to dry-emboss a top Whisper White CS layer instead! I chose to use the Ornate Floral 3D Embossing Folder. And this made up my mind!
I took out a middle layer of Whisper White CS and a card base in Whisper White CS. This was when I decided to make this a wedding or anniversary card. I reached for the Many Mates Stamp Set and picked out the HAPPY ANNIVERSARY stamp. Using my Stamparatus again I stamped the sentiment using Basic Grey Ink. I chose the no. 2 die from the oblong dies in the Stitched So Sweetly Dies. After adhering the embossed layer to a middle Whisper White CS layer, I adhered then both to the Whisper White CS card base. To adhere the doily in place I put a small dot of Tombow a little way in from each of the four corners and then in several places in the middle where I was confident it would be covered by the image.
Next, I adhered the image in place using Dimensionals, and a little way above it I adhered the sentiment. To finish the front of the card, I added a small bow I’d tied using the Petal Pink 5/8″ Organdy Striped Ribbon. I really struggled with this bow and very nearly gave up on it! But I persevered and finished up with a reasonable bow that I couldn’t get the tails right! It’s not often I do this but yesterday I glued the bow in position but also added extra glue in place to stop the tails from moving! I put one of my larger punches on the bow, upside down and left it like that while I tidied up. By the time I had finished, I removed the punch and my bow was stuck nice and firmly in place.
I set up to photograph my card and when I went to photograph the inside I realised I hadn’t done anything inside the card! That’s because I’d tidied up while I was waiting for the glue on the bow to dry. Never mind I’ll finish it off later today! Before I sign off today, I want to let you know that I have released my first-ever Product-based Class in the Mail. As you know I can only sell to crafters who reside in the UK, the Netherlands, France, Germany and Austria. However, I can sell the PDF’s and access to the videos worldwide. Please see the details on the HAPPENING NOW tab above and go to PROMOTIONS. Please contact me if you have any questions. email@example.com
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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