When I ordered this stamp set I didn’t appreciate that each set of three stamps would be attached to each other! I didn’t buy the co-ordinating dies. I’m sure we all have our own little likes and dislikes when it comes to our crafting tools. One of my dislikes is having fancy shapes, like the centre image, but with holes in, like tags, when they are die-cut. I bought the stamp set on its own because I like the images!
I started my card by stamping all three images because I think YAY, IT’S YOUR DAY, HIP HIP HOORAY has a good ring to it. The first hurdle was not having a die for the middle image but it was easy to fussy cut. Then I found the die that’s on its own in the set of Stitched Rectangle Dies fits both the zebra and the sentiment albeit one portrait and the other landscape.
Unfortunately, with all three stamps attached to each other, there was no room to die-cut the second and third images! There was only one answer to this and I cut them apart but without cutting off any of the photopolymer. The reason for this is it allows me the option to line the stamps up if I decide to buy the dies, or if I sell the stamp set on once it has retired to someone who has the dies but not the stamp set!
There is a stamp in the set that stamps just the outline of the IT’S YOUR DAY stamp and I wondered if the zebra and the sentiment stamps would fit inside the shape. After cutting the shape away from the other two it was joined to I adhered it to one of the Stamparatus plates on the left-hand side and stamped the image. It was the right size for the zebra and the sentiment.
I lined the zebra up with the shape, adhered it to the right-hand side plate and stamped using Memento ink. It worked beautifully. I moved the left-hand plate along two notches and stamped the image again. After lining the sentiment stamp up on the shape I adhered it on the right-hand plate and stamped with Memento ink as before. This image fitted but it touched the shape outline in four places!
I decided to use the two images die-cut with the Stitched Rectangle die, threw the sentiment away and used the zebra as a decoration on the inside of the card. My colour choice is Rococo Rose and tied the images together with the balloon, the roses and the top part of the two P’s and one R in the sentiment by painting them all using the Light Rococo Rose Stampin’ Blend. I used Dark Granny Apple Green for the leaves.
The top Rococo Rose layer has been embossed with the Dainty Diamonds 3D Embossing Folder and then adhered to a middle layer of Whisper White. I wanted to add a bow but decided to add some ribbon around two opposite corners. Before I added the ribbon to the top right-hand corner I tied it in a knot which is an alternative to a bow! I also added my last four Melon Mambo coloured rhinestones.
As I said earlier, I adhered the zebra inside the card on the left-hand side. I tried it in the bottom right-hand corner as normal but it looked too ornate! I’m pleased with how this card turned out and next time I use this stamp set, I know how to get the best out of it using the other images! That’s it from me today! As always, I look forward to being back with you tomorrow and in the meantime please take care and stay safe. Happy crafting.
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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”