Today is my birthday which means I probably won’t have any chance for crafting but with a 50% chance of rain today, who knows what will happen. But for today I have, what I consider to be, an absolutely gorgeous card that I made using the Many Layered Blossoms Dies. These are the dies that come as a bundle with the Blossoms in Bloom Stamp Set which I used to create yesterday’s card with. These two dies are amazing when used just on their own but they are also very versatile!
If you remember the stamp I used for yesterday’s card it was the same as the five flowers in today’s die-cut flowers. This is just my second play with this bundle and I’m expecting some good surprises as I play with it more to find how far I can take it. I started my die-cut flowers by using the “outline” die with Gorgeous Grape Cardstock (CS). Next, I did the semi-solid die using Purple Posy CS and adhered the Gorgeous Grape die-cut on top of it.
Then I had two choices: first was to adhere the complete die-cut to a layer of cardstock and use it like that or second was to adhere the complete die-cut to a piece of cardstock and cut around the edge so the inside of the die-cut was filled in. I chose the second choice which then gave me another two choices! Shall I lay the die-cut onto a piece of cardstock, draw around the shape, cut it out and then adhere the die-cut to it? I tried this and after I had cut the shape about halfway, I laid the die-cut on to see how it was fitting and gave up on this idea! I decided the second route would be better!
I adhered the die-cut onto a piece of Shimmery White CS and then cut around the edge. This was a far better way of doing it. I kept my Paper Snips tilted at a sharp angle so I was, in fact, cutting just under the die-cut which left very few bits protruding that I had to go back to and trim them a bit more. The next bits I wanted to remove were the white areas between the flowers and leaves. Rather than trying to do this with my Paper Snips I took my craft knife out of my drawer and put a new blade in which I should have done ages ago. The blade didn’t want to play ball and cut my finger instead! Nothing serious but very frustrating. I asked hubby if he could fit the blade for me and he said he thought it was broken because he couldn’t get the handle to grip the blade securely.
While he was trying to fix my craft knife, I used my Paper Snips to cut out the two middle pieces but left the rest. I suspect if I hadn’t pointed out the bits I hadn’t done you may not have noticed; I hope. By now time was pressing on and I was getting tired. I decided to make my card 6″ x 6″ so I could use the entire die-cut without trimming any bits off! I cut the top Purple Posy CS layer to measure 5 7/16″ square and the middle Shimmery White CS layer at 5 5/8″ square.
I embossed the top Purple Posy CS layer for the front of the card using the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder and then adhered the die-cut image using Dimensionals. The HAPPY BIRTHDAY sentiment is from the Blossoms in Bloom Stamp Set and using my Stamparatus, I stamped it with Gorgeous Grape Ink on Shimmery White CS. The strip is half an inch wide and I layered it onto a piece of Gorgeous Grape CS strip which is 5/8″ wide.
I finished the front of my card by using the rest of my Gorgeous Grape rhinestones from the leftovers from the Noble Peacock Rhinestones. As yet I haven’t decorated the inside of my card. There are two smaller flower dies in the Many Layered Blossoms Dies which I will probably die-cut and adhere inside. But that’s for another day. That’s it from me today. Please take care and stay safe – I’ll certainly be wearing my mask all the time I’m outside today! I’m hoping to be able to post something for tomorrow morning but I’ll have to see how today goes! Happy crafting.
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