Yesterday was a busy and successful day which culminated with a visit from our granddaughter Molly in the afternoon. It was so relaxing sitting out in the garden together just chatting! After she had gone home hubby and I had dinner and then it was off to my craft room for me, while hubby went into the garden to water our tomatoes, chillis and aubergines – all of which are coming on brilliantly.
I chose to use the Prized Peony Stamp Set for today’s card but I didn’t have a set idea of what direction I wanted to go in. Usually, I colour my peonies Petal Pink because that’s the only colour, plus grey, in the Designer Series Paper (DSP) but yesterday I decided to be a bit different and went for Pool Party. As I reached for Peony Garden DSP I saw the Forever Gold Laser-Cut Speciality Paper on the shelf just above and decided to use one of the card fronts in the set. I chose the one that looks like wire mesh and adhered it onto a piece of Pool Party Cardstock (CS) that measures the same size. It was easy to put glue on the outside edge of the laser-cut to adhere it to the cardstock.
I wasn’t sure which colour to use as a layer or as my card base. Mossy Meadow was the first colour I chose because that was the colour I’d used for the leaves, but it was too dark. I knew I was going to use a Pool Party CS card base and that only left gold but I wasn’t happy about having such a wide band of plain gold all around. Then the idea of embossing the Gold Foil popped into my head. It’s one of those techniques I really like but very rarely think about. I chose the Ornate Floral 3D Embossing Folder and took a middle layer of Gold Foil and ran it through the Big Shot. The result was stunning. On this occasion, there wasn’t any need to spray the Gold Foil.
On many occasions, I’ve said I don’t like random jewels but I should have been saying that I don’t like random gems when there only three of them! Twice recently I’ve used five gems and I’ve been happy with the result! Today I used the Gold Metallic Pearls. The final part I needed for my card was the sentiment HAPPY BIRTHDAY which is from the Butterfly Wishes Stamp Set. After stamping the sentiment in Versamark onto a scrap of Whisper White CS, I dipped it into my box of Gold Embossing Powder and heat set it. I wanted a fancy die to cut the sentiment out and found the ideal die in the Perfect Parcel Dies.
I adhered the Peony on the card front using Dimensionals and then adhered the sentiment over the flower stem, also with Dimensionals. Inside the card, I added a sheet of Whisper White CS which I’d stamped the small peony from the stamp set in the bottom right-hand corner, but I’m not happy with it. It looks very stark when you open the card and see it for the first time! I think I will cover the white sheet with a middle layer of Whisper White CS and a top layer of Pool Party CS with a small peony stamped in the bottom right-hand corner.
I’m very pleased how this card has turned out and I’m particularly pleased with how the edge around the laser-cut looks like a “frame” on the embossed gold layer. What do you think? That’s it from me today. This morning I’ll be playing catch up on what I wasn’t able to do yesterday and then I’ll start working on Sunday’s video. 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”