Yesterday I started on a special card a friend asked me to make for a friend’s 70th birthday and I was using the Prized Peony Stamp Set. When I decided it was time to start working on today’s card I carried on with the same stamp set. I was toying with the idea of making a stable-door card, i.e. a landscape card with the fold on the left-hand side and the front of the card is without the top half, like a stable door.
For this, I stamped, painted and die-cut three of the medium-sized flowers and decided they were far too big for this idea. Next, I decided to stamp, paint and die-cut three of the small flowers and then I changed my mind about the stable door card, as you can see! I have to confess that I’m not very keen on Grey Granite as a colour because it looks like a stormy grey!
I’m having to use it because there are some fabulous designs in the Peony Garden Designer Series Paper (DSP) that feature Grey Granite. The design I’ve used for today’s card is gorgeous! I have resisted the temptation to paint the DSP but I’m sure I’ll give in one day! Rather than running the risk of wasting any of this superb DSP, I’ll try a little area first before I decide if I can make a whole card!
I cut a piece of Whisper White Cardstock (CS) the same width as a regular top layer, i.e. 3 3/4″ (US 3 7/8″) but 1 1/2″ (US 1 3/8″) tall and then I cut the DSP to make up to the regular top layer height of 5 3/8″ – therefore it measured 3 7/8″ tall (US 3 3/4″). Before adhering the pieces to the middle layer of Rococo Rose CS, I embossed the Whisper White CS using the Ornate Floral Embossing Folder.
I cut a strip of Rococo Rose CS that was 1/8″ wide to go over the join between the embossed CS and the DSP just in case the join was visible after I had adhered the flowers in place. Because I had embossed the Whisper White CS there was a slight ridge going from the DSP to the CS. When I adhered the two smaller peonies in place, I applied Tombow to the lower halves of the flowers only; no adhesive to the top halves!
Using Dimensionals I adhered the larger flower in between the two smaller flowers. As it turned out the join between the two sections isn’t visible! I stamped the HAPPY BIRTHDAY sentiment, which is from the Itty Bitty Birthdays Stamp Set, onto a strip of Whisper White CS using Memento Ink. Before adhering it in place using Dimensionals, I layered it onto a piece of Rococo Rose CS.
My new favourite gems are the Elegant Faceted Gems which come in a pack of three “colours”! There’s clear, frosted, and what looks like Petal Pink. I adhered three large and three small frosted gems onto the embossed Whisper White CS. Next, I took my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen and painted the small flowers on the Whisper White CS layer, the painted peonies and the peonies on the DSP.
Inside the card, I added a middle layer of Rococo Rose CS and a top layer of Grey Granite CS. I decorated the bottom right-hand corner by adhering the third small flower I had prepared. My final touch was painting the flower with my Wink of Stella! By the way, I painted the flowers using the following Stampin’ Blends: Light Rococo Rose for the flowers, Dark Daffodil Delight for the flower centres and Dark Granny Apple Green for the leaves.
That’s about it from me today! I look forward to being back with you tomorrow, and in the meantime, take care and stay safe. 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”
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