It’s the weekend again already! I’m sure someone’s pinching days out of my week! Hubby thinks the week has gone doubly quick for him because he’s been looking forward to having eleven days off from work, and he’s more than halfway through already! My idea for today’s card started as finding four images from different stamp sets that I could punch out using the Rectangular Postage Stamp Punch. The three stamp sets I picked out to use are Field Journal, Walk in the Woods and Fancy Phrases.
These sets gave me a good selection of images but some were too big unless I didn’t mind punching bits off, but I did mind! I was happy with the images so I looked for a die I could use that was a bit bigger but would still allow me to get four on my card. Using my Stamparatus I stamped a total of six images which included the BIRTHDAY WISHES sentiment. I coloured them using my Stampin’ Blends including the Real Red Combo, Cherry Cobbler Combo, Old Olive Combo, and Dark Daffodil Delight. The die I chose to use is from the Tasteful Labels Dies.
Instead of cutting bits off the ladybird image and the bunch of berries, I decided to fussy cut them both. They were very easy to do and I went around the edges using my Basic Black Stampin’ Blend to colour the white edges of both images. Once I had finished the ladybird image, I decided to cut the large leaf off altogether and the image fitted into the die-cut label beautifully. The berry image was more of a challenge and followed the same process I used for the ladybird.
Instead of cutting excess leaves off and discarding them, I adhered one of the leaves halfway behind the berries. This left plenty of room to adhere the image into the die-cut shape without coming over the edge. I embossed a top layer of Whisper White Cardstock (CS) using the Ornate Floral 3D Embossing Folder (EF) but when I laid the images on it everything looked very insipid. Next, I embossed a top layer of Pear Pizzazz CS using the same EF, and the images popped when I laid them on top!
The ladybird and the berries images are from the Field Journal Stamp Set; the sentiment and the Real Red flowers are from the Fancy Phrases Stamp Set and finally, the oak leaf is from the Walk in the Woods Stamp Set. I love the way Stampin’ Up! really go for co-ordination! It was initially the colour co-ordination that sold me on Stampin’ Up! but being able to co-ordinate stamp sets like this, really is something else!
I used my Stamparatus to stamp the Real Red flower image in the bottom right-hand corner of the top Pear Pizzazz layer for inside the card which I adhered to a middle layer of Whisper White CS. Using my Stampin’ Blends I coloured the image the same as the front of the card. Unfortunately, the cardstock really grabs the inks from the blends and has gone over the edges quite severely! I’m thinking about stamping the image again on a die-cut label and adhering the label over the top of it.
My final touch was going over all the images with my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter pen – inside and outside the card – and then added some Champagne Rhinestones. I’m pleased with my finished card but if I had used a different EF, e.g. Subtle, this would have made a great masculine card. I know there’s a flower image but it’s a great nature card! What do you think? That’s it from me today. I hope you have a fabulous weekend, and please 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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