Here in the UK, the Prime Minister has had to put the brakes on easing the lockdown. We now have two areas in England where the number of cases has risen quite considerably. Seeing photographs of the beaches today at seaside towns like Brighton, Bournemouth and many others, it isn’t surprising these figures are going up again. The beaches are so packed there is no chance of people social distancing themselves! I don’t think it will be very long before many other areas in the UK will be in lockdown again! Watch this space!
Yesterday was an amazingly busy day but I still squeezed in some time for crafting! I started with my fortnightly visit to Sharon fo my nails and after lunch, as it was the last day of the month, I had to close my workshop order and order free product for my July customers, and then I had my global email to do. This month I had loads of news to share which is in sharp contrast to last month when I only had one item of news!
Today’s card was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest which featured two flowers which had been heat embossed on vellum in white. I don’t think it was a card made by a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator unless it was quite some time ago because I didn’t recognise the flower. Initially, I was going to work with three flowers but I felt they looked better if there were two flowers offset and then adhered to each other.
I used a Grey Granite Cardstock (CS) card base with a middle layer of Whisper White CS and a top layer of Grey Granite. I dry embossed the top sheet using the Ornate Floral 3D Embossing Folder but I decided it was too fussy. I took another top layer and dry-embossed it using the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder which was far more suitable for my card.
I took a strip of Vellum CS, wiped over it with my embossing buddy and then inked the sentiment stamp up with Versamark and stamped the sentiment. I dipped it into the White Embossing Powder and heat set it. The sentiment is from Grace’s Garden Stamp Set and reads OF ALL THE BLOSSOMS IN LIFE’S GARDEN, FRIENDSHIP IS THE MOST FRAGRANT. This is why I called my card a friendship card.
I adhered the top two card layers together and then wrapped the strip of vellum around them and adhered them to the back of the middle layer. Next, I adhered the poppies in twos by adding Tombow just in the centre of the lower flower. After all three had been adhered to the top embossed layer, I put a heavy punch on them upside down to help Tombow to fix the flowers very securely.
When I was confident the three flowers were secure I added one of the triple Beaded Pearls Embellishments to each flower. They are, without a doubt, the best embellishment from Stampin’ Up! for a long time. They are pricey – in UK money they are 42 pence each so £1.26 on this one card, but I’d be more than happy to spend that on one of my friends. I adhered these to the flowers by using a Glue Dot and then putting some Tombow on top of the Glue Dot.
When I was happy the flowers and the pearls were adhered securely I folded the flowers up to give them some dimension. I added a middle layer of Whisper White CS and a top layer of Grey Granite CS inside my card. When I heat embossed the six main poppies I also created two of the smaller poppies. I offset them and adhere them together and adhered them in the bottom right-hand corner.
I’m pleased how this card turned out and I’m really loving the pearl embellishments – they are just so pretty! That’s it from me today. I hope you have a super weekend and I look forward to seeing you tomorrow. 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”