Yesterday Stampin’ Up! announced a one day Stamp Set Sale tomorrow i.e. Wednesday 23rd September 2020. For the European market the times are as follows: online orders: Europe Midnight on 22.09.20/UK at 11 pm on 22.09.20 until Europe 23:59 on 23.09.20/UK on 23.09.20 at 10:59 pm. Telephone orders on 23.09.20: Europe 9.00/UK 8.00 am until Europe 17:50/UK 4:50 pm. There is a 15% discount on a selected list of stamp sets. To see the Complete List of Selected Sale Stamps Sets please click on the link.
Today’s card is not for the faint-hearted! It isn’t difficult it just needs patience! I chose my colour scheme first, i.e. Balmy Blue, Highland Heather and Purple Posy. I chose these three colours, not only because I think it’s a great combo but also because the colours go really well with the Snowflake Splendour Designer Series Paper (DSP). The only idea I had was to make a wreath with one of the gold hoops as the base and instead of using flowers and or leaves I wanted to use stars. The quickest way to die-cut the large number of stars I needed in all three colours was to use the Stitched Stars Dies. One of the dies in that set is a beautiful scroll die and produces about six stars of different sizes.
Each time I ran one of these dies through my Cut & Emboss machine, I also included the two smallest layering stars dies – one produced stitch lines and the other didn’t. I needed to run each colour through twice – therefore a total of six times – to get all the die-cuts I needed! As I removed the stars from the dies I lined them up in rows keeping each colour in a separate row and the same sizes in lines. The Highland Heather stars have been die-cut using the Colour Velveteen Paper Pack (153557 page 153). It’s a pack of three 12″ x 12″ soft, flocked paper; one sheet each in Cinnamon Cider, Highland Heather and Soft Sea Foam. Although I don’t think you can see in the photographs that I’ve used flock paper you can definitely see it in real life!
I cut a top layer in a design from the Snowflake Splendour DSP and a middle layer of Whisper White Cardstock (CS). Once I had adhered the two layers together, I took a Gold Hoop and threaded some retired silver ribbon through the top and adhered it at the back. Next, I used some Tombow Glue to adhere the hoop in position and then started to adhere the stars. Although I kept the colours in order, I adhered the hearts by mixing the different sizes but I kept the twelve smallest and the twelve largest stars to one side. When I had covered the hoop by adhering each star half on and half off the previous one, I adhered the smallest stars to fill some gaps and also to stop the stars looking like they had all been adhered one after the other, half on and half on. It worked really well.
Next, I chose to use the same Joy Dies I used on yesterday’s card but instead of Peace I used BRIGHT. I decided to use our new adhesive sheets for the top layer which I wanted in Balmy Blue. The secret to using these sheets successfully is to lift the backing sheet and add your cardstock to it. Remove the backing sheet, turn your cardstock over and use your bone folder to rub the Adhesive Sheet and the cardstock together to make sure they get excellent adhesion. Then lay your die on top of the cardstock and run through your die-cutting machine. When you’re ready to adhere the die-cut to the second layer, remove a small piece of the backing paper and adhere the die-cut in position, then move the next piece and align the next part of your die-cut, and so on! I find that by doing this it works brilliantly!
I used the HAPPY and AND stamps from the Peace and Joy Stamp Set and stamped both words in all the three colours I was using. The sentiments that stamp as a block of colour leaving the words as blank are so easy to use! Partly because they can be cut out by hand and also they generally don’t need a layer under them. I decided to cut all six words out and then to use them all. After arranging them inside the wreath I decided to take one AND out and place it above the word BRIGHT. I popped each word up on a small strip of Adhesive Foam Sheet.
To finish off, I added a silver ribbon bow and adhered the remaining six small star die-cuts in the area above the wreath. Inside the card, I added a middle layer of Whisper White CS and a top layer of the DSP. I decorated it by using six of the biggest stars, three in each diagonally opposite corners – I should have left them off! They are just too big! Never mind. I might go back and add a small star in the centre of each!
It took a long time to fix all the stars but it was well worth the effort – I think the card has turned out well. That’s it from me today and I look forward to being back with you tomorrow. In the meantime, please take care and stay safe. Happy crafting!
PS As I was finishing off I noticed I’d made a mistake – have you noticed what it is?
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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”