Yesterday I had my first play with the Poinsettia Petals Stamp Set. Because there are so many elements to this stamp set I can’t just decide what I’m going to do and go for it. I needed to stamp the main images, and then the two-step stamps. Next, I have to die-cut them to see how they die-cut and then how they go together once they have been die-cut. Knowing me, if I didn’t do this part chances are I’d do something as I imagine it should be done and then sometime later find out there was a much easier way of doing it! LOL!
Yesterday my first play was focussed on stamping, painting and die-cutting the painted images. I was particularly interested to see how the three-layer poinsettia looked when it was completed compared with the single poinsettia. The other area I wanted to see was the two-step stamping because those images looked smaller than the image they were intended to paint. When I tried them they only coloured a small area of the image and I decided I’d rather paint the images.
It took me quite a long time to do the stamping, painting and die-cutting but as I said yesterday, this is my hobby – as well as my “job” – and therefore it should be savoured and enjoyed. I used the three-layer Real Red poinsettia and the two Old Olive leaves on the front of today’s card. Although I had painted the centre of the poinsettia with Daffodil Delight I decided to cover it up in favour of one the beautiful Beaded Pearls. It was amazing what a lift the pearls gave my flower!
I chose the MERRY CHRISTMAS sentiment from the Arrange a Wreath Stamp Set. After stamping the sentiment on a piece of Real Red Cardstock (CS) using Versamark, I heat embossed it using White Embossing Powder. I always think this sentiment looks as if it’s going to be too small for whatever card I’m using it for but it always works out brilliantly! I used the smallest stitched oblong die in the Hippo and Friends Dies to cut the sentiment out.To put my card together I decided to use a Shimmery White CS card base with the two top layers in Shimmery White CS as well. For the two middle layers, I chose Real Red CS to match the Real Red Stampin’ Blend I’d used to colour the flower. On top of the top layer, I adhered a piece of the patterned design sheet (i.e. not the holly or poinsettia designs) in the Plush Poinsettia Specialty Paper. I cut it so it measured three-eighths of an inch shorter on the width and the height – therefore 3 3/8″ x 5″ (US 3½” x 4¾”). I was very lucky to be able to cut it in the same position in the design so all the outside edges had the same design on them.
After I had adhered all the layers together I put one regular size Dimensional on the bottom of the poinsettia and I added six mini Dimensionals around it as well. I felt that one standard Dimensional might not be enough if I adhered the flower straight onto part of the plush part of the speciality paper rather than on to the “vellum” part. By building a bigger “Dimensional” I was more confident my flower was safe!
I adhered the two green leaves and two of the Whisper White CS die-cuts under the left-hand side of the poinsettia. Using Dimensionals I adhered the sentiment level with the middle of the poinsettia on the right-hand side. I cut most of the stem off the third and last Whisper White CS die-cut and adhered the bottom part under the sentiment. I used Tombow to adhere the Beaded Pearls in the centre of the poinsettia and six small Basic Pearl Jewels on the sentiment.
Inside the card, I adhered a top layer of Shimmery White CS and a middle layer of Real Red CS. The last image I had was the branch with the berries I’d stamped, painted and die-cut. Using Tombow I adhered it in the bottom right-hand corner! My final touch was to curl the petals and leaves on the front of my card – obviously, it would have been easier if I’d done that before adhering it down!
I forgot to say that after I had die-cut the leaves and petals, I also fussy cut them because I had misjudged – or it moved! – one of the dies and the white surround looked awful! I decided I’d rather fussy cut the images rather than going back and re-stamping, painting and die-cutting.
I’m very pleased with how this card turned out and I still have the single layer poinsettia painted ready for another card! That’s it from me today. I’m off to Sharon’s for my fortnightly manicure. I look forward to being back with you tomorrow; it’ll be the weekend again already! 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”