It’s the weekend again! Already? After we’ve been to the opticians to collect hubby’s glasses this morning we’re taking a drive down to Windelsham. This is a lovely part of our county about half an hour’s drive away. We’re going down to collect a Big Shot Plus from one of the lady’s in my team. Her machine has broken and needs new cogs. Before hubby sources new cogs for her, he’s going to take the machine apart to make sure there isn’t anything else wrong which would make money spent on new cogs, money wasted! Having an engineer as a hubby is another of my blessings! 💖
Yesterday I played with the Pretty Parasol Stamp Set which is the set I was going to play with yesterday until I was distracted by the Wellington boots in Under My Umbrella! I love these parasols because they have some very feminine elements like the tassels. I had no idea where my design was going so I studied the images and chose the tall slim parasol with the tassels – I’ll try the larger flatter parasols another day. My favourite colour combo at the moment – if you haven’t noticed! 🤣 – is Purple Posy, Balmy Blue and Highland Heather! This is due to the beautiful design in the Snowflake Splendour Designer Series Paper (DSP) that features these three colours!
I decided to stamp tone on tone and then heat emboss each of them. Using my Stamparatus made it very easy to stamp the tassels so they were attached to the umbrella. Each time I changed to a different colour I cleaned my stamps using my Simply Shammy so I could go over the image with my Versamark. I didn’t worry about cleaning the Versamark off before I started inking the stamps with the next colour. Once I had stamped the image with Versamark I dipped it into my Clear Emboss Powder and heat set it before I moved onto the next colour. After I had finished all three of them I started fussy cutting. At first, I started cutting around the bottom of the fringe with a curved line but it didn’t look quite right because individual tassels were different lengths. Rather than leaving it like that, I went back and recut the edges with little curves around each tassel. Although this was a bit more fiddly to cut the effect was well worth it!
Next, I needed handles for the parasols and chose the straight one with the tassel at the bottom, partly because I thought it looked prettier but also because I thought it would be easier to fussy cut. Instead of stamping tone on tone, I just stamped with Versamark and then dipped into the Clear Emboss Powder. It doesn’t look as if there is any colour on the Purple Posy handle but it is there! I found these were very easy to fussy cut. I started putting my card together first with a Gorgeous Grape Cardstock (CS) card base with a middle layer of Highland Heather CS and a top layer of Snowflake Splendour DSP. I used the same top and middle layers on the inside of the card.
I laid the three parasols on my card and decided to tilt the two outside parasols but felt there was something lacking. Using the small flowery image from the stamp set, which I inked in Gorgeous Grape, I stamped it randomly over the top DSP layer and inside the card I did the four corners. Using Dimensionals I adhered the parasols and then adhered the handles, all coming straight down using Tombow. Although I had been thinking about it all the time I was making my card, now was the time I had to think seriously about a sentiment; not that I had left any space for one!
Fortunately, there’s a nice short sentiment – IT’S YOUR DAY – in the Under My Umbrella Stamp Set which fitted in the centre of the card front brilliantly! I stamped it using Gorgeous Grape Ink but forgot to heat emboss it! I can always do another one and adhere it over the top! To finish my card I wanted to add some bling. As I was going through my bling box I found some Epoxy Shape Glitter Raindrops; they have retired and I can’t remember the correct name but the name I’ve given them describes them perfectly! I’m very happy how today’s card has turned out. Funnily enough, I can remember when Stampin’ Up! first brought out a stamp set with umbrellas for birthday cards and I thought “Really! Who’d want to send a birthday card that features umbrellas!” But now, I’m really pleased they have these two fabulous stamp sets!
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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”