This is the last weekend before Christmas! Already!! Today’s card was inspired by a fabulous card I received from one of the ladies in my team. As I took the card out of the envelope, it looked as if the poinsettia that was protruding above the diagonal line was part of the Poinsettia Place Designer Series Paper (DSP) and it looked fabulous. It wasn’t until I had the card totally out of the envelope that I realised it was a poinsettia that had been fussy cut from a different part of the DSP sheet. Gill had made a slim line card base and added the cut triangle of DSP to fit the card front, corner to corner, with a one-eighth of an inch gap all round.
She had also die-cut one sprig of what I call pom poms and one sprig of a pine branch, both of which she had slipped under the poinsettia. It looked fabulous. And it inspired me to make today’s card. It wasn’t quite as straightforward as I thought it would be, but once I’d worked out what I had to do, it was plain sailing! Just like yesterday’s card was ideal for those of you who can’t stand doing fussy cutting, today’s card is spot on for fussy cutting lovers! I made my card the same size as Gill’s which is a bit bigger than my normal slim line size.
I took a piece of Garden Green Cardstock (CS) that measured 8″ x 8″ and scored it at 4″. I worked out my top layer of Bumblebee CS to be 7 5/8″ x 3 5/8″ and the middle Whisper White CS layer to be 7 3/4″ x 3 3/4″. Next I found I only had one reasonable size piece of DSP in this design which saved me the problem of trying to work out what flowers I’d be fussy cutting! I turned it so the flowers were in the correct position and was able to cut a piece the same size as the top layer.
Next I took my ruler and a pencil and drew a line from corner to corner, starting at the top left-corner side and going down the the bottom right-hand corner. Then I cut off everything above the pencil line that wasn’t part of a poinsettia that was on the lower half! When I reach an area that would be part of my straight line cut, I turned my scissors to face the top so I didn’t cut along the straight pencil line. This is a matter of choice.
I knew that I was going to cut around all the flowers that go over the pencil line, and then I’d go back with my metal ruler and craft knife to cut off the excess above the line. If you prefer, you can cut along the straight lines as and when you come to them. Apart from one flower that appears to be teetering on the edge, I’m happy with the finished result. Before I adhered the DSP I did two things. First, I used the brush end of my Soft Suede Stampin’ Write Marker Pen and allowed it to run along the cut edge to cover up any white areas. When you do this make sure you hold the brush at the back of your DSP, just in case you slip! Next I cut the DSP to measure 7 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ so it has a 1/8″ gap around the Bumblebee CS.
Inside the card I added a Bumblebee top layer and a Whisper White CS middle Layer. I added three small poinsettias I had fussy cut from leftover scraps. My final touch was painting the insides of all the poinsettias – inside and on the front of the card – plus the yellow berries on the front using my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen. I chose the MERRY CHRISTMAS sentiment from the FOR UNTO US Stamp Set and stamped it onto a piece of Whisper White CS using Soft Suede Ink.
Many thanks for the inspiration, Gill! That’s it from me today! I’ll be back tomorrow with my Sunday video. In the meantime take care and stay safe. Happy crafting.
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