It was announced on the news yesterday that the new variant virus is worst in Surrey here in the UK! This is the county I live in!! The government have built a temporary morgue in woodlands in Surrey to house the people who have died because the hospital morgues are full! The death rate is so high! The situation here is worse than when we had the first lockdown in March 2020 and there are still people who believe it’s a hoax!!! Really scary, scary times. Fortunately, vaccines are being rolled out very quickly and we now have three that have been approved for use. I’m not going out anywhere (unless I have an hospital appointment or to go for a walk for some exercise and fresh air!) until I’ve had a needle stuck in my arm twice!!
Yesterday, hubby heard that one of his colleagues broke his arm falling down the stairs! Needless to say he asked if I had a get well card he could have, which I do but not any that are suitable for a man. This is where the inspiration for today’s card came from. It doesn’t often happen like this but I do find it makes life a lot easier. I chose the Enjoy the Moment Stamp Set because I like the images which I think, will become very popular for masculine cards! I chose to use the poppy seed heads as they remind me of summer and poppies are one of my favourite flowers, especially the red ones!
I have been wanting to use this stripey design of Designer Series Paper (DSP) which is from the Forever Greenery pack. It looks as if there are five different greens in the design – Garden Green, Soft Sea Foam, Pretty Peacock, Shaded Spruce and Old Olive. I chose to go with Shaded Spruce and stamped two images on a piece of Whisper White Cardstock (CS) using my Stamparatus. I die-cut one of the images using the Stitched Rectangle Dies, slim die no. 4 which I then layered onto a piece of Shaded Spruce CS which was 1/8″ wider all around. Next, I decided to fussy cut the second image – which was very easy – because I wasn’t sure which direction my card was going. When I laid the die-cut onto my chosen DSP, I thought it looked great but I couldn’t follow it through to a completed card!
I decided to put that idea on the back burner and filed the die-cut in the stamp box until another day, and went back to my rectangle die-cut image which I had layered onto a piece of Shaded Spruce CS. When I place this image onto my DSP I thought it looked too clinical. To warm my card up I decided to use the poppy seed head stamp with Soft Sea Foam and stamped randomly over the DSP. The stamping is just about visible and I went on and stamped on the die-cut image, too! I chose the GET WELL SOON sentiment that’s in the Timeless Tulips Stamp Set. After I had stamped the sentiment using Shaded Spruce Ink and my Stamparatus , I trimmed it down and added a layer of Shaded Spruce CS. Then I stamped over it as before.
I adhered the top DSP layer to the middle Shaded Spruce CS layer and wrapped two pieces of Crumb Cake Solid Baker’s Twine around the centre. It would have been better to use our Linen Thread because it’s much thinner but it wasn’t in my drawer! I adhered these two layers to a Whisper White CS card base and inside the card I added a middle layer of Shaded Spruce CS and then a top layer of Whisper White CS which I had stamped over using the poppy seed heads stamp with Soft Sea Foam Ink.
On the front of the card, I adhered the image in the centre using Dimensionals and then laid the sentiment over the lower half with a small strip of Adhesive Foam Sheet at either end! A fairly plain, non-fussy masculine get well card! A pleasing result! That’s about it for today. I look forward to being back with you tomorrow and 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”