Yesterday I had a play with the gorgeous Hydrangea Haven Stamp Set as well as the matching Hydrangea Dies plus the Hydrangea Hill Designer Series Paper (DSP). My original idea was to create a hydrangea flower head by using the tiny flower die. It cuts nine small flowers in one go so I cut nine each in Seaside Spray Cardstock (CS), Purple Posy CS and Highland Heather CS. This idea would be better for a gift tag or a box decoration because on a card the flowers would get mooshed down in the post!
Onto plan B which was to die-cut the flower head using a piece of DSP. I pushed all the cut petals through from the back so they stood up. This meant you could see whatever cardstock you adhered the flower head to. I decided to die cut another flower head in Highland Heather CS and adhered the DSP flower head on top of it.
This meant being able to see Highland Heather behind the petals which looked very pleasing! I took some Whisper White CS and used my Stamparatus to stamp the large hydrangea stamp using Mossy Meadow Ink. I didn’t bother about inking the flower head because that was going to be covered up anyway.
After I had die cut the stamped image I decided I didn’t like it because the white looked too stark against the flower head. Next I tried die cutting the large flower and stem using Old Olive CS but with out stamping on it and then I die-cut the “holey” leaves which I adhered on the large Old Olive CS stem – as you can see in the photographs!
I thought I would have to cut the Old Olive CS flower head off so I could adhere my DSP flower head there instead! Stampin’ Up! had thought about this scenario when they designed this set because both flower heads are the exact same shape and size! I was able to adhere the DSP flower head on top of the Old Olive CS flower head; it was easy to match up the exact positioning.
I cut a piece of stripe DSP from the pack that measured 4 1/4″ x 2 3/4″ and adhered to a layer of Gorgeous Grape which measured 4 3/8″ x 2 7/8″ and then adhered the hydrangea in place. Next I adhered this in the centre of a top layer of the same design of DSP I’d used for the flower head and then adhered it onto a middle layer of Gorgeous Grape CS and then onto a card base of Purple Posy CS.
I finished off the front by adding small pearls in the centre of the small flowers and then I adhered a Gorgeous Grape Sheer Ribbon bow on to the stem. After I plucked up enough courage, I stamped the sentiment TO AN INCREDIBLE WOMAN using Gorgeous Grape Ink in the bottom right-hand corner. It’s straight!!
Inside the card I added a middle layer of Gorgeous Grape CS and a top layer of Purple Posy CS. I stamped the small group of flowers that are in a triangular shape in the bottom left- and right-hand corners. This is a two-step stamp set but I decided against using the infill stamp. This stamp would also decorate the envelope beautifully, too.
That’s it from me today. My chore for the third day running is getting all my figures together for my accountant who does my Tax Return! As you know, I’m very much last minute dot com – my Return has to be in by 31.01.21!! I look forward to being back with you tomorrow and in the mean time please take very good care and stay safe. Happy crafting.
Products used for this project: please click on any of the links to be taken to my 24/7 online Stampin’ Up! shop. The Hostess Code for JANUARY 2021 is DQ7YY4BZ. Thank you. xx
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”