This is the first card I’ve made without a sentiment which is something a lot of crafters do so they can add a sentiment as and when they need it. I can’t say that’s my reason……..I just plain forgot! The plan was to add a sentiment across the bottom so it went over the stem but I allowed myself to get carried away with the embellishments until it was too late to back track. When I decide I’m going to use this card, I’ll stamp a sentiment inside. I think that will be a better solution rather than trying to squeeze one in on the front somewhere.
The stamp set I used to create today’s card is Art Gallery which is a two-step stamp set. I used the two stamps shown at the top of the box cover. For the more solid stamp I used Purple Posy Ink and for the second less-detailed stamp I chose Gorgeous Grape. When I saw what the flower looked like when I’d finished stamping it I thought “Oh, no!” because the Gorgeous Grape looked so dark but fortunately it dried beautifully! I had toyed with the idea of using Highland Heather for my second colour but I’m so pleased I didn’t! All my stamping was done with the aid of my Stamparatus! Although it’s a photopolymer stamp set, I nearly always misjudge the position of the stem and end up with a gap. Even if it’s only a sixteenth of an inch gap, it still shows. Using the Stamparatus allowed me to keep moving the stem stamp on my painted flower until I was confident I was going to get it in the right place! I used Granny Apple Green Ink for the leaves.
The layer I adhered the image to was in my Highland Heather Cardstock (CS) folder which has a Ziplock bag of shapes die-cut but not used. I couldn’t cut my image any smaller – without making it looked very cramp – to make it fit on the Highland Heather CS fancy border. After playing around with the image to see how best I could get it fit the layer, I cut off a tad on the top and the side. This enabled me to adhere the image in place with each corner lining up just under the centre of the flower at each corner! Anybody who doesn’t know the die I used wouldn’t know I’ve covered half of the fancy edging. There’s enough left all around to make it look a very pretty frame!
The two designs of Designer Series Paper I’ve used are from the 6″ x 6″ DSP pack released in 2019 – I believe. The designs of these packs change every year but I don’t use enough of all the packs to warrant buying new every year! I put a thin strip of Highland Heather CS across the join between the two pieces of DSP. I decorated the front of my card by adding six Rhinestones in the bottom right-hand corner and three in the top left-hand corner. I adhered a bow on the stem using some Old Olive Ribbon that’s available as a combo with Terracotta Tile, called Ornate Garden Ribbon Combo Pack (152479) on page 160. It’s an amazingly soft ribbon and very easy to use for tying bows!
For the inside of the card, I cut a top layer of Purple Posy CS and stamped the flower in the bottom right-hand corner. I was able to use the same plates from my Stamparatus without moving the stamps. I did this by taking the plate out of the hinges and moving it anti-clockwise into the second set of hinges. This made the stamps on the an outside edge of the plate as opposed to being in the corner (which is where they were when they were in the first set of hinges). After cleaning my stamps, I positioned my top layer so it was hanging off the Stamparatus except for the part of cardstock I wanted to stamp! If that doesn’t make any sense, please try it on your Stamparatus (What? You don’t have one?? 😉 148187 page 164)!
That’s it from me 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”