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Today’s card was meant to be a nice quick and easy card but I seem to be totally incapable of quick and easy! The idea was to use the piece of Hydrangea Hill Designer Series Paper (DSP), add a sentiment, decorate the inside and done! Easy! But, oh no! I decided the front of the card looked flat so I thought I heat emboss the sentiment and pop it up on Dimensionals and that would give the card a great lift! After I had heat embossed the HAPPY BIRTHDAY sentiment which is from the You Are Amazing stamp set, I layered it onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock which measured 1 11/16″ x 2 1/4″ and then popped it in position.
I loved how it looked but the front of the card was still looking flat. It was the pink hydrangea that was crying out for something more! I took out the Hydrangea Dies and sorted out the scrap pieces of DSP that I had in the pink design that’s on the reverse side of the Highland Heather and Whisper White stripe design. First of all I used the hydrangea flower head die that cuts the edges of all the petals thinking this would make the pink flower on the DSP pop! It did! A bit! But it wasn’t the look I was after.
Next I used the long die that die-cuts nine small flowers and I cut three strips; twenty-seven flowers in all. By the time I had finished my card I had die cut six strips – fifty-four flowers – and used forty-four. Ten flowers live to see another day! If you don’t have patience for fiddly jobs like this, stay with the die-cut flower head, lift the partially die-cut petals and put a pearl in the centre of each. One by one, I put all the small flowers into the palm of my hand and used the soft end of my paper piercer to press down in the centre of the flower so all the petals came upwards.
Then I started to add a small dot of Tombow on the base of each flower – one at a time – and adhered it in position. The first flower was the one in the centre. As I worked my way round covering the DSP flower I learned it’s easier to adhere the second flower one side of the first flower and then to adhere the third one on the other side of the first flower. By letting the glue dry on number 2 while adhering number 3 away from it on the other side of number 1 by the time I came to adhere number 4 next to number 2, it had dried enough so it didn’t move when I put number 4 close by!
If you look closely at my flower, you will see there is a fair bit of space between each flower. They are all touching each other but they are not packed together in a solid mass. You can identify how many small flowers I added – thirty-six – by the number of small pearls. There is one for each flower. I hope this helps to guide you with how close without being close is close enough! To finish the front of my card I added a pink Pastel Pearl in each corner of the sentiment and four small flowers in the top two corners and then added small pearls inside each of them.
To decorate the inside of my card I added a middle layer of Whisper White CS and then a top layer of Seaside Spray CS. I decorated the bottom right-hand corner with the flowerhead I’d die-cut earlier. I also used the large die that die-cuts the large stamped image of the hydrangea stem and leaves. I chose a piece of the green design from the DSP and positioned the die so I cut just the stem and the leaves. I separated the leaves from the stems and adhered them under the flowerhead.
So much for a quick and easy card! The main thing is I thoroughly enjoyed making this card and found it very relaxing! That’s it from me this morning. If you’re in my Newsletter Email Group, watch out for my email a short time after 7 pm GMT this evening when I send you the Retiring List. In the meantime, 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”