Today’s card uses one of the retiring colours – Terracotta Tile – and also a retiring stamp set – Field Journal. The only idea I had was to have a decorative strip down the right hand side, an image on the panel and a sentiment! Simple, eh? No, not at all! As I was creating my card one image became two images, two images became three images, three images became four images plus number five inside the card which became number six because I wasn’t happy with number five and decided it needed covering up! If this was a regular course of events it wouldn’t take me long to get fed up with crafting and give up! LOL!
I started off with some Terracotta Tile Cardstock (CS) for my decorative strip which I cut to the height of my top layer. The die I used is from the Birds & More Dies and I die-cut the fancy edge. I decided to cut it down to one and a half inches wide and adhered it to a top layer of Whisper White CS.
Using my Stamparatus, I stamped two of the images on Whisper White CS using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and coloured them using Light & Dark Calypso Coral and Light & Dark Mossy Meadow Stampin’ Blends. Unfortunately there aren’t any matching dies so I fussy cut both images. I rested them both on the decorative strip which was sitting on the top Whisper White CS layer. It looked good.
Using my Stamparatus again, I lined the top layer with the HAPPY BIRTHDAY sentiment from the retiring Fancy Phrases Stamp Set in the bottom left-hand corner. I rested the two images on the strip. I liked how it was all coming together and adhered the two images in place. I didn’t like all the plain white area and had a look through my stamp sets for a background.
I chose the script stamp in the Very Versailles Stamp Set and stamped it using Smokey Slate Ink stamped off once. It look so much more pleasing but two images weren’t enough. I created another image and couldn’t get the card front to look balanced so I created image number four. This was far too much so I cut off the last set of leaves on two of the images and then adhered all four images in place.
I tried various embellishments to finish of the front of the card and wasn’t happy until I added a bow made with some Mossy Meadow Braided Linen Trim which I adhered to the third image from the top. To finish off the other three images I added a Ladybird Trinket on each of them where the leaves join the stem. These are fabulous trinkets but they don’t show up very well in the photographs!
I put the top layer onto a middle layer of Terracotta Tile CS and then on to a Whisper White CS card base. Inside the card I added a middle layer of Terracotta Tile CS and the top layer of Whisper White CS that I’d stamped another image on. Once I had painted it I didn’t like it so I stamped another one, painted it and die-cut it using the Layering Circle Dies. I adhered it to a die-cut scalloped circle in Terracotta Tile and adhered it in the bottom right-hand corner. I added it to a coloured layer just in case the image underneath could be seen through the new image!
Although it wasn’t the most relaxing card I’ve ever made, the finished result is much better than I thought it was going to be!! I’m working on Sunday’s video today. I know the style of card I’m making; it’s a new fancy fold I haven’t seen before! I’ve made my prototype, so now I need to design the card and then to video it! I look forward to being back with you tomorrow, and in the meantime, please take care and stay safe. Happy crafting. xx
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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”