It’s so good to be back so quickly! As I explained yesterday, I didn’t have enough time to say everything I wanted to say so I’m back to explain how I made my April thank you cards and how I stepped it up to create a birthday card. I’m starting with the thank you card which and I’ll describe the Fresh Freesia coloured card but all three have been created using the same products – apart from the colour! I started with our Basic White Notecards & Envelopes which are made with our Thick Basic White Cardstock (CS) and measure 3.5″ x 5″. Using the new Bark 3D embossing folder, I embossed a piece of Fresh Freesia CS which measured 4.75″ x 3.25″ and adhered it to my card front. Using my Stamparatus, I stamped the flower image from the new Colour & Contour Stamp Set with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.
Next, I used the infill stamp with Fresh Freesia ink to colour in the flower and my modified stamp from the Whale Done Stamp Set with Garden Green Ink to colour the leaves. Please check out yesterday’s blog to see how I modified my stamp so I could use it to colour the leaves in the same style as the flowers. (Note: there isn’t an infill stamp in the Colour & Contour Stamp Set to do this). After I had die-cut the image using the no 3 Scalloped Contour Dies, I adhered it to my card front using Dimensionals. The sentiment is from the Pansy Patch Stamp Set and was stamped onto a scrap of Thick Basic White CS. I trimmed it to measure 1 7/8″ x 0.5″ and added it to a layer of Fresh Freesia CS which measures 2″ x 5/8″. I adhered it towards the bottom of the image.
I was really pleased with how this card turned out and decided to step it up and create a birthday card. My colour choice was Gorgeous Grape CS because – apart from mauves and lilacs being my favourite colours – I knew I had an embossed top layer of Gorgeous Grape CS waiting to be used! It had been embossed some time ago using the Brick & Mortar Embossing Folder. After adhering the top layer to a middle layer of Basic White CS, I adhered it to a Gorgeous Grape CS card base. The colour I used for the flowers is Highland Heather and the leaves are Granny Apple Green. Instead of having the sentiment going across the stem, I adhered a bow I’d created using the Gorgeous Grape Sheer ribbon which I’m pleased to see has been carried forward into the new Annual catalogue!
The HAPPY BIRTHDAY sentiment has been stamped in Highland Heather and die-cut using the no. 1 slim die from the Stitched Rectangles Dies, which was a bit too long for the sentiment. After running it through my die-cutting machine once, I repositioned the die – to make the sentiment smaller – until I felt the die slotting back into the cut stitches. If you look closely at the sentiment on the left-hand side, you can see where the stitches go right off the end of the cardstock! I finished the front of the card by adhering the sentiment above the image using Dimensionals. My final touch was adhering a Bumblebee Trinket just above the flower image. Before I added a middle layer of Basic White CS inside the card, I stamped the upper part of the image in the bottom right-hand corner and coloured it the same as the image on the front of the card.
Yesterday I said I also had an update about last Sunday’s video. If you watched the video, you’ll know I changed the Basic White CS triangle inside the card to a complete layer because it made life so much easier. While I think it’s a much better idea, I did like the look of the cardstock gaps between the white and the DSP if a white triangle was created. Eventually I had a lightbulb moment and I acted on the Sailing Home card. I took two strips of very narrow cardstock from my Misty Moonlight CS scraps and adhered them down the join between with the white and the DSP! It worked a treat! Finally, one of my crafty friends in the US, sent me photographs of the arrow fold card she made and she had decorated the inside of her card on the arrow side. She doesn’t want credit for the idea because she said she uncovered it…..!! 😀
That’s it from me today. I’ll be back with you on Sunday with my next video. In the meantime take care and stay safe. Happy crafting.