On Monday morning, more of our lockdown restrictions were lifted and we were allowed to embrace people. My daughter came over at 11am and we hugged and cried and hugged and cried a bit more! This was the first time since 23rd March 2020 – the start of the first lockdown – that we have been allowed to hug each other! Later that afternoon, my granddaughter Molly telephoned and said Mum had told her she’d been over for a cuddle and could she come over after college for a cuddle too! As hubby was finishing work at 4.30pm I said we’d pop over to see her (she has to catch the bus – driving, we’re there in ten minutes) As soon as the front door was open, she shot out and we were hugging like we were never going to let go! Vicki came to the door and invited us in. As I was taking my boots off, Jack, my grandson appeared. What an absolute bonus! He bent down – he’s 6′ 5″ tall and I’m 5′ 4″ – and gave me a massive, long hug!! I went through to the kitchen and had my second hug of the day with Vicki. As I turned around, there was my son-in-law Leigh, so I had a wonderful big hug from him, too. What a fantastic way to start the week!!
On Monday I decided to start playing with the Pansy Patch Bundle and made a total of thirty three die-cuts. I had decided to use the colours that are listed on the pack of Pansy Petals Designer Series Paper (DSP) just in case I wanted to use any of the die-cuts with the DSP. As I was die-cutting the two layered leaves I decided to make them in the six different permutations that are possible with the three colours, i.e. Soft Sea Foam, Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen. Then I decided to adhere them all on an A4 sheet of Thick Basic White Cardstock (CS) so I would be able to see at a glance which combination I thought would work best on any project I was working on, especially if I was using DSP. To accompany these I also made three of the pansy bud flowers each with a different green stem. This was all I had time to do on Monday!
Yesterday, still feeling on a high from all the cuddles I had on Monday, I returned to the Pansy Dies. I was somewhat surprised at how big a completed pansy is, i.e. approximately 2″ x 2″ (5cm x 5cm). The first pansy I made was Fresh Freesia CS (top), Bumblebee CS (bottom) and Blackberry Bliss CS edging. This one is the one I will adhere on to my Basic White CS sheet I’d started on Monday. To create the second pansy I changed the Bumblebee CS to Basic White CS and for my third pansy – the one you see on today’s card – I changed the edging to Highland Heather CS. This isn’t one of the colours that are included in the DSP but it does fit in well. All in all, yesterday I made 109 die-cuts!! I’ve made several other pansies, pansy buds and leaves which I’ll be using for future projects!
Other cardstock I’ve used is Bumblebee CS for the centres of the pansies and Gorgeous Grape CS for the centre which surrounds the pollen centres of the pansies. The leaves are Evening Evergreen CS with Soft Sea Foam CS and the bud stems are Evening Evergreen CS. The pansy buds are Fresh Freesia CS and Basic White CS. I’m sure you’ll be able to work out which pieces you need to go where just by looking at the pansies on my card. Please let me know if you’d like detailed explanation and I’ll be happy to sort that out for you. The one area that I struggled with initially was adhering the edges onto the petals!
Eventually I found the best way to do it is to put Tombow on the back of the edging – blot it on some scrap paper if the glue is too thick – and start adhering from the middle of the die-cut. If you look at the edging around the lower part of the pansies, i.e. the white part, it is one piece that starts on the left-hand side of the Gorgeous Grape CS centre and goes all the way round to the right-hand side of the Gorgeous Grape CS centre. If you adhere the edging on the piece opposite the pansy centre first, it’s much easier to move the two sides to their correct positions.
The two Fresh Freesia CS petals are two separate petals which need the edging adhered first before adhering the two petals together. Another tip I can give deals with the Bumblebee CS centres which are die-cut with the die which produces three circles. I adhere these pieces using a small piece of a Dimensional. When I tried cutting a Mini Dimensional in half it was too big so I resorted to cutting small pieces from the outside edge of the Dimensional sheet. When you do this you will see why I use Dimensionals. That is, they need to stick to the Fresh Freesia CS but the gap in the Gorgeous Grape CS centre isn’t big enough to get the whole Bumblebee circle down far enough. The Dimensional works beautifully. An alternative to this method is to put a dab of Tombow on the base of the circle and slide it into place under the Gorgeous Grape CS centre. using The HAPPY BIRTHDAY sentiment I used is from the Timeless Tulips Stamp Set.
Please let me know if you have any questions about today’s card. That’s it from me today. I look forward to being back with Sunday’s video 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”