Last week was a very busy week for me and apart from my video – Colourwash on Vellum – I didn’t do any cardmaking. I decided to sit and relax and make a card on Sunday. I chose to use the main image from the Quiet Meadow Stamp Set and stamped it with my Stamparatus on a quarter sheet of A4 cardstock using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. I coloured the image using the new Pale Papaya Light and Dark Stampin’ Blends as well as the Light Mossy Meadow for the leaves, Dark Daffodil Delight for the centre of four of the flowers, and Light Pool Party for around all the edges.
After checking which dies I could use to cut the image out with, I settled on the tallest slim die from the Ornate Layers Dies. The die was too long so I did partial die-cutting to get the length I needed. The finished height of the image was almost 4 1/8″ tall and 2 3/8″ wide. Next, I took a strip of Pale Papaya Cardstock (CS) and used one long side of the die to cut a strip I could use to decorate the little LOVE tag. I decided to start building my card before I went any further!
I started with a Pale Papaya CS card base and adhered a middle layer of Basic White CS which measure 3 1/4″ x 5 1/2″. The top layer is from the 2021 – 2023 InColour 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper (DSP) Pack and it measures 3 1/8″ x 5 3/8″. I used the larger zig zag Border Die from the Basic Border Dies to cut the right-hand side edge. I decided I wanted to use the dotted side of the die for all three pieces of cardstock which I’d cut. The other option with this border die is stitches. I opened my card and laid it flat on my first cutting plate with the right-hand edge going through my Cut & Emboss Machine first. I positioned the die so that each end would look the same i.e. the design would look the same both ends.
For the Basic White CS layer inside the card I cut a piece of Basic White CS which measured exactly half the size of a normal card, i.e., 4 1/8″ x 5 3/4″. I lined the border die up on the edge making the uppermost part of the zig zag was just about touching the outside edge of the Basic White CS layer. Next I took a 1/2″ x 6″ strip of Basic White CS and cut exactly the same pattern so I could adhere it underneath to follow the line of the Pale Papaya CS edging. By cutting the strip 6″ long when I only needed 5 3/4″ allowed me some wiggle-room to make sure the pattern lined up perfectly. All I needed to do then was to cut off the overhanging bits.
To put this part of the card together, I adhered the inside layer in place first by lining up the top of the zig zag just a tad away from the outside edge. Next, I adhered the Basic White zig zag strip by putting some glue on the right side along the straight lower edge. Then I laid it on the inside layer and made the zig zags line up perfectly. Next, I closed the card so the white zig zag layer lined up perfectly with the Pale Papaya CS zig zag edge of the front of the card!
I went back to finishing off the front of the card by adhering the image in the centre popped up on Dimensionals. Using some Pale Papaya Open Weave Ribbon, I tied a bow and adhered it over the stems. I stamped the sentiment LOVE on a scrap of Basic White CS using Pale Papaya Ink and die-cut it using the small tag die. To add a partial layer to the tag, I used the strip of Pale Papaya CS I’d die-cut using the edge of the die from the Ornate Layers Dies. After cutting two small pieces and adhering them to the side, I cut a third piece to go along the bottom but it looked overpowering on the tag and decided enough was enough!
I found some long-since retired Stampin’ Up! orange and white Baker’s Twine and used it to tie the sentiment to the bow. Next, I adhered the sentiment tag to the card using a Dimensional. My finishing touch for the front of the card was adding some frosted Elegant Faceted Gems – one in each of the zig zag points – down the right-hand side. To decorate the inside of the card, I die-cut one of the stand-alone flower dies in the set and adhered it inside the card on the left-hand side. I cut quite a bit of the stem off to make it just a bit shorter than half the height of the card.
When the card is closed, the layer inside the card can’t be seen so it’s a nice surprise when the recipient opens it. I was very pleased with my finished card and found the time I spent on creating it very relaxing. I hope you like it too! Before I go, a quick reminder of Stampin’ Up! May 2021 Promotions which went live yesterday. The first excitement of the day yesterday was the new 2021 – 2022 Annual Catalogue went live! If you would like to receive a copy of the catalogue and don’t already have a demonstrator you work with, please email me ay firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll be happy to post one to you. (Note: SU rules only allow me to send catalogues to crafters who reside in the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, France and Austria. I’m sorry!).
The first promotion is the Host Promotion where you can earn an extra £20/€27 Stampin’ Rewards if you place an order collected at a workshop or event, or place a personal order that is more than £200/€270. The second Promotion is Join+. If you decide to join the Stampin’ Up! family, instead of choosing £130/€175 worth of free products for you £99/€129 Starter Kit, until 31st May 2021 you can choose £154/€207! What a great time to join? Just as a new catalogue goes live! If you would like to have any more information about these promotions, please email me at email@example.com.
That’s it from me today. I’ll be back on Sunday with this week’s video. I the meantime, take care and stay safe. Happy crafting.
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NOTE: I haven’t given sizes for NA middle and top layers for the front of the cards because it depends on the size of border edging, and the finished size of your image.
Cardstock Layer Sizes: A4
Card base 8¼” x 5¾” scored and folded at 4 1/8”
Inside middle layer 4 1/8″ x 5¾”
Cardstock Layer Sizes: Letter-size
Card base 8½” x 5½” scored and folded at 4¼”
Inside middle layer 4¼” x 5½”