This sure is a super time of the year here in the Northern Hemisphere, i.e. the sun is shining, the flowers and vegetable garden are all in full bloom and the bees are busy helping themselves to the pollen we work hard to provide for them. Every day we spend some time in the garden admiring nature. In the pond this year we have about five small newts which are happily co-habiting with the gold fish and the red dragonflies are back this year!
Today’s card was sort of inspired by the time I spent in the garden today. My first idea was to use the Paper Lattice together with some flowers I’d die-cut using the Meadow Dies with the Shimmer Vellum (SV). The reality of what I saw in my mind wasn’t anything like I’d hoped it would be so I gently pulled off all my Shimmer Vellum die-cuts and went back to the drawing board! Next I decided to use a piece of Soft Succulent Cardstock (CS) embossed with the Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing Folder! Now it was starting to come together!
Originally, I’d die-cut two different kinds of greenery but for my second card I decided to use just the tall slim leafy branch which was in Evening Evergreen SV. I added a small spot of Tombow Glue on the back of each leaf and adhered the branch in position. As I was adding all five stems, I varied their height and I was pleased to see that the glue didn’t show through the vellum! Next I adhered two of the Fresh Freesia SV flowers, again at different heights, but the glue spots did show through the vellum, probably because I was using a much lighter colour, Fresh Freesia!
Fortunately I’d die-cut four of the Fresh Freesia floral sprays which allowed me to cut off the individual flowers from the two remaining die-cuts. Using Tombow, I adhered identical flowers on top of each other. I put the little spot of Tombow in the centre of the flowers where I was planning to cover it with a Basic Pearl. Before adhering the pearls in place I put a dot of glue in position first, then added the Basic Pearl. The HAPPY BIRTHDAY sentiment is from the Art Gallery Stamp Set and I stamped it on a scrap of Basic White CS. After die-cutting it with the no. 1 slim Stitched Rectangles dies, I added a regular sized Dimensional at each end and a third one on the card front next to where the stems of the branches and flowers all go over the top of each other.
Inside the card I added a middle Basic White CS layer and a top layer of Soft Succulent CS. To decorate the top layer, I took one of the Soft Succulent SV die-cut branches that I hadn’t used for the front of the card and cut it down to what I feel is a good size decoration for that corner. It’s tone on tone but very shimmery so it’s easily seen! To finish the front of the card, I adhered two gorgeous Bumblebee Trinkets.
Before I go, a quick update on my Tutorial PDF Store which is on my website. It went live last weekend, and I did experience some initial teething problems- me and IT is not a good partnership! With the help of Catherine, my IT guru, I was able to sort it out! I’m very pleased to say it is working brilliantly now. If you haven’t checked it out yet, please do and have a quick peep at Tutorial PDF Store. It won’t take long, there are only three PDF’s available at present but I am planning to add them regularly!
That’s it for today. I look forward to seeing you next time. 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”