Yesterday, I realised there were pansies and leaves on two of the designs of the Pansy Petals Designer Series Paper (DSP) that can be die-cut using the Pansy Dies. How on earth didn’t I know this sooner? Not only can the images be die-cut but ALL the pansies and ALL the leaves on these two designs can be die-cut. Normally, DSP that has images that can be die-cut it’s normally only two or three particular images from the whole sheet e.g. In the Wild DSP has just one standing cat (two whole images) and one sitting cat (three whole images), both facing to the left. This isn’t a problem for me because I’m quite happy fussy-cutting the remaining cats.
I’m excited about the two pansy designs because I know there are a lot of crafters who don’t like fussy-cutting and who will love that there isn’t any wastage on these two designs from the Pansy Petals DSP – it’s fantastic news! Before I started on today’s card I took time to die-cut all the pansies – there are two different sizes – from just under half a sheet of DSP and also the leaves from less than a quarter of a sheet of the leaves – two different designs and three different colours.
When I felt I had die-cut enough pansies and leaves to make a card I stopped die-cutting. I had kept everything in separate piles so I could easily see how many I had of each image. As you know, purples and lilacs are my favourite colours and I chose three and a half large pansies in Blackberry Bliss and Fresh Freesia. The half a pansy had been die-cut from the edge of the sheet and I knew I could use it to decorate the inside of my card. I chose to use a Fresh Freesia Cardstock (CS) card base, with middle layers of Basic White CS. For the top layer for the front of the card I chose the Fresh Freesia Gingham design from the DSP and inside the card I chose a top layer of Fresh Freesia CS.
I don’t like popping DSP die-cut images up on Dimensionals because the reverse design of the DSP is (sort of) visible and also regular DSP isn’t very thick. To remedy this, I die-cut three large pansies and six leaves using Basic White CS, and adhered the DSP images onto them. This sorted out both problems at the same time. When I had adhered the top and middle layers for the front of the card together I played with various arrangements with the three pansies, both vertically and horizontally before I finally decided on my design. After I had adhered two leaves to each pansy, I popped them up on Dimensionals in position.
I found some retired Blackberry Bliss ribbon and tied a piece around the lower part of the two layers. After tying the bow, I moved the ribbon in the position I thought it would look right. I chose the HAPPY BIRTHDAY sentiment from the Pansy Patch Stamp Set and stamped it on a scrap of Basic White CS using Blackberry Bliss Ink. Although the die I used to cut the sentiment out with was bigger than I needed, I felt it was a good size to keep the balance of the design. The die was the stand alone die in the Stitched Rectangle Dies and I popped it up with Dimensionals so it sits astride the ribbon with the bow on the left-hand side.
To finish the front of the cards I added a Bumblebee Trinket to the sentiment and one above the bow. I found some Bumblebee round gems that were brought out last year with the 2020 – 2022 InColours. To decorate the inside of the card, I adhered the half pansy in the bottom right-hand corner together with an Evening Evergreen die-cut leaf.
Before I go I have a little story! As I was working on my card yesterday evening hubby came in to see me and he started laughing when he saw my “messy desk”! I looked at my desk and I didn’t think it was that bad! Anyway, hubby left my studio laughing his socks off, and unknown to me came back with his phone and took a photograph of me and my desk – see below! LOL!! 🤣🤣🤣 Tell me what you think of my desk! 😉
That’s it from me today. I look forward to seeing you next time and in the meantime take care and stay safe. Happy crafting.
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”