Today’s video was requested by subscriber Janis who sent me a photograph of a card made by Amanda Bates aka the Craft Spa. I couldn’t find a video by Amanda but I did find two others. My first attempt was to make a 5¾” x 5¾” card which, although possible without layering dies, it would have required cutting three apertures using the trimmer – not one of my favourite tasks! Although the Stampin’ Up! Layering Square Dies have recently retired, they wouldn’t have been big enough for the size card I had planned to make.
I changed tack and went for a regular sized card which worked out so much easier because I was able to use the Stitched Rectangle dies. It proved to be a challenge working out how to do my regular middle and top layers around the aperture but I persevered and succeeded. When I’m planning a video, it isn’t enough for me that I can learn how to do it; it’s far more important that I can find a way I can teach crafters so they have success every time!
One part of my video demonstration didn’t work out as it should have done! That is, the Calypso Coral Cardstock (CS) cut-out from the aperture should have been used for the layer behind the stamped peaches image. While preparing for the video I found that if I cut off the four stitched lines around the cut-out, I could cut it to the correct size to be a layer for the image layer. When I tried this during the video it didn’t work out, i.e. it was too small.
I took another piece of Calypso Coral CS and cut a piece to the size I needed. After I had finished recording, I took another die-cut rectangle using the number 5 die, cut off the stitched lines and it still didn’t work! After checking the size of the required layer and the size of the die-cut I could see why it didn’t work! This is going to remain a mystery!
After a lot of experimenting, I finally made my first complete card which was a masculine card using the Wild Cats suite. Instead of stamping the images using the Wild Cats Stamp Set, I used an image I had die-cut previously from a design in the In The Wild Designer Series Paper (DSP). As much as I still love the Sailing Home Stamp Set, it’s great to have another great option for masculine cards!
For the masculine card I decided to dry emboss the top Basic White CS layer using the Animal Print Embossing Folder. After popping the tiger up on Dimensionals, I was going to add some die-cut grasses and plants around him to make him look as if he was sitting in the jungle. I decided against this idea and just added the HAPPY BIRTHDAY sentiment which I also popped up on Dimensionals.
On the Sweet as a Peach card I used the same DSP on the front of the card and inside on the back panel and on the tiger card I used two different designs. I think the idea worked well for both cards. Inside the tiger card I added a die-cut plant on the plain white panel as a small decoration but I always find it difficult finding something to decorate in the peach cards with!
I thoroughly enjoyed working out the sizes for today’s card and love the finished project. The card stands well and fits into a regular sized envelope. While I think this style will suit most occasions, I think it will be an excellent Christmas card! Don’t forget that Stampin’ Up! are offering nine different packs of DSP with a 15% discount until 2nd August 2021. Both designs I’ve used for these cards are on offer! Please check out the sale here: Designer Series Paper Sale.
That’s it from me today. I hope you have a very blessed Sunday and I look forward to seeing you next time. Take care and stay safe. Happy crafting.
NOTE: NA is North America i.e. letter-size cardstock users
Stitched Rectangles Die no 5 is approx 2 5/8” x a tad short of 4” (6.6cm x 10.1cm)
Stitched Rectangles Die no 6 is approx 3” x a tad short of 4 3/8” (7.6cm x 11.1cm)
Calypso Coral Cardstock – 2 pieces 8¼” x 5¾” (21cm x 14.6cm) NA 8½” x 5½”
Score one piece at 4 1/8” (10.5cm) NA 4¼” and the second piece at 2 1/16”, 4 1/8” (5.25cm, 10.5cm) NA 2 1/8”, 4¼”; turn cardstock 180°, score at 2 1/16” (5.25cm) NA 2 1/8”
Basic White Cardstock – 2 pieces 1 7/8” x 5½” (4.8cm x 14cm) NA 1 7/8” x 5¼”
You’re a Peach Designer Series Paper – 1¾” x 5 3/8” (4.5cm x 13.7cm) NA 1¾” x 5 1/8”
Basic White Cardstock – front frame 3 7/8” x 5½” (9.9cm x 14cm) NA 4” x 5¼”
You’re a Peach Designer Series Paper – 3¾” x 5 3/8” (9.6cm x 13.7cm) NA 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”
Calypso Coral Cardstock – layer for swing image 2½” x 3 7/8” (6.3cm x 9.9cm) NA 2½” x 3 7/8”
Basic White Cardstock – swing top layer – 2 3/8” x 3¾” (6cm x 9.6cm) NA 2 3/8” x 3¾”
Basic White Cardstock – scrap for sentiment
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