It’s not often I say this but I don’t like today’s card! I know some of you will be nodding your head in agreement with me and that’s fine. My favourite style of card is clean and simple and that is what I had planned – sort of – for today’s card. Unfortunately, rather like Topsy in Uncle Tom’s Cabin, it just grew! By the time I realised my card design was going in the wrong direction, I’d adhered too many parts down so I had to keep going or give up. Let me explain how I found myself in this pickle!
My plan was to fussy cut some daffodils from the Daffodil Afternoon Designer Series Paper (DSP). This DSP is available until 28th February 2022 as a Sale-a-bration (SAB) gift! It’s a fabulous pack with some really gorgeous daffodil designs as well as matching generic patterns. In fact, there’s only one design in the pack that I really don’t like but I will be able to use the squared pattern on the reverse side! I had spent most of my day yesterday creating with this pack of DSP! It’s really lovely!
Have you seen the Slim Dies and Slim Envelopes in the new Spring/Summer 2022 Mini Catalogue? This was my starting point for today’s card. I decided to make a slim line Very Vanilla card using a spotty Pale Papaya design from the DSP for my middle layers and the chevron Slim Die for my top layer in Very Vanilla Cardstock (CS) – for the front of my card. For the top layer inside my card I used a top layer of Very Vanilla CS. So far so good!
Next I spent some time fussy cutting some daffodils and other flowers from two different designs in the DSP. I laid the three largest daffodils in a line down the left-hand side of the card. That didn’t rock my boat, so I arranged the cluster of three in a hundred and one different positions at the top of my card – yes, that’s a bit of an exaggeration but you know what I mean! – and finally found an arrangement that I liked.
Next I moved onto the sentiment. I used A HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU which is from the Handsomely Suited Stamp Set. I stamped the sentiment onto a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and I die-cut it using the number 2 regular oblong die from the Stitched Rectangle dies. I laid the sentiment in position and also laid two other flowers I’d fussy cut from a sheet of the DSP in diagonally opposite corners. I was pleased how my card was looking so I adhered everything in place! As I sat back and looked at my card doubt crept in! The three daffodils looked as if they were just hanging there. They needed stems and leaves! Had I known at this stage things were going to start going wrong, I could have removed everything because it was all on Dimensionals!
Using dies from the Daffodil Dies, I die-cut three stems and three leaves in Pear Pizzazz CS. After I had arranged and trimmed them, I adhered them down with Tombow – this was the point of no return. Now, with the benefit of hindsight, I should have adhered the daffodils, leaves and stems in the lower half of the card; probably so they were all standing along the bottom. This would have looked a lot better than how they do know…………..just floating! Had I been able to put the sentiment and the two small flowers in the top half my card would have looked balanced. I think I may have an answer to sort out how my card looks! If I get time, I’ll check it out today.
My plan is to see what it would look like if I put a band of Very Vanilla CS across the card so the daffodils are sitting on it! Maybe if I used a strip and embossed it with the Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing Folder. The thing is, I’m not happy with the card as it is, so I can’t make it any worse. If I’m successful in turning this card around, I will comeback and share it with you. On the other hand, if there isn’t any improvement, this card won’t be seeing the light of day again! LOL! If you have any suggestions as to what you think might rescue my card, please let me know! 😀
That’s it from me today. I look forward to being back with you soon. In the meantime, please take care and stay safe. Happy crafting.