When we went to bed Friday evening, our car, which was parked in front of our house, was so heavily frosted up that it looked as it was covered with snow. It clearly wasn’t snow but we knew that it was – supposedly – on its way! When I woke up on Saturday morning, it was raining – what a change in temperature in such a short space of time! My next big surprise was to find we had no heating and no hot water! GRRR!! Hubby to the rescue! He went down to the boiler – it’s less than six months old – and within no time everything was back up and running! My hero! 💖 Were these two events connected? Probably not; just something to chat about! 😀
My card today was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest. It was created by Jamie Rodgers Crafts and in my video I said he had created one that was 8¼” x 8¼”. Unfortunately, this was a mistake. This measurement referred to a different card Jamie had created and the card I CASE’d had a card base of 7″ x7″ – this is the video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_1zf6Y040s&t=833s
I used the same Seascape Bundle for today’s video that I used for last Sunday’s video. If you like both these projects and don’t have the bundle, you can order it – £43/56.50€ – and if you add a a bottle of Tombow, you’ll be able to choose a pack of the Marbleous Designer Series Paper (DSP) that I used for today’s card, as your Sale-a-bration gift – this offer is valid until 28th February 2022! Something worth thinking about? Today’s card is quite heavy because of the number of layers it has. I’ve checked the weight with an envelope and it totals 58gm.
I made the Pool Party card first and decided to up the decoration a bit for my video card. The main difference you’ll notice is that I stamped small groups of three fish – using Cinnamon Cider Ink – over the DSP I used to decorate the columns. Another addition is the second piece of seaweed on the acetate panel. I stamped this in Garden Green Ink on Garden Green Cardstock (CS) and then fussy cut it. In the video I show the areas where I cut through the seaweed to remove the unstamped areas of cardstock. When I adhered the seaweed to the acetate is was very easy to position the cuts together so the cuts are hardly noticeable.
Although using acetate can add a lot to cards there are special considerations to be taken into account. First, is that when you are adhering or stamping onto acetate, glue and paint both slide on the surface very easily. Therefore, a gentle but firm touch is needed! The other consideration is, when using any type of glue or sticky tape, it will be visible from the reverse side. For today’s card this isn’t an issue because the reverse of the acetate isn’t readily visible! I also made a change to the sentiment on my video card. When I looked at the first card, I felt the sentiment looked a bit “squeezed” on the die-cut circle. I’d used the no. 2 straight cut die from the Layering Circles Dies, but I thought the next size die would be too big for its position and there would have been too much empty space around the sentiment.
My solution was to use the no.2 scalloped circle die which I think has worked a lot better. It gave a little extra space for the sentiment and it looks so much better! I am thinking about stamping the sentiment again for the Pool Party card and die-cutting with the scalloped die. My only concern is that I might mess it up! You know the saying, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! Or maybe, just leave well away! We’ll see.
At least, having left it alone this long, you have a chance to judge for yourself and decide which you prefer! I hope you enjoy today’s project. It’s a great card, easy to make but very labour intensive if you use cardstock layers for dimension. Personally, I do prefer the look of layers but I think if I spent too much time doing it, I’d get fed up followed by very bored!
Please don’t forget that I am running a Paper Share, a Ribbon Share and a Gems Share from the NEW Spring/Summer 2022 Mini Catalogue which will be closing soon. If you live in the UK, the Netherlands, France, Germany and Austria and would like to take part, please email me at email@example.com. I’ll be very happy to send you all the details.
That’s it for today. I hope you have a very blessed Sunday. Until next time, please take care and stay safe. Happy crafting.
NOTE: Inches are for A4 and Letter-sized cardstock users. If you have it, it is best to use 12” x 12” Balmy Blue cardstock
Balmy Blue Cardstock – card base 6” x 6” (15cm x 15cm)
Balmy Blue Cardstock – tall columns 2 pieces 6” x 5” (15cm x 12.5cm)
Score on portrait side at 1”, 2”, 3”, 4” (2.5cm, 5cm, 7.5cm, 10cm)
Balmy Blue Cardstock – short columns 2 pieces 3” x 5” (7.5cm x 12.5 cm)
Score on landscape side at 1”, 2”, 3”, 4 (2.5cm, 5cm, 7.5cm, 10cm)
Basic White Cardstock – back of card 5⅞” x 5⅞” (14.7cm x 14.7cm)
Basic White Cardstock – inside front of card 3⅞” x 5⅞” (9.7cm x 14.7cm)
Basic White Cardstock – middle layer for tall columns 6 pieces ⅞” x 5⅞” (2.2cm x 14.7cm)
Basic White Cardstock – middle layer for short columns 6 pieces ⅞” x 2⅞” (2.2cm x 7.2cm)
Marbleous Designer Series Paper – back of card 5¾” x 5¾”
Marbleous Designer Series Paper – inside front of card 3¾” x 5¾” (9.4cm x 14.4cm)
Marbleous Designer Series Paper – top layer for tall columns 6 pieces ¾” x 5¾” (1.9cm x 14.4cm)
Marbleous Designer Series Paper – top layer for short columns 6 pieces ¾” x 2¾” (1.9cm x 6.9cm)
Window Sheet (Acetate) – 2⅞” x 5⅞” (7.2cm x 14.7cm)
Garden Green Cardstock – scraps for seaweed
Cinnamon Cider Cardstock – scraps for seahorses, fishes and plenty of layers
Balmy Blue Cardstock – scrap for sentiment and layers
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