Five weeks ago, when I made the Making Daffodils & Tower Fancy Fold Card I promised to make a similar video where I included a section at the end of the video showing how to make tulips using the Tulips Dies which match the Flowering Tulips Stamp Set. In today’s video, after I finished showing how to make my Diamond Fold Card, I showed how to create beautiful two-step stamped tulips as well as how to build tulips die-cut from cardstock. My original plan for my card was to use the cardstock tulips on the front of my card with stamped tulips inside my card. My plan didn’t quite work out although I’m very pleased with today’s cards!
I think the design of this card may be a new design by me – although I don’t think there is really such a thing as a new design nowadays! The reason I think today’s card may be new is that I haven’t seen one of these before and considering how much I scour Pinterest and YouTube looking for new ideas, I’m a little surprised. I’m sure if this design is already in circulation, I’m sure someone will let me know! This design came about because I saw a beautiful card last week and made up me mind that I’d make it for today’s video. However, when I made the card it was very small and as I increased the size, I also altered the design. This is why I don’t think there’s such a thing as a new design; all creators are inspired by something and most of the time it’s another card!
Anyway, whether today’s card is new or not, I’m very pleased with the design. Although I haven’t included a photograph of it here, I do show my prototype card at the beginning of the video. It’s a masculine card which I was disappointed in but it was a great help in me finding out how to cut a diamond shape to fit any size. My video card is the Mango Melody (orange) card and I made a big boo-boo on the inside diamond during the video. It was too big for me to sort out during the video because I wasn’t sure how I was going to it. I promised I’d get it sorted out and photographed in time for this blog! As it turned out the solution was very easy! I cut another diamond using Thick Basic White Cardstock and adhering it on the existing damaged diamond. I completed it by decorating it in a similar fashion to the other two cards – see the photograph above.
The first card I made after the prototype was the Highland Heather card. I used the same pack of Flowering Field Designer series Paper (DSP) for all three cards. For the second design of DSP I used for each card, I used the design which is on the reverse of each of my the primary designs I used! To stamp the tulips I used first generation Highland Heather Ink and then stamped off once for the two-step layer. The stamens in the centre of all three cards have been stamped using Night of Navy Ink. For the leaves I chose Soft Succulent Ink but I feel it could have been a bit darker. I chose darker greens for the next two cards!
To decorate the front of the card a did a row of three gems on the left and right hand side of the diamond at the widest part. The gems I used are the Polished Dots which come in two colours Calypso Coral and Very Vanilla – and two sizes. Despite the colours having been named, they are still amazingly versatile i.e. I would never have guessed that’s what these two colours are! I painted six of the smaller Very Vanilla Dots using my Dark Highland Heather Stampin’ Blends. As you can see, they blended in beautifully with my colour scheme! To finish this card I added three Brushed Brass Butterflies – must remember to order my third packet………or is it my fourth??
I chose Petal Pink as my base colour for my before video card – it was a toss up with Poppy Parade! There were very few changes between this card and the Highland Heather card. The biggest difference was I used a lot fewer tulips on the front diamond. When I have the opportunity – time! – to make three copies of a card before videoing I like to make subtle changes to give you an idea what certain things would look like. For example, the three main designs of DSP I chose have small, medium or large flowers because I know some will like the small flowers, some will like the biggest flowers and some will like the medium sized flower. I like to think that by me using different sizes like this, helps you to decide what size flower suits this design of card most. Hopefully, it makes choosing your DSP that little bit easier!
The second big change I made on this card was to keep the number of tulips on the front diamond to a much smaller number. Again, some crafters will like the bigger selection of tulips, stems and leaves while others will say less is more. I also changed the design inside this card slightly. One thing I would do differently is that I would put a sentiment on the diamond inside the card. My reason is because the inside diamond will be visible when the card is standing on the shelf and a card from me would look a lot better with my hand written greeting on the back of the card out of sight! My hand writing is different everyday, although it still looks a mess every day! LOL! The gems I used on the front of this card are the Calypso Coral Polished Dots. As I only had two of the butterflies left by the time I made this card, I changed over to using the Bumblebee Trinkets!
I have three more photographs to share. The photograph above shows the two steps of stamping the three different tulips in the stamp set. As well as showing how each stamp looks when it’s stamped on its own, I also show what it looks like when one is stamped on top of each other. The two photographs below show the dies, the die-cuts and then which two die-cuts go together, and what the finished tulips look like if the individual pieces are sponged with ink or left “clean”.
I hope you find these helpful. These three are jpeg files so you should be able to take copies of them for your own reference.
I hope you enjoy today’s video. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. I hope you have a very blessed Sunday and I look forward to being back with you soon. In the meantime, please take care and stay safe. Happy crafting.
Mango Melody Cardstock – 5¾” x 11½” (14.6cm x 29.2cm) US 5½” x 11”
Score at 2¼”, 5¾” (5.7cm, 14.6cm) US 2¼”, 5½”
On short of short panel, make pencil mark at 2⅞” (7.3cm) 2¾”; cut from 2¼” (5.7cm) US 2¼” score line, top and bottom, to pencil mark to create half a diamond.
Basic White Cardstock – diamonds 2 pieces 4¼” x 5½” (10.8cm x 14cm) US 4¼” x 5¼”
NOTE US: please check these measurements by using scrap paper before cutting your Designer Series Paper).
Mark both pieces at 2⅛” (5.4cm) US 2⅛” on both 4¼” (10.8cm) US 4¼” sides
Mark both pieces at 2¾” (7cm) US 2⅝” on both 5½” (14cm) US 5¼” sides. See video for cutting instructions.
Basic White Cardstock – front and inside left-hand panels 2 pieces 3¼” x 5½” ( 8.2cm x 14cm) US 3” x 5¼”
Basic White Cardstock – inside back panel 5½” x 5½” (14cm x 14cm) US 5¼” x 5¼”
Flowering Fields Designer Series Paper – design 1: 2 pieces front and inside left-hand panels 3⅛” x 5⅜” (7.9cm x 13.7cm) US 2⅞” x 5⅛”
Flowering Fields Designer Series Paper – design 1 inside right-hand strip 2⅛” x 5⅜” (5.4cm x 13.7cm) US 2⅛” x 5⅛”
Flowering Fields Designer Series Paper – design 2 inside left-hand strip 3¼” x 5⅜” (8.2cm x 13.7cm) US 3⅛” x 5⅛”
Basic White Cardstock – scraps for tulips, stems, leaves, sentiments
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