I think this is the first time I have prepared a blog post earlier than the day before it’s published! All being well, hubby and I will be away for a short break when I would normally post my mid-week blog and, just for once, I’m unusually well organised! Depending on how our trip goes, you may have received a non-craft blog from me yesterday but in the absence of a crystal ball, all I can say, is I am planning on one! 😀
I made today’s card a little while ago when I had some spare time and I was crafting because I could. Part of my motivation was that I wanted to make a card using the Marbleous Designer Series Paper (DSP) which was available as a Sale-a-bration gift during January and February. It would have been fabulous if this had been in the Annual catalogue so we had a whole year to play with it! However, this card design will work very well with the designs in the Subtles 6″x 6″ DSP Pack.
I wanted to create a pot of tulips but the tulip heads and the stems are too wide and they on are on two levels. After practising on some scrap paper, I decided a much easier option was to cut the stamps! When I cut them, I cut in “straight” lines meaning I don’t trim any bits off. My school of thought is that if I keep the cut clean (even if it isn’t straight), it will be easy to put the two pieces together on a block and stamp them as intended by the designer. And hopefully, they will still fit into the matching dies which are in the Rain Boots Dies. I haven’t tried this yet! (At this point, I must remind you that if you cut your stamps like this, you will make your guarantee with Stampin’ Up! null and void because you have “deliberately” damaged your stamps! I have never found this to be an issue I’ve never had a “healthy” Stampin’ Up! stamp go bad on me, although I have had a stamp which arrived faulty and was exchanged very promptly and without and problems.)
The next issue I had was fitting the stems into the flower pot. Although there is a die for the flower pot, I chose to fussy cut it – such an easy shape! – because I didn’t want the white edge that die-cutting produces. I took a scrap of Basic White Cardstock (CS) and stamped the stems using Granny Apple Green Ink and then stamped the tulips heads using Highland Heather Ink. It was when I placed the pot on the stems that I realised it wasn’t going to work. I also knew it wouldn’t work by cutting the back half rim off either! All I needed to do was to place the flower pot in the position I wanted to go and mark either side the outside edges of the stems. Then it was a simple question of two small straight cuts from the back rim down to the front rim, and then a cut around the front rim to join the two straight cuts and voila!
I chose to make a 7″ x 5″ card but if you want to make a regular C6/A2 card, please use the measurements given under my signature below. The two Basic White CS layers measure 6¼” x 4¼”. I used the two pieces of stamps I had cut off from the tulip heads and the stems to decorate the bottom right-hand corner of Basic White CS layer for the inside of my card. The measurement for the DSP layer on the front of the card is 6” x 4”.
I chose the sentiment NO ONE DESERVES A HAPPIER BIRTHDAY THAN YOU sentiment from the Flowering Tulips Stamp Set – this is such a great sentiment! I stamped it on a piece of Basic White CS using Highland Heather Ink. To die-cut the sentiment I used the no 2 slim die from the Stitched Rectangle Dies. For the image I used the no 4 die from the Hippo & Friends Dies.
I popped both the sentiment and the image up on Dimensionals and decorated the image with two Brushed Brass Butterflies. The five pebbles around the flower pot are from a pack of Pebbles Enamel Shapes. My finishing touch was painting all the tulips, stems and the flower pot using my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen. I’m very pleased how this card turned out and I hope you like it, too!
That’s it from me today. I look forward to being back soon and in the meantime, please take care and stay safe. Happy crafting.
Basic Card Measurements: A4 (Metric) US
Card base 8¼” x 5¾” (21cm x 14.6cm) US 8½” x 5½”
Scored and folded at 4⅛” (10.5cm) US 4¼”
Middle layer: 2 pieces 3⅞” x 5½” (9.9cm x 14cm) US 4” x 5¼”
Top layer: 2 pieces 3¾” x 5⅜” (9.6cm x 13.7cm) US 3⅞” x 5⅛”
7” x 5” Card Measurements
Card base 10” x 7” (25.4cm x 17.8cm)
Scored and folded at 5” (12.7cm)
Middle layer: 2 pieces 6¼” x 4¼” (15.8cm x 10.8cm)
Top layer: 2 pieces 6” x 4” (15.2cm x 10.2cm)
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