Yesterday I spent some time playing with one particular design in the Abigail Rose Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack together with one of the dies in the Cottage Dies which is part of the same suite! I have used four different ideas to make two cards to show you how very versatile these two products are together and on their own. My initial plan was to make a card using the die and a piece of the DSP. After I had cut my cardstock and DSP for this card, I decided to use a another piece of the DSP to see what it was like colouring it using Stampin’ Blends. It’s a little bit of an understatement to say I enjoy this kind of colouring and allowed myself to get somewhat carried away with it! This was when I decided I’d make two cards, this being my first idea to share.
I made both my cards 7″ x 5″ but they could easily be cut down to our regular size, i.e. C6 or A2. The colours I used were Light and Dark Highland Heather, Light and Dark Fresh Freesia, Dark Daffodil Delight and Light Granny Apple Green. I went around all the edges with my Light Pool Party Stampin’ Blend. After I had trimmed my painted DSP to 5⅞” x 3⅞”, I adhered it to a layer of Pool Party that measures 6″ x 4″. The ribbon I used was the last piece of a retired Pool Party Satin Ribbon. I cut a small piece and adhered it around the top left-hand corner and adhered it in place at the back using Tear & Tape. I did the same to the two ends of the remaining ribbon on the bottom right hand corner, cut it in half and tied a bow, which I anchored in position using a Glue Dot.
I found the stamped HAPPY BIRTHDAY sentiment in my Vary Vanilla CS scraps – sorry but I can’t remember which stamp set it was from and has probably retired by now! I die-cut it using the individual die in the Stitched Rectangle Dies, adhered it to a layer of Pool Party CS and popped it up on Dimensionals by the bow. I added three of the gorgeous Brushed Brass Butterflies to the sentiment.
My second idea to share is what I did to decorate inside the card. I took a piece of Very Vanilla CS and die-cut the large detailed die from the Cottage Flowers Dies – it’s the large die on the left-hand side in the photograph. My two layers inside my card are the same sizes as the two layers on the front of the card. Before I adhered them together, I positioned the negative layer over the bottom right hand corner of the top Very Vanilla CS layer. After I had anchored the negative layer securely using small Post It Notes, I used one of my super soft Blending Brushes together with Pool Party Ink and went over the layer very gently. I wanted the design to show through but I still wanted it to stay light enough for another sentiment or for the sender to write their greeting.
The third idea I wanted to share (which was my first original idea!) was to use the detailed die to die-cut a front layer of Pool Party CS. The size is the normal C6 top layer size, i.e. 3¾” x 5⅜”. If you decided to follow my instructions for this card but kept to the smaller size, you wouldn’t have such a wide border around the image that I have on my 7″ x 5″ card but the idea will still work and still look good. Once I had die-cut the Pool Party CS, I put the die-cuts on one side. Next I lay my die-cut layer over my piece of DSP to line up the images through the negative holes. This identified which images I needed to colour and I painted them using the same colours I’d used for my first card although I didn’t go round the edges with the Light Pool Party Stampin’ Blend.
Life would have been easier if I had lined the die up with the DSP at the beginning and cut it accordingly! Why do things the easy way if you can get yourself in a pickle finding an alternative route? LOL! With quite a lot of messing about, I eventually managed to adhere my top Pool Party CS layer in the correct position onto my painted piece of DSP. The DSP and the CS were at very odd angles with each other so I was extremely careful how I cut off the excess DSP! Once I’d done it, I started breathing again and adhered it to a piece of Very Vanilla CS which is the same size as a regular middle layer.
I used one long piece of Pool Party Sheer Ribbon to decorate my top layers but you could just as easily copy the way I did the first card. For this card I cut a long piece of ribbon – I forgot to measure how much I used! – and folded the middle around the top-right hand corner and adhered both pieces in position on the back using Tear & Tape. Next I adhered the other ends of the ribbon at the back of the bottom left-hand corner and tied a bow at the front of the card, After removing the backing from the Tear & Tape, I applied Tombow on the back of the cardstock and over the exposed sticky tape. I adhered the layer in place but left a gap at the bottom for the sentiment. You won’t have this option if you make the regular sized card but the sentiment I used will sit discreetly on the top layer.
The HAPPY BIRTHDAY sentiment is from the Cottage Rose Stamp Set, which matches the Cottage Flower Dies. I stamped it in Pool Party Ink and die-cut it using the no 1 slim die from the Stitched Rectangle dies. After adding some Dimensionals, I adhered the sentiment in the space below the image layers. My fourth idea to share with you is how I decorated inside this card. Another piece of advice! Decorate the top layer before you adhere it to the middle layer and before you adhere it inside the card! You will find life a lot easier than I did!! LOL!
I took the Very Vanilla CS negative layer from earlier on and rested it over the bottom right-hand corner and sorted out the die-cut pieces I needed to fill in the gaps. Trim off the overhangs, adhere the top layer to the middle layer and then adhere inside your card! I don’t normally write such a long blog but then I don’t normally give you four ideas about two cards! I hope this hasn’t been too long for you!
That’s it from me today and I hope I’ve inspired you with some ideas for using this superb Suite. I look forward to being back soon. Take care, stay safe and happy crafting!.
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