I realized I haven’t posted anything for nearly a week. I have mostly been in design mode, trying out different ideas and I now have a finished project to share that I hope you like.
- Stamp sets: Tranquil Thoughts, Vine Design and Many Messages (for sentiment)
- Dies: Stitched Nested Labels dies and Stitched Rectangle dies
- Inkpads: Garden Green, Pacific Point, Memento Tuxedo Black
- Cardstock: So Saffron, Purple Posy and Basic White Thick cardstock
- Ribbon: Purple Posy Scalloped linen ribbon
- Embossing: Versamark inkpad, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool
- Adhesive: Multipurpose Liquid Glue and Stampin Seal+
- Wink of Stella
Here is a photo of the stamp sets and ink pads I used:
- Cut So Saffron card base 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, score at 4 1/4″
- Cut about 16 or so strips of Purple Posy cardstock 4″ x 1/4″
- Adhere strips in a criss-cross pattern at an angle
- Lay them first all going in one direction, then lay them all going in the other direction
- The strips will hang over the edges, so turn the card over and trim off the excess
After you trim off the excess, your paper snips might be sticky with adhesive. If so, here’s a tip that I use to remove glue from my paper snips (and my hands). GOO GONE! I put a little on a paper towel and wipe off my scissors and even my hands. It has a pleasant orange-citrus scent. It’s oily, though, so make sure to either wash your hands after using it or wipe them really well with a clean paper towel before touching your card stock or you will leave an oily fingerprint (ask me how I know). This stuff is also good for removing adhesive from your craft table without damaging it.
- Next, cut a piece of Purple Posy cardstock 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ (the same size as your card base)
- From the Stitched Rectangle dies, take the 2nd largest one and cut a frame using your Stampin Cut & Emboss machine. Adhere the frame on top of the lattice.
- In the next step, you will stamp and emboss the green leaf branch from the Vine Design stamp set onto a piece of Purple Posy cardstock.
- You won’t need green embossing powder to do this step though. I am going to show you how to emboss any color from just your stamp pads.
- Place the leaf stamp on an acrylic block
- Cover the image with Versamark ink
- Next, ink it up with a Garden Green stamp pad
- (note: always use Versamark first and the colored inkpad second)
- Sprinkle with clear embossing powder, tap off the excess and use your heat tool to set
- This trick can be used with any color ink you have. No need to buy different color embossing powders. All you need is Versamark, a colored inkpad and clear embossing powder (and a heat tool, of course)
- From the largest set of Stitched Nested Labels dies, select the 2nd largest one and die cut the left image using your Stampin’ Cut & Emboss machine. Below is a photo of the dies.
- Once the label has been die cut, put dimensionals on the back and adhere it to the center of the card over the lattice.
- Stamp the flowers from the Tranquil Thoughts stamp set twice onto a scrap of Basic White cardstock using Pacific Point ink. (See which flowers to stamp in the photo below)
- Fussy cut them out individually, so that you have a total of 6 separate pieces. Some will only be partial flowers, but that’s okay because they will be tucked under the larger flowers.
- Put a large dimensional on each of the two largest flowers.
- Adhere one on top of the green branch to the right. Apply adhesive to two smaller flowers and tuck them under the larger one.
- Now do the same thing on the left side. On my card, I only used two flowers on the left because I thought it would look too crowded with three, but it’s up to you how many you want to use.
- For the bow, make a knot using Purple Posy Scalloped linen ribbon and adhere to the right side of the card using Stampin Seal+. Multipurpose liquid glue and regular Stampin’ Seal are not strong enough to hold ribbon. But Stampin’ Seal+ works great for anything that needs more adhesion – like ribbon.
- For the sentiment, used Happy Birthday from the Many Messages bundle. Truth be told though, I used it because I had already punched out all of the sentiments in that stamp set and had them on hand.
- But you could just as easily use a Happy Birthday sentiment with a different font from another stamp set. Or use a different sentiment altogether – like Spring, Easter or even Mother’s Day.
When I was working on this card, I wasn’t sure if it was going to come out the way I envisioned it. I wasn’t sure I liked the way the lattice came out, but it actually looks fine. And then I thought the edges of the lattice all the way around the card looked choppy, which I when I had the idea to create a frame to hide it, and that gave it a more-finished look. I also initially wrapped ribbon around the card and then adhered the label on top of it, but I didn’t like it. The Purple Posy ribbon is very pale and it looked washed out. So, I took it apart and reattached the label directly over the lattice and then merely added a ribbon knot instead. Now the ribbon stands out because the knot gives it dimension.
Sometimes you have to keep changing your original design until it finally works. Don’t get discouraged if your idea doesn’t come together they way you pictured it in your head. It may just need a little tweaking. Or, in the case of a card I was working on endlessly last week that ended up being just a big mess – I finally gave up and just tossed the whole thing in the trash. I just needed it gone so I could move on to something else. And that’s how it is sometimes.
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I saw this sign in a little shop in Portsmouth, NH last Summer and wanted to share it with you.