One of the great things about a colour refresh is the opportunity to rediscover neglected stamp sets. This week I thought it would be fun to pull out the Pansy Patch Stamp Set and coordinating Pansy Dies. I chose two of the four 2023-2025 In Colors and one of the new core colours which I thought would work particularly well together. While I was at it I also thought it was well past time I pulled out my neglected Sponge Daubers too. This pretty happiness card was the final result.
For this project I started with a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Basic White Card and added light layer of Moody Mauve ink around the edges using a Blending Brush. Then I wrapped some Moody Mauve 3/8″ Textured Ribbon about 1-1/4″ from the bottom and secured it on the back with Tear & Tape Adhesive.
For my sentiment I chose “wishing you a little extra happiness just because you’re you” from the Pansy Patch Stamp Set. After stamping it above the ribbon using Moody Mauve ink, I set the layer aside while I created the card base.
Using my Paper Trimmer I cut and scored some Moody Mauve Card. Then I folded the card along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder. Finally using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) I mounted the sentiment layer onto the front.
Next I chose the smallest pansy stamp, the tiny ‘triangle’, and the smaller of the two solid leaves. These would decorate a second 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Basic White Card. First using Moody Mauve ink I stamped the flower in the centre near the top. Then I added the tiny ‘triangle’ centre using Wild Wheat ink. To create the leaves I first inked them up with Granny Apple Green ink, then ‘stamped off’ onto some scrap paper to remove a little ink. With that done I used a Sponge Dauber to add a little Moody Mauve ink to the stamp surface, just on one side of the leaf. Now when I finally stamped the image beside the pansy I had a realistic looking two-tone leaf.
After cleaning the stamp I repeated the process to add a second leaf on the other side of the flower. Then I added this stamped layer to the inside of the card base with liquid glue.
With that done I repeated the flower and leaf stamping on the flap of a Basic White Medium Envelope.
PAPER TOLE PANSY
All I needed now was the focal piece for the card front, a paper tole pansy.
From the Pansy Dies I started with some Basic White Card and cut one of the ‘butterfly’ shape. Then I cut two of the ‘fan’ shape and brushed a layer of Moody Mauve ink over the surface of all three pieces. This brought out the embossing added by the die to the surface of the petals.
Next I cut the dark outside for the petals from Moody Mauve Card and fixed them in place with liquid glue. Now I could use liquid glue to attach the two single petals to the back of the larger piece. On top of that I added the ‘bib’ shape in the centre, die-cut from Bubble Bath Card. Finally, to finish the flower I cut the tear-drop shape from Wild Wheat Card and glued that into place.
The leaves were also cut from Basic White Card; two of the larger ones and one smaller. This time I enhanced the embossed details using a Blending Brush with Granny Apple Green ink. Then to coordinate with the stamped leaves I brushed some Moody Mauve ink over one side of each leaf.
All that was left was for me to attach the assembled pansy and leaves to the front of the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals. Then with the addition of three Iridescent Pearl Basic Jewels my project was complete.
I’d forgotten just how much fun the Pansy Dies could be and I’m delighted with the finished project. However I know that not everyone has the time or inclination to mess around with Blending Brushes. If that’s the case for you check out my blog post Relieved to be home at long last. There I create an amazing looking pansy using the dies with plain old coloured card.