With the new Stampin’ Up! Mini Catalogue launch and the start of the Sale-A-Bration promotion, yesterday was a very busy day. As promised I’ve updated my blog posts with links to all the products used to make each sneak peek project. I’ve also added links to yesterday’s sneak peek review. So when I sat down yesterday evening to make a card it needed to be quick. In my head I thought I’d simply use a large sentiment and patterned paper. But when I picked up the Bragworthy sentiment suddenly my hands had another idea.
I began simply enough with the Bragworthy sentiment. I chose the largest one “One minute you’re young & cool and the next you’re getting excited over new towels. Happy Birthday”. Then I went looking for some patterned paper that might work well with it.
In the end I chose a pretty gender-neutral pattern from the Heart & Home 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack. From the information on the back of the packaging I could see that the colour was Misty Moonlight, and that set the colour scheme for my project.
I needed three pieces of the DSP. I cut one piece 2-1/4″ x 6″ and using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) I attached it to the flap of a Basic White Medium Envelope. Then I trimmed off the excess DSP with Paper Snips using the edge of the flap as a guide.
Next I cut a 3″ x 5-1/2″ piece and mounted that onto a 3-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Misty Moonlight Card.
Finally I trimmed the remaining 3/4″ strip to 5-1/4″ and glued that along the bottom edge of a 4″ x 5-1/4″ layer of Basic White Card. Along the top edge of this DSP I then attached a 1/8″ x 5-1/4″ strip of Misty Moonlight Card.
For my card base I decided to use some Thick Basic White Card. After cutting and scoring it on my Paper Trimmer, I folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder. Then with liquid glue I added the assembled Basic White layer to the inside.
At last I was ready to stamp my sentiment. I started simply, stamping it onto a 2-7/8″ x 4-1/2″ piece of Basic White Card that I found in my scraps. And that’s when things took a surprising turn.
You see I started looking for a punch but I just didn’t have one quite large enough. Then as I was wondering what else I might do I looked again at the stamped card in my hand. Could it actually become a towel? I took it over to my Paper Trimmer and with the long side at the top I scored the card at 2-1/4″. Now I could fold the card and maybe have as a flap on the card front. But it was still just a piece of plain white card…
So instead I decided it needed to be embossed using my Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine and the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder. Oh my goodness, what a transformation. Suddenly my sentiment looked more like a towel. All I needed now was a rail to hang it on. So for that I cut a 3/8″ x 3-1/2″ strip of Gold Foil Sheet.
From there the card came together really quickly. I folded the card, and although my scored line was no longer visible, it folded easily. Next I opened up the card and glued the strip of Gold Foil on the inside, up against the crease. Then with my fingernail I bent the ends of the foil so they could stick to the assembled DSP layer, while the ‘towel’ was lifted up using Stampin’ Dimensionals. I also added a couple of Stampin’ Dimensionals inside the folded ‘towel’ in the centre, just to help it hang straight.
Finally I put Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of the assembled DSP/sentiment piece and attached it to the card base. With that my project was complete.
I have to say that I love how this card turned out, even though it wasn’t what I started out to make. Crafting is like that sometimes, don’t you think?