At last, rainy days followed by warm sunshine have made the garden spring into life. It’s been a slow start but the leaves have finally appeared on the trees. At the edge of the ditch by the road the fern fronds are unfurling and all manner of tiny flowers have appeared in the lawn. It’s not manicured by any means, and we even embrace the bright and colourful dandelions that feed the local bees. The garden inspired today’s thank you card using the Dainty Delight Stamp Set and coordinating Dies.
I began with the Fern 3D Embossing Folder and a 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″ piece of Very Vanilla Card. After embossing the card I used Sponge Daubers to add colour to the surface and bring out the design. I started with the very bright Parakeet Party ink and then added touches of Shaded Spruce. Once that was done I mounted it onto a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Shaded Sprice Card and set it aside.
For the A2 card base I chose Parakeet Party Card. After using my Paper Trimmer to both cut and score the card, I folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder. Then I attached the fern background to the front using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow).
In my pocket of Parakeet Party scraps I found a 1/4″ strip of card and decided to make use of it. So I glued it down the centre of a 3/4″ strip of Vellum Cardstock before trimming the strips to 3-7/8″ long. Then I simply glued them across the fern background 1″ from the bottom edge.
Now I went looking for a sentiment and I chose “thank you for your kindness” from the Dainty Delight Stamp Set. Using Shaded Spruce ink once again I stamped the sentiment onto some Very Vanilla Card. Then I cut it out using the smaller of the ‘oval’ dies in the Something Fancy Dies set and set it aside.
With the bulk of the work done all I wanted now was a little extra detail to put between the background and the sentiment. For that I decided to use the long die topped with tiny flowers from the Dainty Delight Dies. First I cut three of these from Crumb Cake Card. Then using the embossing stylus of my Take Your Pick tool I gently pressed each of the tiny flowers onto the surface of the Shaded Spruce ink pad.
Having coloured the flowers I fixed the three stems to the card front with liquid glue. Then I created some loops of Linen Thread and placed them over the stems. Finally I added the die-cut sentiment with Stampin’ Dimensionals which would also keep the thread in place.
To create my coordinating feature I chose a small image from the Dainty Delight Stamp Set which included a similar delicate flower stem. First I inked up the stamp with Crumb Cake ink, and then I added a little Shaded Spruce ink to the flowers on the stamp surface using a Sponge Dauber. Finally, after stamping the multicoloured image on the bottom right corner of a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Very Vanilla Card, I glued the layer inside the card base.
Then I cleaned off the stamp and repeated the process on the front of a Very Vanilla Medium Envelope. And with that my thank you card was complete.
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