Today is going to be an odd sort of day. Three years ago our son died suddenly from complications arising from his Type 1 diabetes. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of him. I’m immensely proud of all he achieved in his 31 years on this earth, and all the lives he touched. So I suppose it was inevitable that today’s project would be a thinking of you card. But while we wait a few more hours to be able to order from the new Stampin’ Up! Catalogue I have one final sneak peek for you: the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder.
This project all began with a 1/2″ strip of Whisper White Card and the Misty Moonlight ink pad. I’d already chosen the “Always thinking of you” sentiment from the Very Versailles Stamp Set. So I stamped the sentiment and set the piece aside while I decided what to do for a background.
I didn’t want anything too fussy, but I didn’t want it plain either. In the end I pulled out some Stampin’ Spritzers that I haven’t used in ages. As luck would have it one already contained alcohol with 10 drops of Balmy Blue ink, and the other had a similar Night of Navy solution.
I placed a piece of Whisper White Card into an old cardboard box and spritzed the surface with both colours. Then I decided to spritz both sides of a Whisper White Medium Envelope too! These needed time to dry so I turned my attention to the decoration.
Keeping it simple, I used the large leafy branch from the new Forever Flourishing Dies to cut out two pieces of Vellum Cardstock.
My last job was to use my Stampin’ Trimmer to cut and score a piece of Misty Moonlight Card. Then I folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder to create my card base.
TASTEFUL TEXTILE DETOUR
With all the spritzed pieces dry I was ready to assemble my card. As usual I began by placing the pieces together without any adhesive until I found an arrangement I liked. Unfortunately I still wasn’t completely happy with the background layer.
Then as I looked at my box of new products my eyes fell on the one thing I knew I hadn’t shown you, the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder. Eureka! That might be the missing piece of my design puzzle. So off I went to emboss the spritzed card and while I was there, why not the flap of the envelope too!
With this last detail decided I began to put the card together using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow).
First I trimmed a 3/4″ strip off the background layer and glued it down the right-hand edge of a layer of Whisper White Card. Then I fixed the assembled layer inside the card base. The rest of the background piece was attached to the front of the card.
Next I added the two vellum leaf pieces, using the glue just in a line through the middle. Then the sentiment strip was fixed over the top, hiding the glue used to attach the leaves.
Before I knew it, my project was complete.
I must say that the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder is gorgeous. It has a understated design that adds just enough interest and texture, without overpowering everything else. I’m so glad I decided to add it to my collection.
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the Forever Flourishing Dies in a bundle with the coordinating Forever Fern Stamp Set (not used today). This meant I saved 10% off the cost of buying the two items separately. I’ve included a link to the bundle below in case you want to look at this option.
ONLINE ORDERING – The online ordering system is currently being updated for the new catalogue and is expected to be available again from 3pm Atlantic Time. I have a feeling the website could be very busy once it’s up and running so it may be a little slow initially. To make up for that anyone who places an order via my online store today (June 3rd) will receive a special thank you gift from me. Just remember that in order to get that gift you must allow Stampin’ Up! to share your details with me.
I’ll be able to add links to all the products used for today’s project as soon as the system is up and running again. Until then why not download the PDF of the Stampin’ Up! 2020/2021 Annual Catalogue and start making your wish list? Or if you prefer here’s the French Canadian version.