Yesterday while riding out our latest winter storm I spent time pulling out some older Stampin’ Up! products. I’ve decided that with the retiring list only a matter of weeks away, I need to play with some still available but neglected items. Tucked in a box I found the Delightfully Detailed Notecards and Envelopes. I wasn’t planning on making a notecard-sized card, but one card design reminded me of clouds and it all followed on from there.
I started by using my Stampin’ Trimmer to cut and score a piece of Thick Very Vanilla Card. Then I folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder to create my card base.
Next I cut the front off the notecard printed with patches of watercoloured Mint Macaron, and trimmed it to 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″. With that done I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) to attach the printed piece to the front of my card base.
MEANT TO BE
I have absolutely no idea why I picked up the Meant To Be Stamp Set, possibly it just happened to be within reach. But next I decided to stamp the large ‘Meant To Be’ sentiment onto some Whisper White Card using Sahara Sand ink.
Then I pulled out a Mint Macaron ink pad to coordinate with the clouds on the background layer. I found the smallest heart image in the Meant To Be Stamp Set and stamped the heart twice in the centre of the flap of a Very Vanilla Medium Envelope. I didn’t re-ink the rubber between stamping but tilted the second image slightly. So now I had overlapping hearts, one a little lighter than the other.
On a layer of Very Vanilla Card I repeated the two mini hearts in the centre towards the top. Then I used liquid glue to fix this layer inside my card base
All that was left was to die-cut the layers for the front of the card using my die-cutting machine and magnetic plate with dies from the Stitched Be Mine Dies.
I began with the stamped sentiment, using the middle-sized scalloped heart die. This die (and the larger one) actually cuts the card into 3 pieces. There’s the negative space outside the scalloped heart, but then there’s a heart-shaped frame with a scalloped outside edge and smooth inside edge with ‘stitching’ between. Then you also have a heart cut from the centre with a smooth edge.
I decided to use the same die to cut out a piece of Sahara Sand Card and then swapped the frames. I flipped the two sets of hearts over and secured the hearts in the frames using a little sellotape.
Finally I attached some Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet to a piece of Whisper White Card. Then I made sure it was really well stuck by rubbing firmly over the surface of the sheet using the edge of my Bone Folder. With that done I cut the card using the heart background die. I set all the individual hearts aside for another project, and then cut the delicate frame in half with Paper Snips.
LOVE IN THE CLOUDS
My card base and clouds background was already in place so all I needed to do was layer on the various die-cut hearts.
I started with the two pieces of the heart background frame. I removed the backing paper from each piece and attached them to the left and right side of the clouds background.
Next I added Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the framed sentiment. Then I fixed it at an angle on top of the Sahara Sand heart. I put liquid glue on the back of the Sahara Sand heart and then fixed the assembled pieces to the card base covering the gap between the background hearts.
Although I hadn’t really planned this project, I ended up with a very different looking engagement or wedding card. I love how the non-traditional colours look against the abstract clouds from the printed notecard background. It gives the whole project a really romantic feel don’t you think?
UPDATED 2020: Sadly the Delightfully Detailed Note Cards & Envelopes have retired and are no longer available from Stampin’ Up!