Today is going to be one of those days where I’m rushing around trying to get things done before a winter storm hits. We have possibly 12″ (30cm) of snow due in the next 18 hours or so, coupled with high winds. So we need to prepare in case the power goes out. Luckily my projects for the next couple of days are all made and I just have to write my blog posts. First though here’s a birthday card created using the new Handsomely Suited Stamp Set. It’s part of a masculine suite of products but I made a more feminine project with it instead.
SUITED TO EVERYONE
I began my project with the stamping using Merry Merlot ink on some Very Vanilla Card. First, from the Handsomely Suited Stamp Set I stamped the “A happy birthday to you” sentiment. Then I punched it out using the Tailored Tag Punch and set it aside.
Next I took the larger of the two bow-tie images in the Handsomely Suited Stamp Set and stamped it onto the Very Vanilla Card. This time I cut it out using a coordinating die from the Suit & Tie Dies. Then I used a Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush to ‘colour in’ the image. This had the effect of moving a little of the ink around giving the bow a subtle touch of shimmery colour.
My next task was to decorate a 4″ x 5-1/4″ layer of Very Vanilla Card with the same bow image. So I stamped it at an angle across the top left corner and coloured it with the Wink of Stella as before.
Finally I stamped the bow onto the flap of a Very Vanilla Medium Envelope. Once I’d added the Wink of Stella to match the other bows I set it aside and set to work on the rest of the card.
For my card base I used my Paper Trimmer to cut and score a piece of Merry Merlot Card. Then I folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder. With that done I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) to fix the stamped Very Vanilla Card layer on the inside.
Next I cut a 1-3/4″ x 4-1/8″ strip of Merry Merlot Card. Onto that I attached a 1-1/2″ x 4″ strip of paper from the Peony Garden Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack with liquid glue. Then I used Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals to mount the sentiment onto the DSP, before adding the die-cut bow on top.
To create the background layer I returned to the Peony Garden DSP pack and chose a delicate floral image. I cut this paper to 4″ x 5-1/4″ and fixed it to the card base with liquid glue.
After that I attached the assembled sentiment piece onto the card front with liquid glue and my project was complete.
I love the simplicity of this card and how a simple change of colour turns the bow-tie into a pretty bow. What do you think?
Now while I work on tomorrow’s sneak peek blog post (just in case), here’s the Handsomely Suited Stamp Set used to create today’s project. You can also take a look at the coordinating Suit & Tie Dies by visiting my earlier blog post Braces (suspenders) and a tie, but no suit.
BUNDLE BONUS – I ordered the Handsomely Suited Stamp Set and Suit & Tie Dies using a single bundle item number. This meant I saved 10% off the cost of buying the two items separately. I’ve included links to both options so you can explore these further if you wish.