I must apologise for being late with my blog today. I’ve actually been up for hours and playing with some new products. The problem was that I was having so much fun with the Happiness Abounds suite that I forgot that I was supposed to be writing my blog post! Instead, having made this card, I just kept playing. On the plus side I now have a small pile of projects to bring you over the coming days and weeks. But for now here’s one of the “best wishes” cards.
HAPPINESS IS COORDINATION
This card all started with the Happiness Abounds Stamp Set and coordinating Hues of Happiness 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper (DSP). I’d chosen three stamps; two flowers and a pair of leaves and was thinking about how to colour them. Then I remembered the non-flowered sides of the Hues of Happiness DSP. So using Tuxedo Black ink I decided to stamp the images directly one of the paint effect patterns.
Once I’d stamped the images all I had to do was cut them out using the coordinating Blossoming Happiness Dies. Then I layered the flowers and leaves together using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) and set them aside.
For the “best wishes” sentiment I went back to the Happiness Abounds Stamp Set and Tuxedo Black ink pad. After stamping the sentiment onto some Basic White Card I cut around it using Paper Snips. Then I glued that on top of the flowers.
By this point I’d decided to use the smaller of my two flower images as the coordinating feature on the project. So I stamped one flower in the bottom right-hand corner of a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Basic White Card. Then I stamped the flower in the bottom right corner on the front of a Basic White Medium Envelope.
I love combining blue and yellow and I quickly decided on Night of Navy Card for the card base. Using my Paper Trimmer I cut and scored the card, then folded it along the scored line, before sharpening the crease with a Bone Folder.
My original plan had been to fix the flowers directly onto the card base but instead I thought it would look nice on a textured background. I considered a number of different colours for this background layer but eventually opted to use Night of Navy Card again. I cut a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece and embossed it using the Timber 3D Embossing Folder. Now I was ready to put everything together.
First I wrapped some 3/8″ Denim Ribbon around the textured layer 1″ from the bottom edge. Then I secured the ends on the back using Tear & Tape Adhesive, before mounting it onto the card front with liquid glue.
Then using more liquid glue I added the flowers to the front of the card, and the Basic White layer on the inside. With that my project was complete.
I love the way the Hues of Happiness DSP created instant interest on my stamped flowers and leaves, although that’s not the only way the paper can be used. Several of the sheets contain images that are designed to be cut out with the Blossoming Happiness Dies. More about that another day.
In the meantime, here’s a look at the complete Happiness Abounds Stamp Set…
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the Happiness Abounds Stamp Set in a bundle with the Blossoming Happiness Dies. Buying the coordinating products using the single ‘bundle’ item number saved me 10% off the cost of buying the two items separately. I’ve included a link for the bundle in case you want to explore that option.