Yesterday was an incredibly busy day made more difficult by the oppressive humidity. The highlight though was my ‘Christmas in July’ class where we had a lot of fun playing with stamp sets, dies and Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the Stampin’ Up! 2018/2019 Annual Catalogue. I’ll be holding more classes featuring Christmas projects later in the year once the 2018 Holiday Catalogue is released.
It was while preparing for my class I came across some other DSP and stamp sets that I probably haven’t used since my sneak peeks back in May, so I decided that I would have remedy that with today’s project.
The project started with the Share What You Love 12″ x 12″ Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) when I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) to attach the leafy design to a layer of Mint Macaron Card to form my background.
On top of the background layer I added half a Pearlised Doily and then a strip of the Rich Razzleberry striped DSP, again with liquid glue. On top of that I used some Tear & Tape Adhesive to secure a length of the pretty Whisper White 5/8″ Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon.
By this point I’d decided on the colour for my card base, so used my Stampin’ Trimmer to cut and score a piece of Thick Whisper White Card, folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder. The assembled background layer was then added to the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
For the sentiment I decided to pull out another stamp set I haven’t used in far too long, Eastern Beauty. I stamped it onto a piece of Whisper White Card using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then took it over to my Big Shot to cut out on the Magnetic Platform with the #4 plain-edge die from the Layering Circles Framelits (counting from the smallest up). The #5 plain-edge die was then used to cut out a piece of Mint Macaron Card as a mat for the sentiment.
The sentiment was fixed to the mat with liquid glue and then added to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals but it looked a little lost. To solve this problem I went back to the Share What You Love DSP pack and found a design with bold florals. Taking my Paper Snips I cut out a flower and stem (trimming the leaves down to just one) and added the flower to the sentiment using liquid glue, with some pieces of Stampin’ Dimensional to support the flower and leaf where it extended past the edge of the sentiment. That was so much better.
Then I had to think of how to tie in the inside of the card and the envelope with the design on the front and for that I reached for the Love What You Do Stamp Set, and specifically the medium background splodge and the small leaf image.
I inked up the splodge image using Mint Macaron ink and then ‘stamped off’ onto some scrap paper before stamping it onto the centre of the flap on a Whisper White Medium Envelope. On top of this abstract shape I then used Tranquil Tide ink to stamp the small leafy image. Perfect.
I copied the stamping from the envelope flap onto a layer of Whisper White Card in the centre near the top and then fixed the layer inside the card base to complete my project.
There’s nothing really fancy about this card but it does make me smile. I love what I do, whether it’s designing cards, teaching papercrafting classes or helping customers find exactly what they need to create their own projects. I also love the fact that I am able to share my creations with you and I am truly grateful that you have visited my website and blog today.