Well this morning certainly hasn’t gone according to plan. I have a rare day off and so many things I want to get done. Unfortunately it seems nothing I do seems to be going right, hence the very late blog post. So I may well pare my to do list right down to the essentials. Sometimes it’s the sensible thing to do to bring a little peace and sanity to my life. Today, having made one card and been completely underwhelmed, I started again. This was the result…
My project started with a single 6″ x 6″ sheet from the Feels Like Frost Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP). This pack is a combination of photographic winter images with white and silver foil designs on the reverse. This snowy sunrise scene was just what I needed.
I began by cutting two 3/4″ strips off the side of the sheet. Then using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) I glued one strip down the left side of a Whisper White Medium Envelope. Next I glued the other strip down the right hand side of a layer of Whisper White Card.
After that I cut the remaining piece of DSP to 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″ for the front of the card. Although Stampin’ Up! DSP is thicker than scrapbooking paper you might by elsewhere, I still felt it needed some support. So I cut a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Petal Pink Card and fixed the DSP to it.
By this point I had made a decision about the colour of my card base. I wanted something contrasting, and for that I chose Night of Navy Card.
First, using my Paper Trimmer I cut and scored the card. Then I folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder. I was really happy with my choice and so also cut two 1/8″ strips of Night of Navy Card to add some contrast to the pieces I’d already prepared for my project.
Using liquid glue I fixed one strip along the right edge of the DSP on my Whisper White Envelope. Then I fixed the other piece along the left edge of the DSP on the Whisper White layer. Finally I glued the completed Whisper White layer inside the card base.
Now I just needed to finish the front of the card.
PEACE ON EARTH
With such a beautiful serene scene on the front of the card I knew exactly where to look for the sentiment. I wanted “Peace on earth” from the Wrapped In Christmas Stamp Set.
First using VersaMark ink I stamped it onto some Night of Navy Card. Next I sprinkled it with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder and tapped off the excess. Then after removing a few stray specks, I melted the rest using my Heat Tool set on 2 (high)
To cut out the embossed sentiment I turned to my current goto dies, Ornate Frames. This set has a lovely variety of shapes and smaller sizes, some with simple edges and some very elaborate. Today I chose one of the plainer dies that fitted the sentiment while leaving a nice amount of card around around it.
After die-cutting the sentiment I then added a few Rhinestone Basic Jewels to reflect the light. However even with this embellishment I thought the sentiment needed something ‘else’.
In the end I decided to cut two pieces of ribbon and layer them together. On the bottom I used Petal Pink Organdy Striped Ribbon. On top of that I used Silver Metallic Edge Ribbon and fixed the two together with Tear & Tape Adhesive. Then I wrapped the ribbons around the layered DSP and secured them on the back with more Tear & Tape. What a transformation.
All I needed now was my Stampin’ Dimensionals. First I fixed the sentiment over the top of the ribbons, then I attached the completed layers to my card base. With that my project was complete.
The “Peace on earth” sentiment really does complement the winter morning scene of the DSP. While the Wrapped In Christmas is definitely one of my favourite stamp sets for Christmas sentiments.
And that first card project I abandoned? I’ll go back to that later and make some changes. Then I’ll bring that to you in a future blog post.