One product that I’m really sad to see retire from the Stampin’ Up! range is their Slimline Envelopes pack. This pack of 15 envelopes (5 each in white, Smoky Slate and Soft Succulent) have been such fun to play with. Looking at it now I don’t know why I was surprised at the decision, after all Soft Succulent is a retiring In Color. Still, I hoped that perhaps they’d bring out a new pack in different colours. So using my last remaining slimline envelope I created this colourful birthday card.
To begin my card I first cut a 7″ x 8-1/2″ piece of Thick Basic White Card. Then with the short side at the top I scored it at 3-1/2″. After folding the card along the scored line I sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder and my slimline card base was ready.
Next I cut two 3-1/4″ x 8-1/4″ pieces of Basic White Card along with a 3-3/8″ x 8-3/8″ piece of Smoky Slate Card for the main layers.
That only left the sentiment layers and for that I cut a 1-1/2″ x 3-1/4″ piece of Basic White Card and a 1-7/8″ x 3-1/4″ piece of Smoky Slate Card.
For the sentiment itself I chose the middle-sized “happy birthday” from the Go To Greetings Stamp Set. Using Basic Gray ink I stamped the sentiment onto the small Basic White piece. Then I mounted it onto the small Basic Gray layer using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) and set it aside.
Finally I was ready to stamp on the two main Basic White layers.
From the Petal Park Stamp Set I chose the large multi-leaf outline image. Using Basic Gray ink I stamped the image all over one of the Basic White Layers. On the second Basic White layer I only stamped across the top left and bottom right corners. Finally, while I still had the stamp and ink to hand, I stamped the image across the top left and bottom right corners on the front of my Smoky Slate slimline envelope too.
To colour the leaves I chose Granny Apple Green ink and the solid stamp designed to go with the outline image. Lining up the solid image over the outline was a simply a case of looking through the clear photopolymer stamp. In the end I decided to only colour the leaves on the two white layers, leaving the envelope uncoloured.
Next from the Petal Park Stamp Set I chose the outline cluster of three 5-petal flowers. Using Basic Gray ink I filled in the gaps on the main card layer, and also added a few flowers in the corners of the second piece. However instead of using the matching solid stamp to colour the flowers I decided to use the light Hightland Heather Stampin’ Blends alcohol marker. As before I only stamped the outline of the flowers on the envelope.
From there I used liquid glue to fix the corner-stamped layer to the inside of my slimline card base. Then I mounted the main layer onto the Smoky Slate Card before gluing it onto the card front.
Next using Stampin’ Dimensionals I added the layered sentiment about 1-3/4″ from the top edge.
To finish I decided to add some extra flowers to the sentiment layer and for that I went back to the Petal Park Stamp Set.
This time I chose the larger outline image of three individual flowers that coordinates with the Petal Park Builder Punch. First I stamped the outline on a scrap of Thick Basic White Card with Basic Gray ink. Then I used the coordinating solid stamp to colour the petals with Highland Heather ink before punching out the three flowers.
Now I needed some leaves and I found the outline image for a single leaf along with the coordinating solid image. After stamping a row of 5 leaf outlines on a strip of Thick Basic White Card using Basic Gray ink, I stamped inside with Granny Apple Green ink. Then I punched out the indivdual leaves.
With that done I added the leaves and the two largest of the three flowers to the sentiment with liquid glue. Finally I added a few Highland Heather embellinshments from the retiring Pastel Pearls pack and my project was complete.
For some more slimline card ideas see these earlier blog posts:
RETIRING PRODUCTS (only available while stocks last)
The Slimline Envelopes are now on sale at 10% off, while the Pastel Pearls are 50% off!
CONTINUING PRODUCTS (however some proces may be higher from May 2nd)
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the Petal Park Stamp Set and coordinating punch using a single ‘bundle’ item number. This meant I saved 10% off the cost of buying the two products separately. While the stamp set and punch will appear in the 2023/2024 Annual Catalogue, please note that the discounted bundle offer will end on May 1st.
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