It may only be Tuesday but it already feels like it’s been a very long week. I’m so tired and wonder if I’m coming down with something. So for today’s sneak peek I created a get well card featuring the Splendid Day 12” x 12” Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP). On one side of each sheet are simple, printed designs that are great for card layers. But on the back of each one are gorgeous patterns that are faux heat embossed in white on a pearlised or shiny foil background.
These various luxury patterns are splendid as the name suggests and I can see them being perfect for lots of very special occasions. Today I chose a leafy pattern on a pearlised Soft Sea Foam background. But as I settled down to make my first cut I realised that there were a few hidden surprises on this sheet. Ladybugs (ladybirds)! So as I made my cut I took care to do it in a way that would ensure one would appear on my finished card.
I began by cutting a 2-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ strip of the Splendid Day DSP. Then I trimmed 4″ off the bottom of the strip before cutting the rest at 5-1/2″. I’d use the smaller pieces on another project, but this first piece was perfect for my card front.
Next I cut a 2-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Granny Apple Green Card. Then using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) fixed the DSP on top leaving an even border at the sides.
For my card base I decided to choose Shaded Spruce Card for a dramatic contrast. I cut and scored the card, then folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder. With that done I glued the layered DSP to the card base, 1/4″ from the fold.
Now I could go back to the DSP and cut a second piece at 2-1/4″ x 6″. Using liquid glue I attached this piece to the flap of a Basic White Medium Envelope. Then I trimmed off the excess with Paper Snips, using the edge of the flap as a guide.
Finally I cut a 3/4″ x 5-1/4″ strip of the DSP and glued it down the edge of a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Basic White Card. After fixing this layer inside the card base I was ready to work on the sentiment.
While I knew I wanted a ‘get well’ message I was looking for something a little more involved. I found exactly what I needed in the Inspired Thoughts Stamp Set. This sentiment-only set contains 11 sentiments in a simple font that’s that’s fast becoming my new favourite.
After choosing “Sending healing thoughts your way” I stamped it onto a scrap of Thick Basic White Card using Shaded Spruce ink. Then in the All That Dies set I found a die with decorative corners that was the perfect size and cut it out.
As I thought about where to place the die-cut sentiment on my card I realised it still needed something else. However I wanted to keep the design quite clean and unfussy so immediately decided against ribbon or gems. Instead I picked up some Vellum Cardstock and cut it out using another die from the All That Dies set. This one was a simple rectangle with rounded corners that included an embossed border around the edge to match the one around the sentiment piece.
With that done I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to fix the sentiment onto the die-cut Vellum. Then I flipped the vellum over and added more Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back, so they were hidden behind the sentiment. Finally I attached the assembled piece to the card front and my card was complete.
I must say that I struggled to get decent photos of the pearlised and foil designs in the Splendid Day Specialty DSP. But hopefully you can still get the idea from my card. The professional photographers at Stampin’ Up! have much better skills than I. To see the whole pack in all its glory click on the link below and then scroll through the photos on the left in the new window.
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the All That Dies set in a bundle with the He’s All That Stamp Set (not used today). Buying these two items using the single ‘bundle’ item number meant I saved 10% off the cost of buying the same two items separately. So I’ve included a link to the bundle in case you want to explore this option.