The past few mornings have been quite foggy and damp and autumn is definitely here. So I think it’s finally time to start putting away the summer tops and start bringing out the warmer clothes. It must have been at the back of my mind when I was doing my card making marathon last weekend too. Why else would I have used the Suit & Tie Dies to create this masculine sweater birthday card?
This project began with the large Knit Together background stamp and a Merry Merlot ink pad. I find the background stamps difficult to hold at times so instead of an acrylic block I mount the stamp onto my Stamparatus.
First I used the Knit Together image to cover a 4″ x 5-1/4″ layer of Very Vanilla Card. This would be for the card front so I set it aside for the moment. Then after reinking the stamp I stamped the Knit Together image as a 1″ strip down the left edge on the front of a Very Vanilla Medium Envelope. Finally I reinked the image and stamped a 1″ strip down the right-hand edge of a second 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Very Vanilla Card.
For my card base I used my Paper Trimmer to cut and score some Night of Navy Card. Then I folded the card along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder. Next, on the inside I add the Very Vanilla layer with the 1″ stamped strip using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow).
Before moving on I needed a sentiment and chose “A happy birthday to you” from the Handsomely Suited Stamp Set. Then using Merry Merlot ink I stamped it onto a scrap of Thick Very Vanilla Card With that done it was time to do a little die-cutting,
SUIT & TIE DIES
First I needed to add a V-neck to the sweater layer and for that I took the plain V-shaped die from the Suit & Tie Dies. Then I used the die I cut a V-shaped section from a piece of Merry Merlot Card. After that I moved the die up the V-shaped piece a little and cut again to create a contrasting neckline for the sweater. Finally, using liquid glue I fixed it onto the sweater layer and continued to plan out the rest of my design.
Next from the Suit & Tie Dies I took the odd W-shaped die and used it to cut some Night of Navy Card. This would be the collar of the ‘shirt’ and I added that to the top of the sweater layer.
It was at this point I decided that I needed something behind the V. So I went back to the Handsomely Suited Stamp Set and chose one of the two long tie images. Using Pacific Point ink I stamped the tie onto some Basic White Card. Then I cut it out using the coordinating die and glued it to the back of sweater layer so it sat nicely in the area between the collar and the V.
With that done I was finally ready to mount the assembled layer to my card base using more liquid glue.
All I need to do now was add the sentiment, but first I pulled out one of my favourite die-sets, Tasteful Labels. I found a six-sided die and used it to cut out the stamped sentiment and add a nice stitched border. Then with Stampin’ Dimensionals I added the sentiment to the card front and my project was complete.
It’s been a while since I’ve used the Handsomely Suited Stamp Set and coordinating Suit & Tie Dies. Pairing them with the Knit Together background stamp adds a whole new dimension that I love. It’s the perfect combination for these cooler autumn days don’t you think?
For some more projects using the Suit & Tie Dies see these earlier blog posts:
- Having fun designing a casual suit bag
- Special jacket & tie for a special occasion
- It’s a casual shirt & tie kind of day