In just nine days time, on May 25th, Stampin’ Up! will reveal the Last Chance List and we’ll find out which products from the Stampin’ Up! January to June 2022 Mini Catalogue will be retiring forever. Some products have already been carried over into the 2022/2023 Annual Catalogue. However the question is whether any more will be reprieved. Past experience tells me that all the Designer Series Paper (DSP) packs will go. So today I used one of my favourites, Symbols of Fortune to create this Thinking of You card.
CLOUDS ALL THE WAY
Of the 12 designs in the Symbols of Fortune pack my favourite has to be the clouds punctuated by the occasional flying crane. There’s something very calming about this pattern and it seemed the perfect background for a “Thinking of you” card.
My original plan was to have a plain card base with a smaller panel featuring a scrap piece of clouds paper I’d found. This 3″ x 3-3/4″ piece had a single crane which I liked so I took the black from its neck and legs as my contrasting colour. So I started by cutting a 3-1/8″ x 3-7/8″ piece of Basis Black Card and mounted the DSP onto it using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.
Then as I was looking at the pieces of paper I had left, a new idea popped into my head. Not only would I use the Symbols of Fortune paper for the main panel, I’d use it for everything. From there things progressed really quickly.
I managed to find a larger piece of the clouds design with birds in the middle but lots of clouds around them. So I hid those birds under the mounted DSP layer and now I could see how to cut a 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ piece as a ‘birdless’ background.
With that done I used my Paper Trimmer to cut and score some Basic Black Card for my card base. Then I folded the card along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder. Next, the new piece of DSP was glued directly onto the front of the card. Finally my original layered panel was added with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
SYMBOLS OF THOUGHT?
Going back to the Symbols of Thought pack I now needed a 2-1/4″ x 6″ piece. I managed to cut this one complete with two birds flying together which was ideal. Then I glued the DSP to the flap of a Basic White Medium Envelope. Trimming off the excess paper was a simple task using my Paper Snips and the edge of the flap as a guide.
My last piece of the clouds design was a small strip, 1″ x 4″. This was glued along the top edge of a 4″ x 5-1/4″ layer of Basic White Card. Then I added a 1/16″ x 4″ strip along the bottom edge of the DSP strip to mimic the borders on the card front. With that in place I glued the completed layer inside the card base.
All I needed now was a sentiment and for that I turned to another item that is probably retiring, the On The Horizon Stamp Set. The “Thinking of you” sentiment was exactly what I needed and I used Tuxedo Black ink to stamp it onto some Basic White Card. Then I cut it out using a die from the Stitched Rectangles Dies set.
But before adding the sentiment to the card I first needed to add a Basic Black mat layer. So I cut a 1″ x 3″ piece and glued the sentiment on top. Then using Stampin’ Dimensionals I added the sentiment to the card and my project was complete.
It was only afterwards that it struck me that clouds and thoughts often go together. Daydreamers can be said to have their head in the clouds, and “thought bubbles” are often drawn cloud-shaped. So my original design may not be totally ‘original’ after all. What do you think?
BUNDLE BONUS – I ordered the On The Horizon Stamp Set as a bundle with the coordinating Horizon Dies. Buying the two items using the single ‘bundle’ item number meant I saved 10% off the cost of buying them separately. I’ve included a link to the bundle below in case you want to explore that option.