Well yesterday’s forecast snow arrived and is lying thick on the ground. I thought it would have stopped by now but as I look outside I can see it’s started up again. I have to admit it’s very pretty, and eerily quiet as the snow seems to muffle every sound. Perhaps it’s the perfect day to stay in and get organised. So here’s a decorated diary idea to get you started, easily created with the help of the Timeless Greetings (card) kit and the new Metal Plate 3D Embossing Folder.
TIMELESS GREETINGS PIECES
I found a 5-1/2″ x 4-1/8″ undated diary planner in Walmart a little while ago and it was covered in pretty flowers. Nice for me, but not so much for hubby. However with a stapled spine (like a magazine) I thought it could be easily altered to give it a more masculine feel. Somehow as I was considering what to use, my brain connected diary and time, and into my head popped the clock face in the Timeless Greetings (card) kit. And everything snowballed from there…
I found the clock face piece in the kit along with a silver pocket-watch die-cut piece and die-cut ‘watch chain’. Then from the stamp set in the Timeless Greetings Kit I took the clock numbers and hands stamp. The kit includes a Soft Suede mini ink spot and acrylic block, but instinctively I picked up my usual block and full-size ink pad. After stamping the clock face I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) to attach it to the silver pocket-watch. Then I added the ‘chain’, fixing it into place with a dot of glue. Finally from the kit I took one of the small self-adhesive copper diamond embellishments and placed that in the centre of the clock face.
Before putting away the stamp set and ink pad I decided to create my sentiment. So from the kit I took one of the larger white sentiment labels and stamped “time to celebrate”. Then I set it aside with one of the brown printed strips from the kit. Now all the decorative pieces were ready I turned my attention to the actual cover.
METAL PLATE TEXTURE
As I looked at rest of the Timeless Greetings Kit contents I wondered if I could use one of the card bases in some way. I thought maybe I could cut it up to create a layer. However as I put it against the planner cover I realised it was almost the perfect size. All I had to do was trim 1/8″ off the front and back of the card to make it 4-1/8″ x 5-1/2″. I could have left it there but that’s when I decided to add texture.
In the Stampin’ Up! January to April 2023 Mini Catalogue there are three new embossing folders. In what is most definitely a first, I bought all three! Today I wanted to try out the Metal Plate 3D Embossing Folder. So I put the front of the trimmed card base into the embossing folder and ran it through my full-size Cut & Emboss Machine. Then I placed the back of the card base into the embossing folder and repeated the process.
Before attaching the card to the cover I had a couple of other little tasks to complete. First I found a second brown printed strip from the kit and wrapped it around a mechanical pencil. Using liquid glue I fixed the two ends together to create a loop, then glued the ends to the back of the diary.
Next I cut an 8″ piece of Sahara Sand 3/8″ Twill Ribbon, and with some Tear & Tape Adhesive fixed one end to the back of the diary, at the top near to the crease. With these two details in place I glued the embossed card base onto the diary, sandwiching the pen loop and ribbon end beneath it.
Now all I had to do was glue the first brown strip onto the cover, add the assembled pocket watch, and finish off with the sentiment. My floral diary was completely transformed, and I like it so much I’m tempted to keep it for myself…
For a alternative card project created using the Timeless Greetings kit see my earlier blog post Timeless greetings.
Did you know that in Canada many Stampin’ Up! products are available in French? To see the French version of the Timeless Greetings Kit click here.