My regular readers will know that I hate to waste craft supplies. The scraps I end up with the most tend to be Basic White Card. After all Basic White is, well, basic for so many of my projects (that and Very Vanilla). The other day I had an idea for a project using the Through It Together Stamp Set and grabbed a strip of Basic White Card from my scrap pocket. In the end I decided the strip was too narrow and set it aside, today it was reclaimed.
When I started this project it was with a 1-3/4″ x 5-1/2″ strip of Basic White Card and a Tuxedo Black ink pad. In my mind I had a simple floral background surrounding a small sentiment. For this reason it made sense to start by stamping the sentiment first. In the end I chose “the best way to get though things is together” from the Through It Together Stamp Set.
After stamping the sentiment in the centre of the card strip I went looking for some small flowers. To be honest I struggled a bit with that until I looked more closely at the Happiness Abounds Stamp Set. There, tucked in among the much larger flower images were two small posies. So I decided to use them both and stamped them randomly around the sentiment.
Once I’d finished the stamping I just needed to colour everything in. The sections of the flowers are quite small and it made sense to use Stampin’ White Markers for this. I wanted to keep things really simple so from the Subtle collection I chose Petal Pink for the petals, together with Pear Pizzazz for the leaves. Then from the Brights collection I chose Mango Melody. This allowed me to add a bright pop of colour in the centre of each open flower. And this was where the project had stalled…
Going pack to the stamped and coloured piece today I knew exactly what I could do with it. So I cut a 2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Basic Black Card. Then using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) I fixed the two strips together.
Next I added a small hole at the top with the Label Me Fancy Punch. Finally I cut 6″ of Petal Pink ribbon from the 1/8″ Cotton Ribbon Combo Pack. After folding the ribbon in half I poked the loop through the hole. Then I passed the cut ends through the loop and pulled gently to secure the ribbon in place. Job done.
This wasn’t at all what I had in mind when I first started work on the stamped strip, but it’s very satisfying to be able to create projects from rejected pieces. What do you think?
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the Happiness Abounds Stamp Set in a bundle with the coordinating Blossoming Happiness Dies (not used today). Buying the two items using the single ‘bundle’ item number meant I saved 10% off the cost of buying the two items separately. For this reason I’ve included a link to the bundle in case you want to explore that option.