Every Sunday I create a Simple Sunday project. This might be a simple layout or a simple technique. While it might be simple, that doesn’t always mean quick. But sometimes that’s a good thing. Today it freed me to come up with a unique solution for my sentiment, the Lemon Builder Punch.
BUT FIRST THE BACKGROUND
This project all started with the background. I wanted something gender neutral and organic, so leaves made sense. I was drawn to the Floral Romance Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) and the two different leafy patterns. For this project I thought the large pattern wasn’t bold enough, but I had a simple plan to change that.
All I did was take a piece of the large leaf design DSP and cut it to fit my card front. Then I used the 05 Journaling Pen to outline the leaves. This was a little time-consuming and I wasn’t perfect, but I loved the result.
Suddenly this romantic, wistful design was much more graphic. In fact it was exactly what I wanted.
With the altered DSP finished I could then start to assemble my project.
I began with a piece of Thick Whisper White Card that I cut and scored using my Stampin’ Trimmer. Then I folded the card along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder.
Next I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) to attach my altered DSP to a layer of Pear Pizzazz Card. Then this was added to the card front with more liquid glue.
Now I needed the smaller DSP pattern. I cut a 1″ strip and mounted that onto Pear Pizzazz Card with liquid glue, before adding it to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
Then I cut a 3/4″ strip of the DSP and fixed it along the bottom edge of a Whisper White Layer. This was glued inside the card.
Once final piece of the small leaf DSP was fixed to the flap of a Whisper White Medium Envelope. Then I used paper Snips to cut the DSP to shape following the edge of the flap.
ANYTHING BUT A LEMON
All that was left was my ‘thanks for understanding’ sentiment from the Varied Vases Stamp Set.
I stamped the sentiment onto a piece of Thick Whisper White Card using Tuxedo Black ink. Then I went looking for a suitable punch. Even though I have all of the current Stampin’ Up! punches nothing really excited me. Until I happened to notice the Lemon Builder Punch.
I tested out the punch with my sentiment. It fitted beautifully inside the punch area, and the asymmetrical curves gave it a very organic feel. So that was it.
I punched out the sentiment and then attached it to the front of the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. My simple card was complete.
I don’t think I’ve ever used the Lemon Builder Punch for a sentiment before and I can’t recall anyone else doing it either. But why not? I think it works well. What do you think?