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Back to my regularly scheduled post:
Last week I was supposed to spend a few days with my youngest son, Zachary and his family. Unfortunately, Emy came down with the flu so I could not go. Then Jackson came down with the flu. Then Zachary came down with it. I am just waiting for the phone call that Mary now has it. This season has been a bad one with the flu and RSV everywhere. Be careful out there!
I wanted to try another masking technique so I decided to use the Split Card Textures dies. Masking is when you block off sections of your card stock when adding ink to other sections. Stampin’ Up!® sells Masking Paper which is used to do this technique. It is sticky on one side and paper on the other.
I first took a piece of Masking Paper and cut it out using one of the Split Card Textures Dies. I peeled off the backing and adhered it to the corner of a piece of Basic White card stock. I used a Blending Brush to add Balmy Blue ink to it. Then I just peeled the Masking Paper up and the ink was only where there was no Masking Paper.
Next, I had a bunch of pieces of the Fitted Florals Designer Series Paper left over from another project. Fitting Florals DSP was released in November for Demonstrators and in December for customers. It goes with the Framed Florets Bundle that will be in the 2023 January – April Mini Catalog but the paper is only available while supplies last or December 31st (whichever comes first). Lastly, I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set in Evening Evergreen ink.
It has been a couple of busy weeks for us and will probably continue for a while. As you know, we left the cottage and we are now in Nashville. Then Rob left for a week for a conference in Austin. I spent the week putting our belongings away and setting up my stamp room. Last weekend was my grandson’s (Jackson’s) second birthday. My son and his family live in Montgomery, Alabama so we went there to celebrate. This week my other grandson, Nolan, has no school so he has been spending his time with me (which has been a lot of fun). Then this coming weekend is Nolan’s fifth birthday. I did manage to make a couple of cards in between all of that.
I made this card using the stamp set called Cottage Wreaths. This stamp set is in the July – December Mini Catalog and there is a set of coordinating dies called Country Wreaths. If you use the bundle item number when ordering you can save 10%. I first stamped the wreath in Evening Evergreen Ink and cut it out using the coordinating die. Then I used the Dots & Spots die to cut out the berries and the bow in Real Red card stock. I used the Split Textures dies set to cut out a 3.75″ x 5″ piece of Basic White card stock. This is one of my favorite background dies because it adds so much interest to your card. I layered everything on top of a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Soft Succulent card stock and an Evening Evergreen card base. Lastly, I stamped the sentiment in Real Red ink.
We made the long trip back to Nashville on Saturday. I have to say that 14 hours in a car in one day is a lot of car time! Thank goodness for music, audiobooks and podcasts to keep our minds on something else besides counting the lines in the road. I haven’t unpacked my stamping supplies yet but I will be working on it this week. This is one of the cards I made before I left New York.
I made this card using the Perfectly Penciled Designer Series Paper. This paper is black and white and just begs to be colored. I am not a great colorer but Stampin’ Up!® makes it a lot easier to do when you are not good at it. First of all, they have this gorgeous DSP which is perfect. Secondly, they give you amazing tools to use such as Blends, Stampin Write Marker and Watercolor Pencils. To make this card, I first took a piece of the Perfectly Penciled DSP and colored it using my Old Olive, Polished Pink, Daffodil Delight, Tahitian Tide and Highland Heather Blends. I didn’t try to add shades or anything fancy to my coloring because I felt like the black sections on the flowers and leaves pretty much did that for me.
Next, I cut the image out by hand. Yes, I fussy cut. Yes, it took me forever, Yes, I know it is not the best job but it looked good enough to me. You can tell there are parts where I could not cut because there were no open lines to it but I still think it looks ok. After this, I took a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Basic White card stock and cut out the bottom half using the Split Card Textures die set. I love this die set. There are two dies included in it. One cut out the pattern on my card and the other cuts out flowers. I think it adds a lot of interest to a simple card. I layered this on top of a Polished Pink card base and then adhered the flower bouquet that I had cut. The sentiment is from the stamp set called Heron Habitat. It is a great stamp set that has wonderful sentiments in a very nice font.
This is the third, and my favorite card we made at our last stamp camp. Why is it my favorite? Because I love the new Split Card Textures dies! There are two dies in this set. One cuts out the design you see here and the other cuts out flowers. Both only cut half a page, which adds so much interest to a card.
This card was fairly simple to make. First, I used the Split Card Textures die on a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Basic White card stock. I layered that on top of a 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ piece of the Splendid Day Specialty Designer Series Paper. This paper is absolutely gorgeous. There are soft designs on one side of each piece. On the other side is a foil paper design in Fresh Freesia, Silver, Copper and Gold foil. They are just gorgeous in person. I used the soft side for the background of my card and the foiled side in Fresh Freesia for the pot.
Next, I stamped the leaves from the stamp set called Splendid Thoughts in Evening Evergreen ink and colored them using Soft Succulent Blends. Next, I cut it out using the coordinating die from the Splendid Stems die set. If you purchase the stamp set and the dies using the bundle item number, you will save 10%. I adhered that to the card using Multipurpose Glue. The glue worked better to make it adhere to the uneven card stock from the Split Card Textures die. Next, I cut out the pot using the same die set, tied a piece of white Baker’s Twine around it and adhered it using Dimensionals. Lastly, I stamped the sentiment in Evening Evergreen ink.