Today I have another card for you featuring the Oh So Eclectic stamp set and the matching Eclectic Layers Thinlits dies. The design is reasonably simple and it can be adapted for many different occasions. Because of the grey background I thought it was modest enough to use as a rememberance card. When you choose a different colour it can easily be changed to a cheerful birthday card of by adding some silver or gold, you can alter it for use as a wedding or anniversary card.
I started by cutting the grey panel, which is slightly smaller than my white card base, from some Sahara Sand cardstock. Next I used the die with the diamond pattern and cut it twice to create a repeating pattern in the background. On a piece of Whisper White cardstock I stamped the flower outlines in Calypso Coral ink. I stamped the coloured petal layers in So Saffron, Blushing Bride and Tangerine Tango. I stamped the flower centers in Calypso Coral and the leaves in Old Olive. After I was done stamping, I cut the images out with the matching dies. I made the composition by using different thickneses of foam squares. When I was happy with the look, I adhered it to the grey layer. By adding it to het white card base with foamsquares, you get a better sense of dimension behind the diamond cut outs.
If you want to use this design for a more festive occasion, it might be fun to decorate the flowers with some Wink of Stella glitter or add a scattering of sequins or enamel dots. For this card, however, I didn’t think it was appropriate.
See you next time,
Independant Stampin’ Up demonstrator in Eindhoven and surrounding area
Eventhough I Always enjoy celebrating the good moments in life with others, I also think it is important to remember the not so good moments. Like the anniversary of the death of my ex-collegue and mother of my friend. I make it a point to always send my friend a card that day, just to let her know I’m thinking of her. And also so she knows, her mother isn’t forgotten.
This time I made a quick and simple card with the products from the Eclectic Suite. Using Wisteria Wonder ink I stamped the petals layer of the flowerd from the Oh So Eclectic stamp set. Next I stamped the outlines in the Elegant Eggplant colour. The leaves are stamped in Pear Pizzazz ink. This colour complements all other colours and, as far as I’m concerned, is perfect for leaves, grass or as a fresh accent colour to your project. It is a must have for anyone who enjoys stamping. After stamping, I cut out the images using the coordination dies from the Eclectic Layers Thinlits Dies set. To give it a little something extra I cut out an extra flower outline from some gold metallic paper from my stash. I made a cardbase from some Sahara Sand cardstock and cut a strip onto which I stamped the Thinking Of You sentiment. The sentiment is from the Crazy About You stamp set which unfortunately is no longer available. I cut a banner end to the strip and nested it between the layers of flowers and leaves. I attached everything using Tombow Multi Mono Liquid Glue en Stampin’ Dimensionals.
These are not the most fun cards to make, just because the memories that they bring back aren’t Always fun, but they are the cards that leave a mark on the recepiants heart. I know my friend always appreciates it when she knows I sympathise with her and I always will.
Since I began as a Stampin’ Up demonstrator, I have been placing orders. Of course I want to incluede a little thank you for my customers, just as my demonstrator used to do for me. Which is why I made this card to add to an order along with a little gift.
The base is a piece of Whisper White cardstock measuring 8,5 x 17cm, which I scored and folded in the middle to make a square card. Because this customer bought products from the Painted with Love Suite (Spring/Summer Catalogue page 18/19), I decided to use the colours from the cardstock pack as jumping of point (Calypso Coral, Melon Mambo and Powder Pink). On a scrap of Whisper White cardstock I stamped the flower from the Oh So Eclectic set in Calypso Coral. The stamp layering leaves were stamped in Blushing Bride ink in order to give them a sublte hint of colour. The leaves are stamped in Pear Pizzazz ink. Using a waterbrush I picked up some colour from the lid of my ink pad to add some colour to the stem of the flower. I used the Eclectic Layers Thinlits Dies to cut out the flower and leaves. Next I randomly stamped the plus signs on to the background and glued the flower and leaves to the cardbase with some Tombow Multi Mono Liquid Glue. I used a Stampin’ Dimensional to adhere the top of the flower in order to pop it off the background. The Thank You sentiment was stamped on another scrap of Whisper White cardstock with Melon Mambo ink. I also adhered it to the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals. Now I just needed to add a message to the inside and add it to the ordered products.
Next time I’ll tell you about my first Make & Take. It was earlier this month.
A while ago, I bought the Eclectic Layers Thinlits dies by Stampin’ Up. Actually, I really only wanted one of the dies from the set. The diamond pattern spoke to me and it seemed so versatile that after lots of toing and froing I decided to do it any way. Eventually I convinced myseld that I could very well use the other dies in the set by layering them on top of one another. You see, I didn’t have any more in my budget to purchase the matching stampset. Now I was ready to see what I could make with just the dies. It cost quite some time. Especially glueing all the individual diamonds but I am so proud of this card.
The first step was cutting a piece of Whisper White cardstock in two and cutting one of the halves in two again. Next I used the ink smooching techniquw to apply some colour to one of the quater panels. To do this technique you apply different colours of ink to your Craftmat. I choose to work with Distress Oxides in Cracked Pistachio, Broken China, Seedless Preserves and Iced Spruce. Then you spray some water over the ink until you see drops forming on your Craftmat and then you press your paper into the ink. The ink will mix in to eachother and you can repeat the process multiple times until you are happy with the results. It has an interesting and organic look. Next I cut the diamond pattern from part of the coloured background as well as from the other quarter white panel. Using foamblocks which were 1, 2 and 3mm thick, I attached the coloured diamonds to the white card next to the diecut background.The further to the right, the thicker the foamblocks. I attached the white panel to the coloured background using foamtape. Next I cut the different flower and foliage dies from Whisper White cardstock. I coloured the die cuts using sponge daubers and again with the Oxides in Seedless Preserves, Cracked Pistachio, Wilted Violet, Iced Spruce, Peeled Paint, Broken China, Picked Raspberry and Worn Lipstick. I glued together the layers of the flowers and began to play with the layout. When I was happy, I glued it all in place with Tombow Multi Mono Liquid glue and with foamblocks. To give it a bit extra, I attached the panel to a scrap panel of pink cardstock and attached that to a scrap piece of Coastal Cabanna cardstock by Stampin’ Up, before attaching the whole thing to a cardbase from Made by ME. To finish it of, I decided to add some sequins from the Neat & Tangles Spring Sequin Mix. I tried to use the same colour sequin as the colour it would be attached to.
The differences in height and depth keep giving this card something new to look at. I’m very pleased with it. Hopefully my friend, who received this for her birthday, was so too.