I'm so pleased the Christmas catalogue is now live, today has been a long time coming! I hope you're just as impressed with it as I am!
The card I'm sharing with you today is something a little bit different.
Hubby asked if I could make a Congratulations card for one of his work colleagues who's been with the company for 30 years.
The reason this card is a bit different is that I've used some non-Stampin' Up! dies for the word Years.
Nowadays, I only use non-SU products when we don't have a comparable product and, at the moment, that applies to small alphabet letters.
I bought the Sizzix alphabet dies that I used for this card as part of a job lot that another of hubby's colleagues' wife was selling.
Apparently they'd been in their garage for years - they certainly did smell musty for a while!
The job lot also included one of the original red, pull down handle "Big Shot" machines.
My goodness, how the Big Shot has developed since then!
I started my card with a white base, then a layer of Old Olive cardstock, and a top layer of white.
I did a video a little while ago showing how to make a card like this, which I called Random Border - see below if you missed it.
The stamps sets I used for the border are Kinda Eclectic, Awesomely Artistic, and No Bones About It.
The inks I used are Old Olive, Wild Wasabi and Mint Macaroon.
The sentiment, Congratulations, is from Guy Greetings and has been stamped using Old Olive Ink. Such a superb font!
I stamped the 30 using Old Olive Ink and the Number of Years Stamp Set.
Then I die cut them using the Large Numbers Framelits Dies.
Using Soft Sude Ink I stamped two right-facing and one left-facing birds from the Thoughtful Branches Stamp Set and die cut them using the Beautiful Branches Thinlits Dies.
I had to add the birds to cover up some ink where the left-facing bird is sitting.
I also added the two thin strips of Old Olive at the top of the card to cover up a line of Old Olive Ink that came from the edge of a fairly large block I had mounted the Congratulations stamp on!
Then I added two strips at the bottom to balance everything out.
I'm really pleased with the finished card because it shows that the Random Border design can be successfully used for a masculine card!
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Until tomorrow, happy crafting.