As I was putting away the dies I used for my hot air balloons on Monday, I saw the Timeless Tags Thinlits Dies which I haven’t used yet.
I don’t know if I’m alone in this, but sometimes I buy things that don’t actually get used! Nooo!!
That’s where the inspiration for today’s card came from.
The idea to use the envelope paper (EP) was inspired by two things.
First, I received a lovely thank you card from a friend in Australia and Lindsey had used some 2016 – 2018 EP for matting.
I chose to use Watermelon Wonder, which is from the 2015 – 2017 InColours EP, because these colours will be retiring at the end of May, and I want to use the out going colours so I can make room for the new colours!
I started by die cutting one of everything from the Timeless Tags Thinlits dies and laying them out in front of me.
Then I looked at the That’s the Tag Stamp Set in the Spring catalogue to see how Stampin’ Up! had used the bundle. I was off!
I stamped the dotted oval twice, then die cut them and I also die cut the no. 3 Stitched Shape Oval Framelit Die.
On the tag with the dotted line, I die cut the curve of leaves and on the stitched oval I die cut the line of butterflies.
I rejected these because they looked too busy with the decorative edging on them - see the last photograph.
I've one stamped tag that I’ll use for stamping an image on and maybe adding a 3D butterfly or flower but I certainly won't be die cutting the curve - they just didn't go well together!
Once I found the no. 3 stitched oval didn’t work, I die cut two no. 4 stitched ovals, and then die cut the leaves from one and butterflies from the other.
I die cut the curves from the two plain die cut tags and they fitted beautifully, too.
Five of these cards and five of the co-ordinating tags, in a co-ordinating divided box would make an excellent Thank You gift for someone! (Oh! Maybe a video!)
To make today’s card I started with a base of Watermelon Wonder Cardstock (CS), a layer of Whisper White CS and a top layer of the Watermelon Wonder Woodgrain EP from the 2015 – 2017 InColours EP.
I adhered the three pieces together using Tombow.
Then I used Basic Black Archival Ink and stamped the sentiment more or less in the centre.
On a scrap of Whisper White CS I stamped the small flower, with two leaves and coloured them in using my marker pens.
The colours I used are Delightful Dijon, Cucumber Crush, and Watermelon Wonder.
I die cut the flowers and adhered them into position using Tombow.
Then I adhered the image to my card front, again, using Tombow.
I made the gift tags in more or less the same way and added some Watermelon Wonder Lace that is now retired.
I lined the inside of the card with a layer of Whisper White CS and stamped the small flower, which I then painted as before.
My final touch was to paint the centre of each flower with the Gold Wink of Stella Glitter Pen.
This was a really lovely collecton of dies and I thoroughly enjoyed working with all the different elements.
Yesterday I had four new mini storage towers for my desk delivered – that’s my first job today, a major overhaul of my working space! Must go and get started!
That’s it for today. Until tomorrow, happy crafting.