Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Flourish Thinlits Congrats Card

Hello, Crafters.

Today's congrats card couldn't be more different from the "noisy" Star Blast congrats card I demonstrated in Sunday's tutorial on YouTube!

A week or two ago I said I was going to try and use some of my ready stamped images, and unused die cuts, rather than leaving them languishing in their colour coded Ziplock bag! 

As I've been working a lot recently with Glimmer Paper, I knew there were quite a lot of unused die cuts in the Dazzling Diamonds and Red Glimmer Paper bags.
I tried using red and white and had a nice idea but it wasn't a complete card, so it stopped there!  

Hubby walked into my studio, and I asked him if he could inspire me. 

He liked the set up with the red Glimmer Paper die cut, but like me, it stopped there. 

I showed him a picture of a card and told him I wanted to do something like that but it wouldn't work with the Dazzling Diamond Glimmer Paper. 

That's when I knew what I was going to do!
If the die cut wasn't the right colour, change it, and that's exactly what I did. 

I'm going to make a tutorial of how I made today's card and I'm hoping to have it on YouTube tomorrow morning.

My card doesn't look anything like the card I wanted to CASE but I am really pleased with the result. 

I normally make A6 sized cards but today's card is a 6" x 6", and I very rarely ever round corners but I felt this card just screamed out for them.

I used Pink Pirouette Cardstock (CS) for the base, with a layer of Whisper White CS, a smaller layer of Pink Pirouette CS, and a top layer of Falling in Love Designer Series Paper (DSP). 

I'm sorry about the bad colour on these photographs, fortunately I'm a better cardmaker than I am a photographer!

The CONGRATULATIONS sentiment is from Guy Greetings Stamp Set and has been stamped onto a piece of Whisper White CS using Crumb Cake Ink. 

I rounded the ends using my retired Word Window Punch. 

I inserted the sentiment in from the back so I could see where the rounded edge would punch, and then I turned the strip around to do the same to the other end. 

You can apply this to any punch that has a curved edge,  for example, a circle punch. 

The smaller sized punch you can use will give you more of a curve. 

To change the colour of my Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, I spritzed it. 

I could have used some Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper but that would have defeated the object of the exercise i.e. using unused die cuts. 

What surprised me most, is that I used a bottle of spritzer that has been sitting on my shelf for about four years, and I'd made it using a now retired colour called Regal Rose. 

The result is perfect for Pink Pirouette. 

When I go into my studio later today, I'll be experimenting with other colours!

Two weeks ago I shared a photograph of my home made Shimmer Spray Catched - see 7th March 2017 - it really came into its own yesterday! LOL! 

Until tomorrow, happy crafting.



  1. What an absolutely beautiful card, Jan. Just exceptional! Love how you've coloured the die-cut flourish ... and rounded all of the corners too. What a treasure for some very fortunate recipient!

    1. Hi, Geraldine. I'd forgotten the pleasure of spritzing! LOL! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.

  2. Beautiful card, love the colours

    1. Hi, Kaye. I had such fun spritzing the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper that I've featured it in today's video. I've shown four different cards I made on my blog today! Enjoy! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.

  3. Love these cards Jan, you really are a very talented lady. Do you sell your cards? If not, what do you do with all your "samples"?

    1. Hi, Jennie. So pleased you like today project, it was certainly fun spritzing! I normally sell my cards at craft fairs, although I do have one customer who emails me asking if she can buy cards she's seen on my blog, which I'm more than happy to do! I make far more birthday cards than I have friends! LOL! ☺ Happy crafting. JanB. BTW if this is more than a general question, please email me janb@janbcards.com ☺