Thursday, 22 June 2017

Graceful Gardens "Inches"

Hello, Crafters.

It looks like our heatwave is about to break! Well, it was lovely while it lasted! 

Do you remember when "inches" were the in-thing with cardmaking a few years ago? 

There was a mini-revival a couple of years ago, but unfortunately it didn't mount to much. 

Today's card is my take on an inches card except I haven't adhered my image to small cardboard tiles. 

I chose the large rose from the Graceful Garden Stamp Set, which I stamped onto a piece of Whisper White Cardstock (CS) using Basic Black Archival Ink. 

Then I used Powder Pink and Pear Pizzazz Marker Pens, and coloured the image. 

I also stamped the image onto a large Post It Note, and then cut it out so I could use it as a mask. 

I covered my painted rose, and then I stamped the patterned imake from the same set in the bottom right hand corner using Sahara Sand Ink.

In the top left-hand corner, I stamped the splatter stamp from the Touches of Texture Stamp Set. 

I cut my image sheet down to 3 3/8" x 4 1/2". This enabled me to cut the image into twelve 1 1/8" squares.

Then I layered them onto twelve 1 1/4" Pink Powder CS squares. 

Fortunately, I have a retired Stampin' Up! 1 1/4" square punch, so that was very quick and easy!

Once my twelve squares were ready and I started working on a layout, it was very obvious that our normal A6 (A2) card size was not going to be big enough. 

I made a Whisper White CS card base that measures 7" x 5". 

I added a layer of Powder Pink CS, and then a top layer of Whisper White CS. 

As I made my layers, I kept watching to make sure everything looked balanced. 

Unfortunately, I was left with a relatively small space for the sentiment. 

Given the size of the image, I needed somethng with a bit of body! 

I decided on the ribbon and thought I'd stamp a sentiment on a piece of Whisper White CS that I could adhere over the ribbon.

Then I remembered something I'd seen on a swap I received, I think, at the OnStage Concention in Telford last year.

The demo had stamped a sentiment onto a strip of ribbon! 

I haven't tried before this but it worked beautifully. 

The sentiment is from the Birthday Blossoms Stamp Set. 

Have you tried this technique? Do you know if there are any do's or dont's i.e. does it matter what type of ink is used or the type of ribbon used? 

I think this needs to be a video, hopefully next Wednesday!

The strip of ribbon on its own wasn't substantional enough so I layered it onto a piece of Whisper White CS, which was layered onto a piece of Powder Pink CS.

I added three pearls either side of the the sentiment. 

To finish my card, inside the card I added a sheet of Powder Pink CS and then a top layer of Whisper White CS. 

I stamped the smaller rose from the Graceful Garden Stamp Set in the bottom right hand side. 

I coloured it in the same way as the main image on the front page.

That's about it for today. Until tomorrow, happy crafting.



  1. Beautiful card, as always. Thank you.

    1. Hi, JennieC. I'm pleased you like this card and hope you give it a try! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB,

  2. Really lovely, Jan. I've always liked "inchies" and this one is so pretty. Never knew I could stamp the sentiment onto ribbon! Brilliant! Will try that next time.

    1. Hi, Joeytipping. I don't hear anything about inches or stamping on ribbons nowadays! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.

  3. Wow! This looks great! But ... rather tedious and time-consuming too, if you'll pardon my saying so, but such an attractive finished result. I confess, I am not familiar with this "inches" technique which you reference here, but I quite like it. Isn't that neat that you were able to stamp the sentiment directly onto the ribbon! Very well done! TFS

    1. Hi, Geraldine. Cutting and mounting the squares was surprisingly quick and easy; especially for the Powder Pink layers that I was able to puch out! LOL. Maybe inches didn't really take off? ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.

  4. Love this card...may be a lot of work, but some times I like to do a 'hard' one!...Please do a video...I'm such a visual person. lol

    1. Hi, Beverly. I'm so pleased you like this card. I'm hoping to make a video for Wednesday next week! ☺ Happy crafting. JanB.