Saturday, 6 January 2018

Lots of Lavender

Hello, Crafters.

Today's card is another one of those like Topsy in Uncle Tom's Cabin; it just grew!

For today's card I knew I wanted to use the Lots of Lavender Stamp Set, which is one of the gifts available in the new Sale-a-bration Catalogue, and I felt like doing some colouring! 

As I was going to use my Stampin' Blends, which are our alcohol-based ink pens, for colouring, I used Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, and stamped the bouquet image onto a piece of Whisper White Cardstock (CS)
The colours I used are: flowers - light and dark Pink Pirouette, leaves and stems - Light Old Olive; Ribbon and bow - Rich Razzleberry.

Using a piece of a Post It Note, I made a mask for the bouquet, so I could stamp over the background. 
I used Smokey Slate Ink, stamped off once, and the splash stamp from the new Waterfront Stamp Set (page 48). 

As I was colouring, I decided to try a technique I saw a few years ago but have never tried!

I don't know what the name for the technique is, but it's where you have part of the image coming outside the die-cut shaped image - see the stem. 

This isn't a particularly good example for this technique, but it's an excellent design to have a first go on, because I knew I could cut the stems off if it didn't work out! 

I couldn't find any Designer Series Paper (DSP) in Pink Piroutte so I chose one of the designs from the black and white designs in the Petal Passion DSP.

I coloured the entire sheet using my Stampin' Blend in Dark Pink Pirouette. 
As I was painting, the design on the reverse side of the DSP became very visible, to the extent I started thinking maybe I was creating a new design with the reverse design manifesting itself as grey! 

I was very relieved as I saw it slowly fading as it was drying!

Once my card was finished, I realised I should have chosen one of the designs which had smaller images.

I decided to have the DSP as a slim panel, rather than a full layer, because I wanted to use the happy birthday sentiment from the Vertical Sentiments Stamp Set.

Next I took two strips of Pink Pirouette Cardstock (CS) and punched out two strips using the Decorative Ribbon Border Punch. 

I rounded the ends of the ribbon strips the same way I showed in video No.341 - Gift Card Holder. 

Using Tombow, I adhered one strip on each side of the DSP panel.

I painted the ribbon borders with my Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Pen, but it would have been much easier to paint them before adhering them to the DSP strip! LOL!

Using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, I stamped the sentiment on the right hand-side of the Whisper White CS layer.

Next I adhered the DSP strip on the left-hand side, leaving a gap of approximately 1/4".

Before I adhered the layers together on the front of the Pink Pirouette card base, I tied some of the new 1/4" Whisper White Organza Ribbon around the lower ppart of the card front, and tied it into a bow.

Next I painted the flowers, leaves and stems using my Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Pen. 

As I was adding some sparkle, I also added three Basic Rhinestones above and below the birthday sentiment. 

I still have a lot of the really small pearls from the old style Basic Pearls, I added one to each of the black bobble flowers in the bouquet!

To decorate the inside of the card, I took a strip of the painted DSP and added some more punched ribbon.

I also adhered a layer of Whisper White CS, so there was a space for a message.

As I went to adhere it inside the card, I was holding it upside down which was a really happy mistake because I think it looks so much nicer at the top, like a real curtain! 

That's it from me today. I hope you have a lovely, relaxing weekend. Until tomorrow, happy crafting.



  1. Oh how beautiful!! This is my kind of card, Jan. Love all the attention to details you've given this ... it's really very exquisite! Don't you just love when these things just "happen"! Now I wish I had that Vertical Sentiments stamp set ... something I've been meaning to get "forever"! Better add it to the list NOW. Lol Thanks for a great share!!

    1. Hi, Geraldine. The vertical greetings is a great stamp set, that I only use occasionally, but when I do use it, nothing else will do! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.

  2. Hi Jan,
    This is a beautiful card.. love all the elements in the card.

    Bernice P

    1. Hi, Bernice. Many thanks. I think it's a really super stamp set which I imagine will be one of the most popular! ☺ Happy crafting. JanB.

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