What a great day yesterday! I met my friend Michelle for coffee in the morning and we chatted until ack! it was noon and both had to head off for other commitments. I came home to set up for my afternoon class. What a fun time we had! It’s a good thing the last couple of projects were fairly easy — we had enjoyed lots of socializing. But then, that’s perhaps half the reason to come to a class anyway. One of the attendees kept repeating – “I feel so much better”, “I am soo relaxed now”, “I am in a much better mood”. Exactly!
We played with Jar of Hearts yesterday and some of the coordinating Jar of stamp sets.
I thought I’d share one of the cards.
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This card starts with a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ Basic Black card base that’s scored down the middle.
The focal layer is a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Whisper White.
I started by stamping the jar image (you can’t see it) in Memento Black.
This gave me a reference point for stamping and arranging the other pieces.
Next, I stamped two of the large “frilly” pieces of greenery — not green here — directly onto the focal layer.
Then, it was time to stamp the various flowers and stems.
All of the stems were inked in Memento Black on Whisper White.
The flowers were all inked in Melon Mambo and then stamped off. The second and third generation of the ink were stamped onto Whisper White. The same process was repeated for the two step stamping of the flowers.
Then, it was time to die cut all of the pieces with the Everyday Jars Framelits.
At this point, I covered a strip of Whisper White with Pop of Pink washi and cut it with the lid framelit and used the large jar framelit to cut a piece of Pop of Pink designer paper.
Then, it was time to assemble the arrangement.
I worked from the bottom up. Some flowers are adhered directly to the focal layer while others were added with Dimensionals. Stem pieces are only adhered along the stem — I think this adds to the airy look of the bouquet.
After adding the washi-ed lid piece to the jar, I put the jar into place with Dimensionals. Then the trio of flowers coming over the edge adhered.
Two of the flowers near the base of the jar were tucked slightly behind the jar. By doing this it creates the appearance of dimension.
I added a small grouping of Jar of Love flowers to the inside of the card and lined my envelope with a piece of Pop of Pink designer paper. These tiny finishing touches really make a difference.
If you’d like to line your envelopes, download the template I’ve provided in the Library tab. It works perfectly with the beautiful Stampin’ Up! envelopes.
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Edited: I received this lovely comment on today’s card and wanted to share — almost as good as receiving a hand made card in the mail!
Cathy Pierce: That is the prettiest card I have seen. I have seen a lot of really nice ones but this is really gorgeous. If someone sent me this card, I would keep it forever!
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