Today I had an idea for a card, and my card ended up looking JUST like I wanted it to – unlike yesterday's disaster.
To begin, I had a challenge – the biweekly Stampin' Up! Only (SUO) challenge in fact. The challenge this time was to make a card with a shape other than a rectangle or square. With all the different Sizzix Dies that Stampin' Up! has in its catalog, this should be no problem.
But I had to make it more difficult than it needed to be. I wanted to make a Hexagon Shaped Card!
And I finally figured it out! This card is made from a folded 4-1/4" x 5" card base, with the fold at the top (the 5" side of the card). I'll be making another of these cards later this week or next, and I'll let you know then how to get a copy of the tutorial for it.
For this card, I used the Butterfly Basics Stamp Set, which I bought as a Photopolymer set. I love that I can see just where I'm stamping something with this style set! The colors I chose for the card were Mossy Meadow, Tangelo Twist and Baked Brown Sugar. Except for the main fern leaf on which the die-cut butterfly is perched, I stamped the inked stamp on scrap paper once before stamping on the Very Vanilla Cardstock that I used for the stamped layer.
I made the butterfly with the middle sized die in the new Butterfly Thinlits Die set. This makes such a stunning butterfly which fits so many kinds of paper crafted projects! I cut the die using Tangelo Twist Cardstock. Did you know? There's a great "sandwich" recipe for cutting thinlits. Thanks to fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrator extraordinaire, Patty Bennett for this! The Sizzix die sandwich is this: from the bottom up, a platform (I like the magnetic platform); a cutting pad; a piece of a plain dryer sheet (yes, the thing by your dryer); the cardstock; a piece of waxed paper (yes, the stuff in your kitchen); the thinlit die; and another cutting pad. What an easy way to use these delicate dies!
On the inside of this card, I added the Happy Birthday stamp from the same stamp set, and accented it with another little stamped butterfly – this time fully inked!
If you have a favorite shaped card or want to try one out, just stop by the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge Blog, first to get ideas, and then to enter your own project in the challenge! It's so much fun!
Here are the two main Stampin' Up! products that I used for this card. What great products from the Stampin' Up! 2015 Occasions Catalog!