I have had my broken foot out of a boot for over a week, and I am moving around so much better than I have been for the past 3-1/2 months. Yay!
It’s also just about the New Year, with the Christmas Holiday season about over and all my Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog stamps and papers packed away. That means that my Stampin’ Up! craft work is also now back to “normal.” Normal means that there birthdays coming up and I don’t have to put my stamps aside to get to something that’s not holiday-themed. I can just get regular stuff out!
Unfortunately, it’s also the time of the year when I have friends who are getting the flu and bronchitis and even worse (broken legs, heart attacks, yikes!). So it’s not just birthday cards that can get made without interruption, it’s also Get Well cards.
I needed this card to be something of a masculine card as it is for the husband of a friend who recently had a heart attack. Serious stuff, but he’s doing all right and I really wanted him to have a card. When I think about masculine cards, I move away from flowers and go to Dragonflies. They’re so graceful when they’re moving around our garden, and seem to be free to do whatever they want. So that’s pretty much what I want to wish someone with a Get Well card.
With the dragonfly this time, I also wanted something with a musical theme as the gentleman in questions is one of our favorite local musicians. I briefly dragged out my Holiday Catalog paper than had musical notes on it, but it just wasn’t the right kind of musical theme. Then I remembered that I owned the Sheet Music background stamp. Once I got that all figured out, I just needed some sentiments for both the inside and outside of the card. “Get Well Wishes” from the Teeny Tiny Wishes Stamp Set worked for the card front, and the “Get Well Soon….” stamp from the Thoughts and Prayers Stamp Set was perfect for the inside.
When it came down to layers, I decided to sponge the edge of the stamped sheet music using Soft Suede Ink, and carried that color through to the mat for both the main layer and the dragonfly as well as to the inked sentiments. For an embellishment, I chose the 3/8″ Basic Black Shimmer Ribbon. It nicely matches the color of the Basic Black Ink that I used for the Sheet Music stamp. Oh, and rather than just have a plain piece of Soft Suede Cardstock behind the dragonfly, I texturized it using the Pinewood Planks Embossing Folder. I think that made for a nice touch!
I stamped the dragonfly from the Dragonfly Dreams Stamp Set using my new Stampin’ Up! Stamparatus tool. What a time saver this tool is! I only had to stamp this set of 3 images once, and they aligned perfectly. I was perhaps a bit too impatient with the Detailed Dragonflies Thinlits, as I could have been a bit closer with the die-cutting. But I like the way that the Vanilla color on the edge of the dragonfly die-cut coordinates with the Vanilla background of the stamped music.
Here is information for all of the products that I used for this card, EXCEPT FOR THE STAMPARATUS! It will be in the next Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog, beginning in June 2018. BUT it’s also available for you to reserve it early right now if you’d like. The reservation period goes through December 30, 2017. Just click on the link above to the right and click on the button below “Reserve Yours Now!”