If you've been following me for a while, you might know that I leave stamp sets and papers out on my desk a bit longer than I should. What I SHOULD do is put everything away when I'm finished a project, then start anew with the next project. What I DO do is walk away and do something else. So, when I return to my work table, there's stuff waiting for me. And I frequently look at it and ask, "Why not just try another project with this." And so it was this week with the Mixed Borders Stamp Set from the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog.
I decided just to go with the overall layout of the last two cards, but this time mix up the border stamps just a bit.I used the floral border in one of my Wednesday cards, but this time I added the leaf border in with it to create a more complete border picture. It's so easy to do this with Photopolymer stamps because you can see through the stamp exactly where you're going to place it. It's certainly possible to do this with rubber stamps and a good stamp aligner tool such as the Stamp-a-ma-jig. But I do so love not to have to go through all those steps to make a project like this!
The layout for the older cards used a 1" strip of Whisper White Cardstock for the stamping, so that's what I used for this project. However, the "Thank You" stamp in this set is higher than 1". Why do I always make assumptions like this? Lazy? Probably. Anyway, this needed to be a Thank You card for a lovely dinner we had at a friend's house over a week ago (yes, the card is late!). But I didn't have far to go to find the Endless Thanks Stamp Set. Once I stamped the Thank You from this set, I realized I liked it a lot better than the original Thank You stamp. The Endless Thanks image is so much more delicate and goes well with the delicate floral design.
The colors for this card are Night of Navy and Garden Green. I stamped the floral image with the Navy and the leaf image with the Green. Then I used a blender pen with some ink I had on the covers of my stamp pads to color in the images. That's how I made the coloring look lighter than the outline of the images.
To texturize the background of the large Whisper White Cardstock layer, I used the new Petal Burst Embossing Folder. I considered using ribbon for this card as I did with the other cards, but chose instead to use some Daffodil Delight Enamel Shapes in the center of the flowers. Overall, I think that this card turned out to be just as elegant as I'd hoped. And I hope that the person who receives it likes it just as well!
Now here are the Stampin' Up! products I used for this project. Click on any of the pictures to go to my Stampin' Up! online store to learn more about them – and even to buy them! Whatever you do, have fun with your crafting this coming weekend!