Hi, There, Stampers!
Do you recall that, in my last article, I said that the Sale-a-bration Wonderful World Bundle is my current favorite? Well, here it is again, although it’s just the Designer Series Paper this time, without the stamp set.
Dragonflies Are Everywhere!
I started out wanting a card with a “bug.” I was initially thinking butterfly, but then expanded into dragonflies. If you look in the Stampin’ Up! 2022-23 Annual Catalog, you will see dragonflies in a number of places – stamps, dies, and punches. For this card, I used a Dragonfly Stamp from the Dragonfly Garden Stamp Set. Then I added some somewhat die-cut dragonflies from the Pretty Pop Ups Die Set. I started to look for a dragonfly in the current Mini Catalog. But before I opened the catalog, I noticed the Wonderful World Designer Series Paper lying on my work table. The floral print with the Mossy Meadow background looked just like a place where a dragonfly might hang out in the summer. So I had the main products for my card.
“Somewhat Die Cut”?
What I meant by that phrase was that the little dragonfly that I used in the background for the sentiment layer is not a full die. Just some of the dragonfly lines are cut. The idea is that you can leave the dragonfly image embossed on your cardstock with just the wings completely cut out. Then you can bend the wings to give the layer a bit of a 3-dimensional feel to it. This die comes from the Pretty Pop Ups Die Set, which includes three large dies and six other small dies, all with the same feature to them.
The reason I wanted some kind of “bug” in my project was that there was a challenge to use a bug in a card. In my world, I consider dragonflies “bugs.” So I went looking for dragonflies. I chose the stamp with multiple little dragonflies, from the the Dragonfly Garden Stamp Set for my main stamp. For some reason I think of that stamp as having the dragonflies flying up at an angle. So an angled layer became my main stamped layer. To make this layer, I just stamped the image multiple times on a vertical piece of Basic White Cardstock. Then I laid it down on the Designer Paper on which I was going to glue it and and trimmed the overlapping corners.
The Background Papers Are From Sale-a-bration
The pretty floral print on a Mossy Meadow background is the most noticeable print from the Wonderful World paper set. But there’s another print on the card also. Looking back, I definitely should have chosen something that would have stood out more as an accent to the dragonfly stamped layer. The Flirty Flamingo paper, die-cut with the strip die from the Scalloped Contours Dies is also a print from the Wonderful World paper set.
Finishing the Card With a Sentiment
The sentiment is from the Dragonfly Garden Stamp Set, and I stamped it with Rich Razzleberry Ink to match the accents on the card. I cut it out using one of the ovals in the Double Oval Punch. There’s another punch in play here, and that’s one of the punches from the Lovely Labels Pick a Punch which I used to punch the ends of the Razzleberry Paper that holds the sentiment.
Off on Vacation
As I write this, I’m just a couple of days away from leaving on vacation and a long road trip. This is not our first road trip, but the last one was in 2006, before we moved to Hawai’i. Not much in the way of road trips available out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean! So we’re doing a bit more prep as not only was the last trip almost 16 years ago, we’re also 16 years older. It will definitely be interesting. I say this because, while I have a few more cards to share with you, I don’t have any more made with either of my “favorite” Sale-a-bration products. I’ll have more when I get back in August!