Earlier this week, I found out that something I'd said in a meeting had upset a new friend. We talked about it and cleared the air when I assured her that it was just a misunderstanding and it really was an innocent comment. We agreed that we would never just assume a meaning if we felt hurt by something and would address the issue between us right away.
Nonetheless, I felt bad that she had gone all this time thinking that I'd meant something I hadn't. As I told my husband later, I never bought the Stamp Set So Sorry because I was sure that a card would never be appropriate in a situation where I had to say, "I'm Sorry." Wrong! But I didn't own the set and I wanted to make a card quickly. You know, of course, what I did next. I went to the list of Stamp Brush Sets available in the My Digital Studio catalog. There it was, and I had it within minutes! Not only that, by the time I decided I wanted that stamp set, it was ALREADY SOLD OUT!!! But the Digital Version will be around for a while.
And so I come to the end of the week in which I've featured six of the Designer Series Paper sets that are retiring at the end of next month. For today's card, I'm featuring two sheets from the Soho Subway Designer Series Paper set. I know you can't see very much of the second sheet – it's behind the main layer and it's also a mat for the two rectangles on the card front. But I wanted to muss up the edges of the papers in this card, and it's much easier to scratch along the edge of Designer Series Paper with my fingernails than it is with cardstock.
While the So Sorry sentiment definitely looks stamped, it's really printed – I placed it on a single "page" layout in My Digital Studio, colored it Island Indigo, and printed it on Very Vanilla Cardstock. The color didn't quite match the Island Indigo Classic Stampin' Pad ink, so I saved the file and then recolored it to a color that was closer to the real color. I probably didn't have to do that for a photograph for my blog, but it sure looks nicer in person. If you make a card with Stampin' Up! colors and send it to the Stampin' Up! printing service, the colors are guaranteed to match the real ink, which is really a cool feature!
The flower image is from the Love and Sympathy Stamp Set, which happens to be on the same page in the Stampin' Up! catalog as the retiring-and-already-sold-out So Sorry stamp set.
Once I had everything cut and ready to put together, I went about doing a bit of distressing. First I sponged the Designer Series Paper layers, and then each of the two Very Vanilla rectangles. I sponged the edges and also lightly sponged the central part of the papers. I then roughed up the edges of all the papers, and adhered the image and sentiment pieces on their mats. I adhered the two large pieces of papers together and then the sentiment element directly to the Designer Series Paper with SNAIL Adhesive. Then I tied a piece of the 7/16" Natural Trim around the larger pieces and tied a knot over to the left. Finally, I adhered the element with the flower on it to the larger grouping using Stampin' Dimensionals.
To finish the project, I adhered the whole group to the Very Vanilla Card Base, which I'd also sponged around the edges on the card front.
Even though the free shipping of earlier this week is over, there's still time to order products that are retiring – that offer is not up until June 4th – or until the product is sold out. As with the So Sorry stap set, that's already happened with several retiring products, so don't wait too long before ordering something that you'd really like!