This isn’t strictly a January card as I mailed it in December! This blog post is just showing a few recent ‘makes‘ though so I figured it would sit here nicely. It was actually made for a sketch challenge for stamping club and the letter panels are made with a stamp I’ve had for many years and really do not use enough – it’s very effective I think.
Flip Down Stack Card
I saw this tutorial at Splitcoast Stampers and fancied having a go. It’s really very easy to follow if you watch the video. I apologise for the photos – I needed to post some of these and my hubby wasn’t around to take the more professional shots but you can get the idea. 🙂 The flowers were stamped using Magenta-Cling Stamp Set-Floral Love which you can see here. The card base is from a pack of pre-decorated and folded cards and because the front is a little heavy I printed a sentiment on cardstock to line it and give it more ‘body‘.
I do love this expandable die – I cut it out of some pearlescent brown card and left a nice frame around it. The base card of 8×8 has a brown layer behind a taupe pearlescent layer which I ran through my Garden Lattice M-bossability.
I used co’re-dinations card to cut the Floral Burst die and then more of the taupe card to just emboss the die which I then cut out with scissors. I trimmed away the centre floral bits of the darker layer so that the taupe card showed through nicely. It was tucked behind some of the leaves just for a bit of interest. I made a shadow behind the greeting tag by cutting a second one in brown and cutting it in half so it peeps out both sides. It’s hard to see on the photos but that really is an elephant bead. 🙂 I added some lovely flat-back pearls from my stash for even more texture.
That’s the name given to this card by ‘American Sue‘ in her tutorial – rather fiddly but very pretty. I used Marvelous Squares (Spellbinder’s spelling – not mine :)) for most of the decoration and some Diamond Strips and Accents for a bit more interest. I think it would have worked better if I’d used double-sided card. The stamping was done with a Joanna Sheen stamp which I think is discontinued now. It was very pretty in real life but the photos really don’t do it justice, sorry.