Last weekend I attended the Happy Stampers Spring Stamp Festival at Port Sunlight. As usual, there was a competition, this year entitled ‘Fresh as a Daisy’. It had a size limitation and the stipulation that it contain mainly stamped images, of course.
Over the years I have entered this occasionally (won once) and always enjoy the making of a card for this event. By just being given a ‘title’, it means you have to think a little about what exactly you’re going to do rather than being given detailed instructions.
I didn’t think I had any daisy stamps in my collection until I started searching. The main image on my card is the Daisy Tag Plate from Elusive Images, stamped onto watercolour paper and ripped along the edges. The body of the card is two junk CD’s hinged together, I coloured all sides of the CD’s with alcohol inks and then stamped miscellaneous small daisies in green versafine ink over the front and back.
I covered the hole in the centre of the disc with a punched circle from another stamping of the daisy – purple on purple and edged with purple. I did something similar inside the front cover and just a plain disc of purple paper to write a greeting on inside the back piece. On the inside of the front disc you may be able to see where I tried stamping the daisy script, it’s only faint but adds a little ‘texture’.
My crop-o-dile was used to punch the holes for the hinge and for the eyelets – I’ve included close-ups of these as someone was asking how to get them neat. It’s so easy to mangle the reverse of an eyelet if you use too much pressure, just a light squeeze is needed and, if it’s not quite right, then another light squeeze until you’re happy. It punches through the disc sooooo easily though, I love that tool.
I used some purplish eyelets on this project and dyed some beige cord with the alcohol inks to match the disc.
I apologise for the glare on the photos, the tag is very reflective! It was made with Fantasy Film and some fibres between the two layers. I stamped the tag ( “Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them”, Eyeore) with green Staz-on and cut it out of the fantasy film sandwich. It’s attached to the cord with a jump-ring which is what you can just see through the eyelet close-up!
This shows the differing interpretation of the theme! My good friend Janet, who I went to the Festival with, entered the competition for the first time this year. I wanted to get a shot or two of the whole table-full of entries but, as permission hadn’t been asked of each entrant, then I was advised not to. Shame really, I have no idea which card won, nor of the runners-up – I shall ask the organisers if there’s a way they can show the winning entries in future.
Anyway, Jan used her Carols Cube (not only available here, of course, this is just where we both bought ours!) to stamp the daisies before cutting them out and glittering – wouldn’t be Jan’s if it weren’t glittered! The flourishes are from Elusive Images (I think!) and she’s used lots of daisy brads to attach the layers. You can just make out the lovely card she used for the base, it’s got some beautiful swirls of colour and shimmer all over it and she used the technique I taught at Stamp Club for the fold which prevents cards doing a ‘Bambi’ as I mentioned in another post about some Diamond Anniversary cards.