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Saturday, July 10, 2021

Color & Contour, Pansy Patch, Birthday Card, 2021-2022 Stampin' Up! Catalog

This pretty card came from Pinterest. You can see the original card here.  I did click on the link and there is a video on how to make this card. I did click on the link and I did follow along with the video. I did skip through some stuff to get to the how to of the card. I don't often follow videos because they take way more time than to just see all the measurements and go from there. You're stopping and replaying and then going on. When it's in print, it's all in front of you. I think that vidoes are great for more difficult cards or projects.   

Here's how this card went together. The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Fresh Freesia card stock. This card opens at the bottom and the fold is at the top. 

Cut a 1" strip of Designer Series Paper (DSP) at 5-1/4" x 1".  This DSP is from the 2021-2022 in-color 6" x 6" stack.  You could make 6 cards from just one sheet!  I made one!  Though I might take out some retired DSP and give this layout a try, it's a great way to use up some of that paper in my stash.

Next I the Basic White piece was cut at 3-3/4" x 5-1/4" and the scalloped edge die was used to make the cute edging along the bottom of this piece. I lined it up so it was just above the edge of the card stock. I probably had about 1/8" of white showing. I used some post it note tape to hold it in place and then I die cut it. I set this piece aside for now.

The center panel piece was cut at 2-1/4" x 5-1/4" and was stamped using the flower from the "Color & Contour" set with black Memento ink. Christy (the designer of this card) did show how she set her stamps on her blocks so she would know how to quickly line up the solid piece. What I did was I took both stamps and found were they lined up. I then took a black Sharpie and made a dot on each stamp so I knew that would be the "top" of my stamp.  Now I never had to guess where it will line up and if I turn my first stamp, it will be easier to know where to stamp with the second one.  I just like it when I can make things easier for myself.  And just lining them up on your block without any marks works well to but you have to do it every time you use the set. Making a single dot you only have to line them up once!  Okay, back to the stamping. Once the outline part was stamped then the petal image was stamped using Fresh Freesia ink. 

The dotted images are from the same "Color & Contour" set and were stamped using Gray Granite. They were stamped over the flowers too. You don't need to be careful stamping them. 

The center of the flowers were colored in using the dark So Saffron Blends pen.

This piece was then taped to a 2-1/2" x 5-1/4" piece of Fresh Freesia card stock. This piece was then taped to the scalloped edge Basic White piece. You need to leave a 5/8" space at the top for the ribbon and for some white to show.

The "Open Weave" Fresh Freesia ribbon is cut at 7" long and attached on the backside using glue dots. I also used a little bit of scotch tape to hold it.  Then a 5" piece of ribbon was cut and slipped under the taped piece and a knot was tied. The ends were trimmed.  This piece was then taped in place on the front of the card base.

The words are from the "Pansy Patch" set using Fresh Freesia ink.  On the original card the words from the "Color & Contour" set were used. It read "You're Absolutely Amazing" but I didn't want to use that because I wasn't sure what category I would be storing it in.  It must be some type of congratulations, perhaps a "general" congratulations???  I don't know, so I went with the birthday wording.

Once the words were stamped, I die cut them with the cute dotted die from the smallest rectangle in the "Scalloped Contours" dies.  I did order the bundle.  There's even a die to cut out that flower image too!! I love the 5 rectangles in this set.  Anyway, once the words were die cut, I set them in place using Dimensionals.  In the video it's suggested you add the gems first before the Dimensionals. I add them whenever.  I often add the Dimensionals and then notice that the card could use something more. I add enough Dimensionals to the back of the piece so it's stable enough to press on something else later.

I didn't have the gems that were used on the original card so I took some rhinestones and I colored them using the dark Highland Heather Blends pen.  It was just enough purple to blend with the Fresh Freesia and no one will know they are two different colors.  Well, unless you tell them. I'm not telling.  LOL

This was a very fun card to make and I REALLY do love the look of that finely dotted large scallop. It adds a lot ot the card. And I can see myself making more using this layout. It would also make a very nice Thinking of You card, Get Well card or Mother's Day card. 

Thank you SO very much for taking your time to see this sweet birthday card,

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