I have a pretty card for you today, using a retiring stamps and dies. It’s called Wisteria Wishes, but they are made into Lupine instead :O) And I confess (confession is good for the soul), the design is from a demonstrator in Australia, Gail Ellis. We made this in card class Thursday.
I’ve used Basic White Thick card stock for the card base, fence posts, flowers & stems. Soft Sea Foam card stock was used for the die cut leaves. Inks were Orchid Oasis and Soft Sea Foam.
Begin with a card base 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 scored at 4 1/4. Remove 4 -5/8 x 5 1/2″ strips from the card front and set aside. Die cut 6 ‘posts’ using the long banner die from the Harvest Dies. These dies and coordinating stamp set, Quiet Meadow, are carrying over to the new 2023-2024 Annual Catalog.
Close the card with the short front side facing up. Place a long length of washi tape or something similar, and with the sticky side up, attach in the center of the short front side. The tape should form a sort of ‘T’ when looking at the card front. Lay a 5/8 x 5 1/2″ strip so it aligns with the card back and sticks to the tape. Place two other lengths in between the spacing of the short front and bottom edge of the front. It is helpful to have this card on a grid paper to keep everything straight. Adhere the two outside posts to the ‘fencing’. Once this is done the card will be much more stable. :O) When adhering the posts, I did not use the full length of the post. It should be about 5/8″ up on the card front and about 3/8″ from the edge. Remove the sticky tape and adhere the center post. Turn the card over and adhere three posts on the inside. Cut off the overhanging edges of the ‘posts’. That was the hard part! The rest is pretty easy.
Stamp the set of three wisteria flowers in stamped off Orchid Oasis ink. Stamp the detail stamp in full strength Orchid Oasis ink.. Do this twice so there are two sets of blooms, then die cut with the Wisteria Dies.
Stamp the stems in Soft Sea Foam ink, also twice, and die cut with the appropriate die from Wisteria Dies. Adhere the first set of stems to the far right edge of the card and attach with with liquid glue. Attach one set of blooms with dimensionals overlapping the stems. Use the photo for reference. Adhere the other set of stems with liquid glue. Note placement by referring to the photo. Adhere second set of blooms, also with dimensionals, overlapping as necessary.
Die cut the sentiment banner from Basic White Thick card stock. Stamp the sentiment in Orchid Oasis ink. (The sentiment I chose required me to tape off a portion of the sentiment, ink, remove tape and stamp on the banner.) Adhere banner in place with dimensionals.
Leaves: I die cut three bunches of the leaves from Soft Sea Foam card stock, then used a sponge dauber and Soft Sea Foam ink to darken areas of the leaves. I trimmed down the second bunch of leaves: one branch to fit under the sponged leaves and another to fit on top. Again, refer to photo for placement. I added retiring 2022-2024 In Color Matte Dots in Orchid Oasis and the front was complete.
For the inside… on a 4 x 5 1/4 in panel of Basic White, I adhered the third branch of leaves to the far upper right. I wanted to make sure, it would be covered by the largest part of the card front. I stamped the rest of the sentiment in Orchid Oasis ink. Just as before, I taped off what I didn’t want, inked the stamp, removed the tape and stamped on the panel. This was adhered to the inside of the card & voila! Love, love, love!
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