Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Jar of Love…again

I have been sick since last Friday when I woke up with that inevitable sore throat that you just know something worse is coming. It went from my throat to my nose and of course from my nose to my chest. (Let me add here that my husband’s sore throat started the day after mine.) So after countless boxes of tissues, a few sleepless nights on the couch from the pseudoephedrine that I took so I could breathe and a few bags of cough drops I am back among the living, and very thankful. I don’t do sick very well but at least it was only 5 days of a yucky cold and not the flu.

you are simplyYesterday when I was feeling quite a bit better and I went straight to my studio. The stamp set Jar of Love was still sitting on my work center from the last time I stamped. And apparently, I just wasn’t ready to move on to a new stamp set yet because before I knew it I was making another card with it. Do you like it? I wish you could see the sparkle of the glitter on it. The die cut word “amazing” is glittered as well as the flower centers. I used a favorite, retired color of mine, Mint Macaroon.

This stamp set is so versatile. In addition to today’s card that I am sharing I have also made “birthday fishes” and “you light up my life” with this stamp set. So much fun!!!

                               birthday fishes 1      light up my life

wood stampWith today’s card I started by stamping my background with my Hardwood stamp from SU using Smoky Slate ink. I did stamp it in Tip Top Taupe first, but decided that it was not a good coordinating color for the Designer Series Paper that I had chosen.

Do you remember the Sale-A-Bration stamp and die set Amazing You? Well that set made its way into this card as well. I had recently purchased a YOU die from MFT that I thought I could use for this card  but it was too big. Then I recalled I had the YOU die from Amazing You, yay!!!

you die with marksI used a special technique with this die where you don’t cut out the entire die. I wanted it to stay attached at the bottom. (Make sure the length of your cardstock is cut to the size you need before you do this. It will be much easier.) Then I taped down my die with repositionable tape to my cardstock. I used my ruler to measure and made marks where I wanted the cutting of the die to stop.

Next I lined up the top cutting pad of my Big Shot at those marks so that when I ran it through my Big Shot that end of the plate would be where it stopped cutting. Without a plate covering the bottom of my die there is nothing to put pressure on the die as it rolls through, hence it doesn’t get cut.

you die how to cutyou die cut

you die exactoI wanted the YOU die cut to stay attached at the bottom so next I used my glass mat, ruler and exacto knife to cut away the top portion I did not want.

you die cut with dspAfter I got this trimmed up I attached it to the back of my DSP. This particular paper came from a retired pack I had on hand called Succulent Garden.

you tracedI wanted to stamp my jar image in the background, behind my die cut. Lining things up to do this is so easy. I placed my DSP where I knew I was going to attach it, the traced around the Y and and top edge with a pencil so I’d know where to put my stamped image. I didn’t make the tracing too dark because I knew I would have to erase it after I finished my stamping. And remember…always use a white eraser to do this so no residue gets left behind to discolor your project.

green glass1Something really amazing happened next. I was so happy. I had to show my happy accident to my husband because I was so excited. When I first stamped my jar image I used Mint Macaroon ink. But I felt like this color was going to get swallowed up buy the card and it needed to be darker. I didn’t want to have to start over at this point so I decided to attempt to stamp over the Mint Macaroon image with my black Memento ink. The result of my imperfect attempt was short of AMAZING to me. The Mint Macaroon halo around the black ink made me think of the old antiqued mason jars that had a slightly green tint to them. Do you know what I’m talking about? Do you recall those? I loved this effect!

leavesNext I added the stems to my jar. I used a long stamp that was taller than I wanted so I just used a mask to protect the rest of the card.

yellowsThis card was coming together nicely. Next decision I had to make was flower colors. I decided that yellow, or more specifically So Saffron, would go well, but I wasn’t sure which color could be the darker color for the second part of the flower image. Trial and error led me to So Saffron for the first stamp and Crushed Curry for the second stamp. You can see I also tried Dijon Mustard and Hello Honey, but they just didn’t work for me. For the smaller flowers I went with Mint Macaroon of course. I stamped off for a lighter color for the first stamp and then I did not stamp off for the second stamp.

you are simplyYes, these colors worked nicely together!! I die cut my flowers and stamped the ARE SIMPLY in Mint Macaroon ink on a small piece of white cardstock and cut it out by hand. I die cut AMAZING from white cardstock as well. I used my glue pen on AMAZING and then sprinkled it with Dazzling Diamond glitter. Time for assembly. I popped the flowers in place, I adhered down the YOU DSP panel, I added some natural twine and tied a bow, popped the ARE SIMPLY words, dotted the centers of my popped flowers with my glue pen and sprinkled glitter on them and then adhered the glittered AMAZING die cut. I attached my finished card face to a Mint Macaroon card base and done! Hope you enjoyed my post!

I think the fabulous ladies at my stamp club are gonna get to make this card for their make n’ take next month. I think they’ll like it!

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