Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Shopping Our Stash Challenge #390 : Fabulous February

Hello, Crafty Peeps!
The fortnight (two weeks) challenge at Shopping Our Stash is:
Fabulous February.  
Make something inspired by February's stone (amethyst) or February's flowers (violet or iris)
 I realized long ago that there were many fabulous card designers out there creating "floral" cards and it seemed dumb to even try to do the flower thing. 
That was then, this is now.  Facing serious health issues changes how one sees so many things in life.  For the past four years, crafting has been a port in the storm for me. It has been my family's barometer for measuring how well I was doing on any given day. I have returned to the passion that made me fall in love with this hobby in the first place. I create for the pure joy of creating! 
Violet Passion
I don't know why I haven't used this Sizzix Die over the years because it is one of my absolute favorites.   For this challenge, however, I decided to continue my personal challenge of creating CAS projects, using "ancient" stamps and dies and learning at least one new technique each week.  Using old stuff is the essence of SOS Challenges. 

Personal Challenges Met:
1.  CAS Design
2.  New Technique: Splattering
3.  Ancient Supplies:  Sizzix Die, Hampton Arts Stamp, Vellum Paper, Purple Heart, Bling.

What I Did
1.  Cut a piece of heavy-weight white cardstock to 4.25"x11.50" (A2 card base)
2.  Make a banner cut at one end of the paper.  
3.  Score at 5.50" and fold.  Burnish with a bone folder.
4.  Cut a piece of white cardstock to 4.25" x 5.50".  Place this inside your folded base and trace the banner.  Use your trimmer or scissors to cut out the triangle shape.
5.  Emboss or use a background cut plate on the banner end only of your base.
6.  Repeat the embossing or die cutting on the small banner piece.  Use double-sided tape to adhere the small banner to the back of the banner shape on your base.  Make sure the embossed/die cut design is facing out.  If you want to wrap ribbon or twine, attach it before you glue the banner panels together.

7.  Cut a piece of vellum to 4.00" x 5.25".  Stamp your sentiment and heat set.  Place aside to dry.
8.  Cut a piece of white cs to a size that will allow you to place and cut your dies.  Blend your inks to achieve an ombre effect.   Splatter ink on opposing colors.  I also added gold splatter.  Arrange your dies on the sheet and cut.
 9.  Form your flowers and assemble.  I used double-sided foam tape between each layer except the bottom flower that is to be attached to the card base with double-sided tape and wet glue.
I created a card box to avoid crushing my flower!

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