14 September 2021

Happy Retirement featuring Penned Flowers Dies

 Hello crafty friends!

Today I'm sharing a card that an old friend of mine asked me to make for her work colleague who is retiring.  The design is cased from the very talented Connie Stewart from SimplySimpleStamping.com.  Her You Tube Tutorial for this card is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBGuJ575NbY.



I've adjusted the measurements so that my finished card measures 4 1/2" x 7".  I like to make cards a little larger for special occassions as I feel it's more appropriate.  I used Connie's tip and used scrap paper to work out my template and I'll include them below.

This card features the Hand-Penned 12" x 12" Designer Series Paper and the co-ordinating Penned Flowers Dies.  The flowers were die cut from Basic White cardstock and coloured using a combination of Light Calypso Coral and Light Papaya Stampin' Blends.  Love the end result which shows a subtle mix of both colours. Stampin' Up! don't have a Blushing Bride Combo in the Blends unfortunately, so I went and mixed other colours to get a result I was happy with.


The background behind the die cuts was created with the Checks from the Checks & Dots Embossing Folders using Misty Moonlight cardstock.  A small scalloped edge was die cut in Daffodil Delight.  Three Pearl Basic Jewells were added to each of the flowers and as a final touch I added Blue Adhesive-Backed Gems.  My sentiment comes from the Many Happenings Stamp Set. 

The message stamped in the centre comes from Inspired Thoughts and fitted the occasion perfectly. After stamping in Misty Moonlight, it was die cut from one of the label dies from Tasteful Labels.  This was glued to a piece of Misty Moonlight die cut from one of the scalloped rectangles from Stitched So Sweetly Dies.  I modified this die-cut to shorten it to allow the top label to be more centred. If you had other dies in your collection, you could easily swap them for these two steps.


Cardstock Measurements:
Card Base:            7" x 11 1/2" and score at 1 3/4", 3 1/2", 5 1/4" and 7" along the longer side
Card Insert:           8 1/2" x 6 3/4" scored at 4 1/4" along the longer side
Front Mat:              2 1/2" x 3 3/4"
Middle Mat:           1 1/2" x 3 3/4" 
Mat for Card Insert: No larger that 2 1/2" x 3 3/4" (so it's hidden under the front)
Scraps for each sentiment
To create the folds place your card base into your paper trimmer 1 1/2" on the right hand side and carefully cut from the top score-line down to the third score-line. Then place your cardstock into your paper trimmer over to 1 1/2" on the left hand side and again, carefully cut from the top score-line down to the third.  If you use the ruler on the blade guide, the cut starts at 1 3/4" down to 5 1/4".  
I found this to be the easiest but if you think you can work it out, you can just score to the cut-line on each side for the first score line and the third but this means making the cut-line before scoring.  It's a little trickier but the end result has a better finish.
DSP Measurements:
1 1/2" x 6 3/4" (two of these)
1 1/2" x 1 1/4" (four of these)
1 1/4" x 3 1/2" (in a co-ordinating pattern for the middle)
4 1/4 x 1/2" (two strips in the same as the middle piece of DSP for the front of the card insert)            

Thank you so much taking the time to drop in. I hope I have inspired you and if you like what I have shown or if you have any questions, please leave them in the comments section below.  
Take care, stay safe and have a great day! 
Monica xx

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