Today's blog post is a follow-up to Monday's Stamp Review Crew Sale-A-Bration Free For All Blog Hop featuring items that you can earn for FREE with a qualifying order during Sale-A-Bration. I hope that you've had a chance to take a tour through the hop to see all the really creative ideas designed by this amazingly talented international group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators. To see a list of the blog hop participants, click here. To begin the hop, click here.
The cards I find most difficult to make are Get Well Cards and Sympathy Cards. I think it's because the events associated with these types of cards are some of the more difficult life events we face--whether in our own lives or in the lives of our friends and families. I tend to make these cards as they are needed so that I can tailor the card to the recipient. However, my stamp club members have been asking me to design these types of cards for them to make and when I saw the Inside The Lines Designer Series Paper in the Sale-A-Bration brochure, I realized that these beautiful designs would be perfect for cards with a more solemn intent.
I also wanted to share the gift card holder technique with my stamp clubs that is included with this card design. I thought that a gift card would be a great gift for someone under the weather, recovering from surgery, or undergoing a series of procedures. Think about it. There are gift cards for just about anything these days; so why not a gift card for the local pharmacy, grocery store or restaurant that delivers, Netflix, online shopping sites, etc. You get the idea. Instructions for creating the gift card holder are available in a post from January (click here). I just love the simplicity of how the pouch for the gift card holder is created and anticipate that I will be using this design very often.
Since the instructions for the basic card design are already out there, I'll focus on the decorative aspects of this card. We'll begin with the focal point.
The card base for this project is Perfect Plum cardstock. The piece of Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate, silver side facing up, was adhered at the center of the folded card front using Tear & Tape adhesive applied at the center of the folded panel. [Tip: Be aware that the silver side of the Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate has a removable film attached to protect the foil. You need to remove this film before using the acetate. Most of the time, the film starts coming loose when you cut the acetate. If it doesn't just roll your fingertip over the edge of the acetate and it will begin to peel back.]
A panel of Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper was colored with Watercolor Pencils. For this card, I scribbled each of the colors on watercolor paper and then picked up the color with a Blender Pen to color the designs on the paper. This way, the Designer Series Paper doesn't get too wet and pill or pucker. If you don't have Watercolor Pencils, you can use ink from your stamp pad pressed to the lid and picked up with the Blender Pen and applied to the paper. The great thing about these methods is that no matter how dark or bright the actual color is, when using a watercolor technique the colors are more pastel unless you keep adding layers of color to darken them up. For example, the purple color you see in the flowers is Rich Razzleberry which is a whole lot darker in real life than what it appears in watercolor form. To achieve the Rich Razzleberry color, I would have had to apply multiple layers of the color. However, the watercolor version is just perfect to coordinate with the Perfect Plum card base.
You can see that the paper design I chose for this card is pretty busy. I could have taken the time to color in all the flowers and leaves on the design, but felt that if I had the overall effect would have overwhelmed the greeting. So I chose a few types of flower groupings to add color and interest and left it at that. By the way, the colors I used are: Real Red, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Calypso Coral, and Bermuda Bay.
The Designer Series Paper was matted with a slightly larger panel of Pear Pizzazz cardstock and then a slightly larger panel of Blushing Bride cardstock. The focal point was adhered to the acetate on the card front using Tear & Tape adhesive.
Silver Metallic Thread was looped four times around my slightly spread fingers, pinched together at the center, and then adhered at the center of the focal point. The "Comfort & Healing To You..." greeting, from the Flourishing Phrases stamp set, was stamped on Whisper White cardstock using Perfect Plum ink. The two leaf image, also from the Flourishing Phrases stamp set, was inked with Pear Pizzazz ink, stamped off on a scrap of paper, and then stamped over the greeting twice, reinking and stamping off for each stamping. The greeting was die cut with the Big Shot using the Layering Ovals Framelits. A slightly larger oval from the Layering Ovals Framelits was used to die cut a piece of Silver Foil Sheets. These pieces were adhered together and applied to the center of the focal point using Stampin' Dimensionals.
The inside sentiment area of this card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock. A strip of the Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate was adhered along the right edge of the liner. Finding a way to hide the adhesive for the acetate in this location was a bit of a challenge. For the focal point, the adhesive is hiding under the left side of the focal point. Since there's nothing sitting on top of the acetate for the liner, I had to go with an adhesive that would coat the entire surface of the acetate. Unfortunately, Stampin' Up! doesn't sell that kind of adhesive...so I used my Xyron "X" to make the acetate piece a sticker.
The two leaf image was stamped along the left edge of the liner using Pear Pizzazz ink (stamping off before stamping on the liner). Note that the leaves also move along the top left corner of the liner. Be sure that they don't extend beyond the right edge of the folded Perfect Plum card front. The "With Warmth & Caring From Me" sentiment, from the Flourishing Phrases stamp set, was stamped at the left center of the liner using Perfect Plum ink.
The greeting was stamped near the lower left front corner of the Medium Whisper White Envelope using Perfect Plum ink. The two leaf image was stamped along the lower left and bottom edges around the greeting using Pear Pizzazz ink stamped off before stamping on the envelope.
When I prepare the card kits for my stamp clubs, I always make at least 5 more kits than the anticipated attendees in case a member brings a guest. Whatever kits I have left over I make up before I put the supplies away and put them in my stash for my own use. The Flourishing Phrases stamp set gave me some great choices for a variety of focal point greetings. Now I have gift card holders in my card stash for Weddings, Get Well, Congratulations, and Just Because.
Card Measurements --
Blushing Bride: 3-1/4" x 4-1/4"; Pear Pizzazz: 3-1/8" x 4-1/8"; Perfect Plum: 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Whisper White: 2" x 3", 4" x 5-1/4"; Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate: 2-1/2" x 4", 1" x 4"; Silver Foil Sheets: 2" x 3"; Inside The Lines Designer Series Paper (Sale-A-Bration): 3" x 4"; Silver Metallic Thread: approx. 36"
Supplies I used for this card --
Stamps: Flourishing Phrases; Inks: Pear Pizzazz, Perfect Plum; Cardstock: Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, Perfect Plum, Whisper White, Silver Foil Sheets; Designer Series Paper: Inside The Lines Sale-A-Bration, Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate; Embellishments: Silver Metallic Thread; Adhesives: Fast Fuse, Tear & Tape, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools: Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Blender Pens, Watercolor Pencils, Classic Label punch, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform, Layering Ovals Framelits; Other: Medium Whisper White Envelope; Non-Stampin' Up!: Xyron "X"