This post is a follow-up from last weekend's Stampin' Addicts Occasions Catalog Blog Hop where I featured the That's The Tag stamp set with the coordinating Timeless Tags Thinlits. If you haven't had a chance to go through the hop, I hope you will take the time to do so. You'll see some wonderful ideas for using the great new items from the Occasions Catalog by some very talented Stampin' Up! Demonstrators. To tour the blog hop, click here.
I don't think that we can live our life in this world without some sort of difficult challenge (or two or three) from time to time. It's just a part of living. We do our best to meet those challenges, overcome them, and move on. It's what you do. However, watching someone you care about struggle as they work through these challenges can sometimes seem more upsetting than actually meeting the challenge yourself. We want to reach out to our loved ones to encourage them, let them know that we care about their struggle, and cheer them on. I think this card does just that.
This card begins with a card base of Sahara Sand. A slightly smaller panel of Soft Sky cardstock was adhered at the center of the card front. A piece of Falling in Love Designer Series Paper was cut apart on the diagonal. For this card I used a 3-3/4" x 4" piece of Designer Series Paper: the 3-3/4" measurement is the width and the 4" measurement is the length. The Stampin' Trimmer on my desktop has the widest part of the grid to the right of the cutting strip. Place the paper at a diagonal across the cutting strip of the Stampin' Trimmer so that the top right corner of the paper rests on the 3/4" line of the horizontal ruler to the left of the cutting strip at the 6" mark of the vertical ruler on the cutting strip. This will put the bottom left corner of the paper at the 2-3/4" line of the horizontal ruler to the right of the cutting strip at the the 7/8" mark of the vertical ruler on the cutting strip. You can see this in the photo below. Hold the paper in place with your fingertips and then use the cutting blade to cut the paper.
Using Versamark ink, stamp the large scallop lace border image from the Delicate Details Sale-A-Bration stamp set along the diagonal edges of both pieces of the cut paper, cover the images with Copper Stampin' Emboss powder (tapping off the excess back into the container), and then heat emboss the images. Adhere the top piece of the paper to a panel of Copper Foil Sheets (cut slightly smaller than the Soft Sky panel already adhered to the card front) with the top, left, and right edges of the paper an equal distance from the top, left, and right edges of the Copper Foil Sheets panel. Adhere the bottom piece of the paper to the Copper Foil Sheets panel with the bottom, left, and right edges of the paper an equal distance from the bottom, left, and right edges of the Copper Foil Sheets panel. You'll see that you end up with a diagonal opening of 7/8" where the Copper Foil Sheets panel is visible along with the thin border around the edges of the paper.
Using the oval tag framelit from the Timeless Tags Thinlits, die cut a piece of Soft Sky cardstock using the Big Shot. With the same oval tag framelit and a piece of Copper Foil Sheets, add the butterfly inset inside the tag frame (as shown below) and die cut with the Big Shot. Be sure to gather up the small butterflies and set them aside. You'll be using them later. Using Staz-On Jet Black ink, stamp the "thinking of you" greeting from the That's The Tag stamp set at the center of the Copper Foil Sheets tag.
Using Multipurpose Liquid adhesive, attach the Copper Foil Sheets tag to the Soft Sky tag, lining up the die cut hole at the top of the tag. Flip the tag over and place Tear & Tape adhesive against the outside edge of the Soft Sky tag and then adhere Very Vanilla 1/2" Lace Trim along the outside edge of the tag making a small fold every 1/2" to create a "gather" effect. Begin this process on one side of the die cut hole and end at the other side of the die cut hole, folding the ends over to create a neat edge. (See photo below)
Thread a piece of Very Vanilla 1/4" Satin ribbon through the die cut hole and attach tag to card front using Stampin' Dimensionals. Trim ends of satin ribbon with Paper Snips.
The inside sentiment area of the card is lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. A thin strip of Soft Sky cardstock was added to the bottom edge of a strip of Falling in Love Designer Series Paper and then adhered along the top edge of the liner. Using Sahara Sand ink, stamp the "I know you can get through this...because I know you." sentiment, from the Sending Thoughts stamp set, near the upper center of the liner. Using Multipurpose Liquid adhesive, adhere the die cut butterflies to the liner.
Using Sahara Sand ink, stamp the "thinking of you" greeting from the That's The Tag stamp set near the lower left front corner of the Medium Very Vanilla Envelope. Using Soft Sky ink, stamp the flourish line around the sentiment to "bracket" the greeting.
I think this card is a very nice way to send a warm hug of encouragement to someone both near and far.
Card Measurements --
Sahara Sand: 4-1/4" x 11, scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Soft Sky: 4" x 5-1/4", 2-1/2" x 3", 1/2" x 4"; Very Vanilla: 4" x 5-1/4"; Copper Foil Sheets: 3-7/8" x 5-1/8", 2-1/2" x 3"; Falling in Love Designer Series Paper: 3-3/4" x 4, 1" x 4"; Very Vanilla 1/4" Satin ribbon: 6"; Very Vanilla 1/2" Lace Trim: 11"
Supplies I used for this card --
Stamps: That's The Tag, Delicate Details (Sale-A-Bration), Sending Thoughts; Ink: Staz-On Jet Black, Sahara Sand, Soft Sky, Versamark; Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Soft Sky, Very Vanilla, Copper Foil Sheets; Designer Series Paper: Falling in Love; Embellishments: Very Vanilla 1/4" Satin ribbon, Very Vanilla 1/2" Lace Trim; Adhesives: Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals, Multipurpose Liquid, Tear & Tape; Tools: Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Embossing Buddy, Copper Stampin' Emboss powder, Heat Tool, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform, Timeless Tags Thinlits; Other: Medium Very Vanilla Envelope