Thanks so much for stopping by! I'm so glad you are here. Today's post is a follow-up to yesterday's Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Rose Wonder stamp set and coordinating Rose Garden Thinlits. If you haven't had time to travel through the hop, I hope you'll do so. There are some wonderful ideas by some very talented Stampin' Up! demonstrators from around the world. To see the line up of blog hop participants, click here. To begin the hop, click here.
I was immediately drawn to the Rose Wonder stamp set because of the truly lovely greetings and sentiments. But I wasn't sure I wanted to invest in another floral stamp set. The coordinating Rose Garden Thinlits were very pretty, but seemed rather limited. So I pondered...but when I began seeing all the great ideas for using this combo, I succumbed. And I'm so glad I did!
One of the more fun ideas that sold me on the Thinlits was the idea of paper piecing the large rose with leaves thinlit. Some demonstrators used coordinating cardstock colors to create depth and shading for the rose and leaves. I wondered what would happen if I used Designer Series Paper for the paper piecing. So I looked through my stash of Designer Series Paper and decided to go with some vivid pops of color using the Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Stack.
This card begins with a card base of Basic Black cardstock. A piece of paper from the Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Stack was matted with a slightly larger piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and attached to the center of the card front.
A piece of Basic Black cardstock was die cut with the Big Shot using the rose with leaves thinlit from the Rose Garden Thinlits. The die cut was adhered to a piece of Peekaboo Peach cardstock using teeny tiny dots of Multipurpose Liquid adhesive. The Peekaboo Peach cardstock was trimmed with Paper Snips to create a border around the outside of the die cut.
A Peekaboo Peach/Flirty Flamingo/Sweet Sugarplum/Very Vanilla swirl pattern piece of Playful Palette paper was placed under the rose area of the rose with leaves thinlit and die cut with the Big Shot. The pieces of the paper inside the rose area of the die cut were carefully removed from the thinlit so that they are arranged on the work surface in the pattern of the die cut. The individual pieces were adhered to the Peekaboo Peach cardstock inside the rose area of the thinlit cut from Basic Black cardstock using teeny tiny dots of Multipurpose Liquid adhesive.
Pieces of Emerald Envy/Very Vanilla crossed line pattern were placed under the leaves area of the rose with leaves thinlit and die cut with the Big Shot. The pieces of paper inside the leaves area of the die cut were carefully removed from the thinlit so that they are arranged on the work surface in the pattern of the die cut. The individual pieces were adhered to the Peekaboo Peach cardstock inside the leaves area of the thinlit cut from Basic Black cardstock using teeny tiny dots of Multipurpose Liquid adhesive.
Tip: In some areas, the paper pieces are so tiny that the adhesive may ooze out and get on the Basic Black die cut. To remove the adhesive, wait until it dries and then use the Adhesive Remover to pick up the bits of adhesive on the Basic Black.
The completed paper piecing was adhered to the card front. The decorative oval frame image, from the Rose Wonder stamp set, was stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock using Peekaboo Peach ink. The "Happy Birthday" greeting was stamped at the center of the frame using Emerald Envy ink. The frame was die cut with the Big Shot using the coordinating frame from the Rose Garden Thinlits. The greeting was adhered near the top right of the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.
The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with Very Vanilla cardstock. A piece of Peekaboo Peach cardstock was adhered behind a piece of Playful Palette Designer Series Paper. The paper was adhered along the bottom of the liner.
The "congrats" image, from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set, was stamped near the upper center of the liner using Emerald Envy ink. The "Sweet" and "Friend" images were stamped below the "congrats" image using Peekaboo Peach ink.
So you may be wondering why I used another stamp set for the sentiment when I made a point of saying that the sentiments in the Rose Wonder stamp set were so lovely. For some reason, the sentiments just didn't seem to have the right "feel" for this card. This card has such a graphic feel and the sentiments in the Rose Wonder stamp set seemed a bit too formal. When I looked through my stamp sets, the words and phrases in the Thoughtful Banners stamp set were a better fit.
A piece of Playful Palette Designer Series Paper was adhered to the envelope flap. The excess was trimmed from the flap using Paper Snips.
This card was a little more time consuming than most cards that I make but the results were certainly worth the time spent. I hope you'll consider this paper piecing technique when you are looking for alternate ways to use your intricate thinlits dies. It's a great way to use up all those Designer Series Paper scraps you are reluctant to get rid of!
Card Measurements --
Basic Black: 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4" along the 8-1/2" length, 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"; Peekaboo Peach: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2", 1/2" x 4"; Very Vanilla: 2 @ 4" x 5-1/4", 2" x 3"; Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Stack (black background with color dots): 3-7/8" x 5-1/8", 1-1/4" x 4", 2-1/4" x 6"; Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Stack (color swirl): 4" x 4"; Playful Palette Designer Series Paper (crossed lines): 1-1/2" x 2", 2-1/2" x 3"
Supplies I used for this card --
Stamps: Rose Wonder, Thoughtful Banners; Inks: Emerald Envy, Peekaboo Peach; Cardstock: Basic Black, Peekaboo Peach, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper: Playful Palette Stack; Adhesives: Fast Fuse, Multipurpose Liquid, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools: Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform and/or Precision Base Plate, Rose Garden Thinlits; Other: Medium Whisper White Envelope