If you ever wonder why our blog hop theme is not pertinent to the current month, it’s because we need to plan forward to avoid that last minute crunch. Making a card the night before is so not fun because, sure to donuts, your creative brain will be on vacation.
The month of March brings St. Patrick’s Day. If you are like me and don’t have anyone Irish in your family or social circles you could make a birthday or thank you card using green tones.
I make a lot of birthday cards and there are many birthday stamp sets to choose from in the Occasions catalogue. There was one particular greeting that caught my attention:
Diet be dammed – a birthday is the perfect time to indulge. And if you look closely, you will see a shamrock and a good luck greeting. So, if you need to make a St. Patrick’s Day card, you can.
I was planning to make a birthday card as I have one coming up in March but then I decided to make a card for my daughter as she will be starting a new job in March and Good Luck will be perfect. The name of this stamp set is Amazing Life.
This stamp set is available bundled with the Stitched Rectangles Framelits. You save 10% when you purchase bundles.
I was so excited to hear that Stampin’ Up! was producing a set of rectangles. We asked for them and they heard our cries. They compliment our other stitched circles, ovals and squares collections. The greatest benefit to these are that you can easily cut out nested frames. I found this graphic on Pinterest by Wendy Cranford (thank you Wendy) that shows the measurements and layering pieces you can cut. Copy and paste this into a document and print and cut out and keep with your set of framelits, like I have done.
If you’d like to use this layout for one of your cards, here are the details. Use your own colour combinations.
Start with a regular 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inch card base in Basic Black.
Cut the first black layer to measure 4 x 5-1/4 inches.
Cut the first DSP layer to measure 3-3/4 x 5 inches.
Adhere these together and wrap a strip of ribbon and adhere to the back. Cut another small piece and tie a knot. Adhere this completed piece to the card base.
For the next layers, use framelits #3 & #4.
# 3 is cut from Basic Black.
#4 is cut from DSP (I used Botanical Butterfly DSP available as a SAB item)
Add dimensionals to the back and adhere to the card.
The top two layers (for the greeting) are cut as follows:
Basic Black – 2 x 3-1/4 inches
Whisper White – 1-3/4 x 3 inches
I stamped the greeting and the shamrock using Memento Black ink and coloured with Stampin’ Blends, in two shades of green. Be sure to wait a minute to allow the black ink to thoroughly dry before colouring. Adhere these layers together and then add to the card.
I hope you try out this card layout using your own combination of colours and DSP. I would love to see them. You can post them to my new Facebook Group called “From Me To You Paper Crafters”.
Please comment below and tell me what you think. Enjoy the other cards by our contributors.