Story of Elegance

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Today, I’m sharing a card that I made with the Thoughtful Expressions bundle (stamp set and coordinating dies.)

I love the sentiments in this stamp set, but what motivated me to purchase the bundle is the hummingbird in the stamp set and the the beautiful dies.  I’m only using two of the dies in the project, but I plan to use them all on future projects because they’re so versatile.  Anyone who knows me knows that I love, love, love them and look forward to hanging my feeders out back every year.

As the title eludes, I started with a black and white card when I worked with this set for today’s card.   I had to fight myself not to add a red band around his neck as ruby-throated hummingbirds are the ones that frequent my feeders in the summer.

Here’s what I created:

 

The lovely floral is simply stunning when replicated in black and white card stock.  I chose to mount the hummingbird using foam sheets to highlight him without adding color.  When I had completed my stamping, I felt like the card needed a little something.  I tried gems and didn’t like that because it hid the flower centers too much.  So I decided on glitter champagne Pops of Color.  I liked this best because they were translucent enough that the flower center still shows and it also adds a tiny bit of texture.

 

Elegance Made Easy

Following are the quick steps to recreate this card.

First, make your cuts:

  • Basic Black card stock 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″
  • Basic White card stock – 4 x 5 1/4″ (two pieces)
  • Die cuts:
    • Stamp the hummingbird in black ink onto a scrap of Basic White card stock and cut using the coordinating die in the bundle.
  • Punches
    • None

Stamp the perimeter of one of the Basic White panels with the largest floral image in the stamp set using a crisp black ink.  I started by stamping the corners and then filling in the sides of the panel.

Adhere the stamped panel to the Basic Black panel and then to an A2 card base made with Thick Basic White card stock.   (Note: An A2 card base is made by cutting an 8 1/2″ x 11″  piece of Thick card stock in half on the long side.  Score the 5 1/2″ by 8 1/2″  (half sheet) of card stock at 4 1/4 “.)

Next, stamp the sentiment onto the card front.  (Use a positioning tool such as the Stamparatus or the Misti to ensure your sentiment is properly aligned before stamping on the card front.)

Add the die cut hummingbird to the panel using Foam Adhesive Sheet that has been cut to fit behind the bird.

Dot the centers of the flowers with Pops of Color.

Stamp a flower in the corner of the second Basic White panel using crisp black ink and add to the inside of the card.

Complete the project by stamping the card front and flap with the floral image in crisp black ink and add Pops of Color to the flower centers to coordinate.


Finding Your Creative Elegance

In the end, the beauty of paper crafting lies in its ability to connect us with our own creativity and with others. It’s a chance to slow down, unplug, and create something beautiful and meaningful with our own two hands. So why not give it a try today? You never know where your creativity might take you.

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Have a lovely weekend!
I’ll be back here Tuesday with another card to share.
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