Today is Thursday, the 4th day of 2018. How did it get to be the 4th? Before we know it, it will be summer and this winter season of frigid record-setting temperatures will be one for the history books. Life is passing quickly, so make the most of every day!
Today’s card is another sympathy, which is why I guess I am brought to the realization once again of how brief (in the big picture) is our time here on earth.
The Sale-A-Bration catalog has some wonderful items you can choose, for FREE, with a purchase of $50. One of those is the stamp set I chose to use today, Heartfelt Blooms.
This stamp is one of Stampin’ Up!s new Distinctive stamps, that is to say, photorealistic. I love this one.
I began by stamping the image in Smoky Slate on Smoky Slate card stock. This panel was mounted on a mat of Berry Burst. A piece of Berry Burst Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon was wrapped around and taped on the back. This panel was then adhered to the card base with Liquid Glue.
For the sentiment, I again stamped the design in Smoky Slate, this time on Whisper White card stock, and cut it with a Layering Ovals Framelits die. Using Berry Burst and the sentiment from Heartfelt blooms, I stamped the sentiment over the flower image. To give the oval more definition, I simply rubbed the Smoky Slate Classic Stampin’ Pad around the edge, making a nice, even, narrow band of gray. This was adhered to a Berry Burst scalloped Layering Ovals die-cut. Using Stampin’ Dimensionals I adhered this layered oval to the card front.
For the inside, I again stamped the floral image in Smoky Slate on Smoky Slate card stock, this time placing it more in the corner. Then, leaving room for my sentiment, I stamped the corners of my panel with the floral image.
The sentiment is from Heartfelt Sympathy and is stamped in Berry Burst. This panel was adhered to a Berry Burst mat and into the card base.
For the Whisper White Medium Envelope, I stamped the floral image in Smoky Slate twice on the flap and just in the corner on the front.
I need to state here that, while it is not so obvious on the gray, the imperfections of this stamp took on Huge Proportions when it was stamped on white. I kept trying to get a good image, and finally realized that the stamp had holes in it. This prevented a clear image no matter what I did. The more I stamped, the worse it got!
Stampin’ Up! stands behind their products, and, while it doesn’t often happen (this is the first problem I have had), there are times when an imperfect product is shipped. Before I got off the phone with their support team, a new stamp was on its way to replace the faulty one.
I debated about showing the envelope on this blog, but I think you all need to know that this company does indeed stand behind their products and will replace a bad one. I think this is the third envelope I did, and I am not proud of it. The recipient of this card may get a naked envelope!
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Card Cuts: Smoky Slate: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, floral panels front and inside 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″; Berry Burst: mats 4″ x 5-1/4″, scalloped oval 3″ x 3-3/4″; Whisper White: sentiment oval 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″