Don’t you just love free gifts! I recently talked about the fact that I am planning on cataloguing all of my crafting supplies and this includes the numerous free gifts I receive with my magazine subscription. This is a card I have made today which features the lovely Hydrangea set that came with Issue 160 of Simply Cards and Papercrafts.

What I used to make the Hydrangea card

The products used are:

How I did it

I first used some purple low tack tape to fasten the stencil down on some basic cardstock. Using a basic Pinflair Spatula I spread the Embellishment mousse over the stencil, first the Lilac Lavender over the Hydrangea flowers and then the Spring Green over the leaves.

Once this part had dried, in my case several hours later but you could use a heat tool to speed up the process. I have this nice Pink one which I use quite often, but not today.

I then cropped the cardstock around the Hydrangea image and matted this onto some of the Pastel Pink Mirror cardstock. I chose a background from the Dreamees Blossoming Buds CD Rom. You could create your own background image with the matching stamps if you have time but I wanted to make a quick card and it took me no time at all to look through the CD Rom and chose a suitable image for the backing paper.

The background paper was cut to 14cm by 20cm which I matted onto some more of the Pink Mirror Card and used my Perfect Layers Tool (the 1/16 edge) to cut a perfect border around the edge. I used the tool to mat the main Hydrangea image too. I don’t think I have made a single card when I have not used the Perfect Layers tool. I confess I am not great at eyeballing a project and getting a perfectly symmetrical border, this tool takes all the guesswork out of this for me.

I then used some of the Pastel Green Mirror Card with the included embossing folder and created the border. I did this through my trusty Gemini Die Cutting and Embossing Machine. I know I have talked about this machine before but I just love it. The plates are so lightweight and the machine itself is pretty quiet for a machine of this type. I totally believe it is Fibro (and Arthritis) friendly.

Once the panel was embossed I cut it down to size and mounted this and the main Hydrangea image panel onto the front of the card with my Collall All Purpose Glue.

(A quite note I finished my penultimate bottle of Collall doing this so I hopped online to order more and at the moment Crafters Companion (see the link above) have it on sale with three bottles for the usual price of two, I don’t know how long this will last so if you love it as much as I grab some whilst you can get this bargain.)

I finished off the front by placing the card into my Tim Holtz Stamping Platform (read more about this here) and lined up the butterfly and greeting and stamped them with the Lulu Lavender Memento. I have to confess before having the Stamping Platform I would not have risked using stamps at this point in case the image did not stamp correctly and I ruined my card. None of these worries now 🙂

I have not included an image of the insert but I simply brought the background paper image into Serif Craft Artist and added the greeting “I just wanted to take this chance to tell you…” in my favourite font Pinyon Script, you see this Font at the bottom of all my main images where I write the website name.

I hope you like the card and it has given you some ideas about how to use stencils stamps and embossing folders together.

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