Monday, 23 March 2020

HELLO SUNSHINE! - Under My Umbrella Bundle

So who's feeling a little bit cooped up and in need of some craft therapy?

MEEEEEEEE!!!!!!

I have been busy today home learning with the kids - I am a teacher by training, but teaching your own in the home is a whole 'nother ball game - and we had zero notice to get prepared!

But our school has been fantastic and there are so many wonderful resources out there - we are spoilt for choice.  Seriously, however, I am using this strange (and sometimes scary) time to just focus on fun and family.

If you know me then you will know that my fun lies very much on the creative and crafty side of life, so I am back on my blog to share this with you.  For fun.  So join me here and on my Facebook Page where you can find LIVE (and replay recordings) of my tutorials.

So here's a card I made earlier....to coin a well-loved Blue Peter phrase!



It's not perfect - in fact I made many mistakes - which I will share with you, but in the end it turned out nicely and I do like it's bold, red theme.

This card started life as my first experiment with this Bundle.  The Under My Umbrella Bundle gets you the punch and stamp set together with a 10% discount on their individual prices, so it is well worth a look.

I originally created the card as a simple Whisper White folded card.  I punched out the circle from the front of the card and I also punched out a circle on a piece of scrap sticky note.  Inside the card I then stuck the sticky note down inline with the punched circle window and used a sponge dauber to create an ombre effect for the sun.  When this had dried I stamped the sentiment in Momento Ink.

Around the circle window on the front of the card, I set about stamping the small flower images.  It was easy to avoid overlapping as this is a photopolymer stamp set and therefore see-through.  I finished it with a cute pair of wellington boots (gum boots to some!) and then used my Stampin' Blends to colour the images in.  Here is where I came across my first issue....

The Blends are wonderful colouring tool and I absolutely love how they, well, BLEND!  They are and alcohol based ink and have a very heavy saturation, so of course what happened was the colour bled through the card stock onto the other side.  This was not the look I wanted at all!


Yes - even Demonstrators get it wrong sometimes - in fact plenty of times.  The key is not to let it put you off and to be adaptable.  A bit like this whole Social Distancing malarky!  We just have to roll with it and adapt.

So.....tenuous link aside....how can I fix this?

Well I went back to the circle punch and removed the sponge-daubed circle and kept it aside.  I then trimmed the front of my card down to 13.9cm x 9.5cm.  I then prepared a card base in Poppy Parade by scoring an A5 piece of card at 10.5cm.

Holding the newly trimmed card front in position I applied glue to my sunshine circle and stuck it down through the window on the card front, so that it lined up perfectly.  I then added Stampin' Dimensionals to my card front and stuck that down in the correct position to show the circle but with a bit of a raised look to it.

I like how the Poppy Parade background pops the colours on the card now.

I finished with a little twine bow for interest and added an insert layer, which i stamped simply in Memento with an added motif or two and a friendly sentiment.

I hope you like this card and if you would like to join me this week over on my Facebook Page you will see me make this card and another using the same Bundle.  I would love to see you there!

Measurements

Poppy Parade card base - 14.8cm x 21cm scored at 10.5cm (5 1/2"x 8 1/2" scored at 4 1/4")
Whisper White card front - 13.9cm x 9.5cm (3 3/4" x 5")
Whisper White insert - 14.2cm x 9.8cm (3 7/8" x 5 1/8")


If you would like to make this card yourself - here are the links to the supplies I used which you can purchase from my online shop.

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