I have such mixed feelings when the Stampin' Up! retiring list is released. This year, the fateful day fell on April 10. So it's been a couple of weeks that I've had to get over it. But it's tough.
Why mixed feelings? As so often happens, many of my favorites land on that list, only to disappear forever. At least, from current catalog offerings. Heartbreaking. But, on the other hand, retiring product means that Stampin' Up! is making room for more cool and new product! Yay!
Anyway, one set of Thinlits that I thought was too cute to only spend one season in the Occasions Catalog is the Timeless Tags Thinlits Dies set, found on page 23 of the Occasions Catalog.
I wanted to use this bundle while it was still considered current,
so my girls made the following card at the March Stamp-In:
The "leading" for the stained glass daisy is diecut from Basic Gray cardstock.
Then the background, daisy center and leaves are "painted" in.
Do you like the embossed background? With the Petal Burst embossing folder, NOT retiring,
thank you very much, I embossed Vellum Cardstock (page 175 of the big catalog).
I love the look of embossed vellum! Don't you?
Not a whole lot of dimension in this card, but just pleasingly enough.
How would you like a tutorial on how to re-create this card? Are you ready? Yeah? OK, let's go!
Whisper White cardstock
Island Indigo cardstock
Daffodil Delight cardstock
Basic Gray cardstock
That's the Tag set (page 23 in the Occasions Catalog -- RETIRING!)
Daffodil Delight ink
Island Indigo ink
Wild Wasabi ink
Timeless Tags Thinlits Dies (page 23 of the Occasions Catalog -- RETIRING!)
Stitched Shapes Framelits (COMING IN THE NEW CATALOG! June 1)
Petal Burst embossing folder (page 195 of the regular catalog)
Fold a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of Whisper White cardstock in half, creasing it well with a bone folder.
Run a 3 3/4" x 6 1/4" piece of Vellum Cardstock through the Big Shot inside the Petal Burst embossing folder. Fold the top and bottom of the vellum tightly to the back of a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Island Indigo cardstock, adhering it on the back.
Wrap the short edges of a 1" x 5 1/2" piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock around the edges of this piece about 1 1/2" down from the top of the vellum, adhering it in the back. Repeat this same process across the top of the yellow piece with a 1/4" x 5 1/2" strip of Island Indigo cardstock, and then a piece of Island Indigo baker's twine, adhering both on the back of the larger piece.
Towards the bottom of this piece, wind a length of matching baker's twine twice around, tying it into a bow about 1" from the left side of the vellum.
NOW you can attach this piece to the white card base.
From Basic Gray cardstock, die cut the daisy in an oval. Adhere this to a 2 1/4" x 3" oval diecut from Whisper White cardstock. Using an Aqua Painter dipped in ink that had been pressed into the lid, color in the sky, flower center and leaves in Daffodil Delight, Island Indigo and Wild Wasabi ink respectively. Adhere this oval to a large Stitched Oval die cut from Island Indigo.
Use Stampin' Dimensionals to attach this to the card front.
On a scrap of Whisper White, stamp the sentiment in Island Indigo and the frame around it in Daffodil Delight. Die cut this piece using the center of the other oval frame. Attach this to the card front over the double baker's twine with a couple Stampin' Dimensionals.
Even if you don't make this specific card, be sure to remember on occasion to grab some vellum cardstock and emboss it! It is such a glorious look.