I’m a slow stamper. I know that. I rarely “whip up” a card in an instant. But I hate when one takes two days. Why should a card take two days?! Is it really worth the effort? Sometimes. It depends on the recipient. It depends on how much time you have on hand, whether your tools are in working order and how many mistakes you make. (Do you sense trouble coming?)
It’s Been a While
Today’s challenge at Cornish Heritage Farms is to use vellum cardstock. After a lot of trial and error (emphasis on the “error” as I think I used six sheets of vellum), I decided to use the vellum as my base. I added the matted strips of Basic Grey’s new Ambrosia and stamped the flower and sentiment from Silhouette Blooms II onto the center “window.” The ink takes a bit of time to dry but if you lightly zap it with a heat gun (one that WORKS), that will speed the process. And you have to CAREFULLY dry the ink or your vellum will warp and you’ll have to either start over or deal with a very bendy card. (I’m sure you know how I know this. On the brighter side, at least nothing caught on fire.)
I cut a second piece of vellum cardstock, stamped the French Script backgrounder and adhered that behind the window. You may want to set the card aside before inking the backgrounder just in case you DROP it and have to start all over.
To give the inside a more finished look, I added a white border to the inside front. I also adhered a piece of white cardstock to the inside back (using glue dots) for a handwritten note.
As a final touch, I cut one of the butterflies from the patterned paper, adhered only the center of the butterfly to the front window and bent up the wings. So after a lot of wasted paper, too much time and a few choice words , I was happy with the result.
Check out these other CHF designers to see what they did with vellum cardstock:
On a personal note, my son has his surgery tomorrow. I’m nervous and stressed, as any mom would be. I’m trying hard not to worry too terribly much and hoping tomorrow is a cake-walk compared to last summer. I’m not looking forward to the surgery, but I am looking forward to all of this being over. Hopefully this will be the last one.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day!
Stamps: Cornish Heritage Farms Silhouette Blooms II (Kim Hughes Collection), French Script Backgrounder Ink: Palette Noir Black by Stewart Superior Paper: Vellum cardstock; Prism Black, Super Smooth White; Basic Grey Ambrosia 6″ x 6″ paper pad Accessories: Brads (American Crafts). Card size: 5 ½” x 4 ¼”.