floating-sentiment-cardThis is a recent card that we created in Stampers Club. Now, those of you that know me, don’t be too shocked, but YES that is a “fussy-cut” flower on the front!! I do tend to avoid fussy cutting as a general rule, especially in classes or clubs – it’s a polarizing thing (some people REALLY dislike cutting things by hand) and I also like to keep my crafting simple. However, there are times when a punch, die cut or whatever just don’t quite do it, and this is an example.

Other than that, this is a pretty straight forward card – really! It uses one image only – one of the flowers from Everything Eleanor. The sentiment is from A Dozen Thoughts and is stamped in Staz On onto a Window Sheet. The flowers are initially stamped in the centre of the cardfront, varying between first generation (ink the stamp, stamp on the paper) and second generation images (re-stamped onto paper without re-inking the stamp) to add variation and interest. The oval window is die cut from another piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, and THEN embossed with the Fancy Fan folder. Important to cut first, then emboss, otherwise your embossed pattern tends to get squashed when the cardstock is run through the Big Shot again. Stamp onto your window sheet, adhere to the back of your embossed cardstock, then put onto the front of the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. As a bonus – if you don’t like how your sentiment stamped, clean the Window Sheet with some Staz On Cleaner and you can start again!! Hand cut one flower with your Paper Snips and then adhere to the cardfront for a finishing touch.

It’s always great to have a stash of cards on hand, and a “Just Because” card is so multipurpose and so fun to receive! Remember when we were so thrilled to get an email and were innundated with “snail mail”? It’s the opposite these days, isn’t it? Share the joy and send a hand made card! I am working on this for myself this year – send more cards! (Especially to those people who place orders with me, nudge, nudge! LOL). If you would like to build up your card stash, please consider attending a class with me! Monthly Card Class is always open to all levels of crafters – next one is Wednesday, March 4th. Hope to see you soon!!

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