You may remember the Christmas floating window card from a post back in September 2020. This time, I thought I’d try it out in portrait layout. As the acetate panel is larger than in landscape format, it’s a bit flimsy but this problem can be remedied by adding a decorative element on top, joining all three sections together.
My card base was my standard size of 11½” x 4¼”, scored at 5¾. I then cut off 1½” off the bottom and cut the card base at 1½” after the score line. I used some (retired) mercury acetate for the window and cut some mats for the small card sections.
For my decorative element, I die cut the SU! Butterfly Beauty dies using white for the base layer and the retired Lovely Lipstick foil for the top layer to really make the butterflies pop.
After dry embossing the green mat layer, I assembled the card base, gluing down the mats and attaching the acetate behind.
I added some layers inside and embossed the envelope flap with the same embossing folder as I’d used on the front of the card.
As I said at the beginning, the card is quite flimsy at this stage so the butterflies need to be adhered to the top and bottom of the card and also to the acetate to give some structure. I used double sided tape for the acetate and glue for the top and bottom. My tip for where to place the glue is to position the butterfly face down on the card, roughly where it’s going to be and then you can clearly see which bits can be glued to the card.
The sentiment is from Itty Bitty Birthday and doesn’t quite fit in the Classic Label punch so I had to fussy cut it. However, I was making two of these cards and was determined not to be beaten so I stamped the sentiment again, this time stamping one word at a time and… ta-da!… it can now be punched out with the Classic Label punch.
I really like the Whale of a Time DSP from Stampin’ Up! It makes it very simple to create a stunning background for cards. However, to avoid it looking like I’d just stuck a bit of paper on my card, I cut my DSP into panels and matted them.
Using the coordinating punch, I cut out a whale and glued it onto a whale cut from navy card to give more stability.
I heat embossed my sentiments in silver and also added the bubbles on the centre panel above where the whale would be.
The inside sentiment is from the Whale Done stamp set together with the shoal of fish, which I also stamped on the envelope.
The final job was to assemble the various elements. The panels were glued onto the card base and I added foam behind the whale and the sentiments for some dimension.
This whole arm problem is really starting to get to me now. The constant pain is just exhausting. Whilst the physiotherapy and acupuncture have improved the tennis elbow symptoms, it seems those symptoms were disguising other elbow pain. It feels like I’m taking one step forward and two steps back. On the plus side, I am getting to be a dab hand at ‘mousing’ with my left hand. To avoid having a similar problem with my left arm, I’ve purchased an ergonomic left-handed mouse. Aside from having to switch around the left and right buttons to be the same as a right-handed mouse, it’s been really easy and comfortable to use.
Anyway, I’ve really been missing crafting and crafting is one of the things I would do to de-stress. I figured that not crafting hasn’t improved my arm situation so I may as well do a bit and de-stress myself. A large box of Stampin’ Up! goodies was delivered this week and I was keen to get playing with some new stuff. I was conscious that I didn’t want to be doing too much and making my arm lots worse so I went for a simple, quick festive project – a Christmas tree garland.
I used a new set from the Autumn/Winter catalogue, Perfectly Plaid with the matching tree punch.
I cut a 2½” strip each of real red, old olive and thick whisper white card. This was enough for 6 trees of each colour. After using my Embossing Buddy, I stamped one of the trees with Versamark, applied gold embossing powder and heat set it. I then punched the trees out.
Using glue dots, I attached each tree to a length of ribbon, spacing the trees about 2½” apart.
The finished garland is about 1.1m long but could easily be extended either by increasing the spacing or making more trees. I’ve attached this one to our mantlepiece but it’d also look great in place of ribbon on a gift. This was a quick little project which took me about 20 minutes and it satisfied my crafting mojo.