Monday, August 16, 2021



Thank you for stopping by and visiting my blog today.  It's a new week, so I have a new featured stamp set to explore.  If you love flowers, you are going to love this week's cards!  

Personally, I love looking at flowers, but have a "black" thumb when it comes to taking care of them.  At least with flowers on cards you don't need to worry about watering them too much, watering them not enough, or bugs eating them!

Dahlia on the Diag

This week my posts will feature the Delicate Dahlias stamp set.  The Delicate Dahlias stamp set is a Sale-A-Bration set that is available for free with a $100 order.  

Today's card is a variation of one of my favorite go-to layouts that sports a diagonal stripe across the front of the card.  I call it "The Diag" layout.  

If you are a University of Michigan grad, like I am, you will totally understand the meaning of the Diag.  For those of you that are not familiar with the U of M Campus, "The Diag" is a large open space in the middle of U of M's Central Campus.  It is one of the busiest sites on campus, and it gets is name from the many sidewalks running through it in diagonal directions.  

To create the Diag stripe I placed painter's tape on Basic White cardstock to create a 2-1/4" wide diagonal stripe.  The painter's tape that I used was leftover tape from a home improvement painting project from several years ago.  This particular tape was the worst painter's tape I've ever used as it refused to stick to anything that closely resembled walls, woodwork, windows or anything else that you typically use painter's tape for.  But since I'm pretty thrifty (ok cheap), I didn't throw it away because, you know, I might find a use for it someday.   Well, I finally did!  It works great for masking cardstock.  Since it barely wants to stick to anything, there is little worry about damaging the cardstock when removing it.   Although, I will admit, it stuck better to cardstock than it ever did to anything else, so I still had to be a little careful.

After creating the diagonal masked area for the stripe, I used Blending Brushes to create an ombré effect with Gorgeous Grape, Melon Mambo and Flirty Flamingo ink.

The large Dahlia was stamped with the outline image in Black Memento and then two-step stamped in Melon Mambo with the distINKtive flower stamp.  Next, I masked the flower by stamping the image on a Post-it Note and fussy cutting, and then two-step stamped the leaves in Granny Apple Green.

To finish the card I stamped the smaller flower with Flirty Flamingo, then added a couple of the little leaves, a sentiment and a bow made with the Silver Simply Elegant Trim.  Since you can never have too much bling, I added a rhinestone in the center of each flower and on the sentiment.

In keeping with my mantra of "No Naked Insides", I stamped the large dahlia and leaves in the lower corner on the inside using the same masking technique as I used for the large dahlia on the front.  Fortunately, I thought ahead and saved my mask from the front, so I did not have to fussy cut a second one!  

Card Inside

If you would like more information on making this card, there is a free tutorial available.

A complete list of products used to create the card is shown below.

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