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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Mother's Day Ensemble

Earlier this week I designed and posted a Mother's Day card on the WWC66 Watercooler Wednesday sketch by Libby Fens. 

I really liked this sketch and my design so I decided to make another Mother's Day project using the same concept but stepping it up. 

This time I've changed up the colors, added some die cuts and created an ensemble that includes a Mother's Day card, a gift bag and a tag.  

I think it worked out really well.  Just remember that the beauty of ensembles like this is that by simply changing up some of the stamps for different sentiments or images, you could use this layout as a shower, a birthday, a thinking of you, or get well ensemble.  The possibilities are endless.

Okay, so here is the "Mother's Day Ensemble" I came up with and all the details you'll need to create one of your own:

Stamp Sets:  All About Everything and Lovely Little Wreath  (Paper Pumpkin April 2016)
Ink:  Blushing Bride, Rose Red, Wild Wasabi, Versa Mark
Card Stock:  Blushing Bride, Rose Red and Wild Wasabi
Accessories:  Big Shot, Paper Trimmer, Lovely Lacey EF, Botancial Dies, Basic Pearls, Basic Rhinestones, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Rose Red 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensionals, Delicate Designs EF, Edgelits Die (Retired), Corner Rounder Punch, Occasions Paper Piercing template for Ovals, Scalloped Tag Topper Punch, Tom Bow Glue, Sticky Strip adhesive, Paper Gift Bag.

The Card:

So basically this is the same card as the one I designed for the WWC66 challenge.  Beyond the card stock and ink changes, the alterations I've made are minimal.  I've added a bow to the oval, changed the die for the horizontal layer, stamped a few more leaves on the background piece and added pearls instead of decorative dots in several places.  
The card on the left is my original design and I used Pink Pirouette, Calypso Coral and Pear Pizzazz for my colour palette. 

The combo of Blushing Bride, Rose Red and Wild Wasabi really works well together.  I've added small pearls throughout the stamped layer images and I was happy I had some Rose Red ribbon for the bow on the card and the gift tag.  

The measurements for this card are:

Card BaseWhisper White card stock measures 8 1/2 x 5 1/2  and is scored at 4 1/4".
1st Layer:  Wild Wasabi measuring 5
3/8" x 4 1/8"
2nd Layer:  Blushing Bride 5  1/4 x
4" and embossed with Lovely Lacey EF
Vertical Stack Layer:  The
measurements are: Wild Wasabi 2 1/4 x 4 3/4", Rose Red 2 1/8 x 4 5/8", and Whisper White 2 x 4 1/2".  Randomly stamp floral and leaf images from the All About Everything Stamp set in the 3 ink colours.  Adhere all three layers together leaving a 1/8" border on all sides and add some small seed pearls randomly to the stamped images.
Horizontal Layer:  Cut a strip of Rose Red card
measuring 1" x 4 1/2" die cut with Edgelits dieUsing the fan design as a guide cut this piece down to 3 5/8" (all fans will show evenly).  Adhere this strip with mounting tape or dimensionals.  Place a small pearl at the center of each fan design.


Oval Layer:  Cut the Wild Wasabi 2 1/2" Oval using the Ovals Framelits.  Pierce around the edge using the Occasions Paper Piercing Template that coordinates with the Oval Framelits (retired).  Cut the Whisper White layer cut with 2" Oval die.  The images are randomly stamped with the All About Everything stamp set.  When you're doing this kind of collage stamping, remember to stamp off the image before stamping directly on the card stock, to give a softer look to the design.  Stamp sentiment "To the Loveliest Person I Know" from the  Lovely Little Wreath  stamp set in Wild Wasabi.  I stamped my image first in Versa Mark ink and then in Wild Wasabi ink then applied Clear Embossing Powder and heat set it. 

Here's a view of the inside of the card.  I cut a 5 1/4" x 3 7/8" piece of Wild Wasabi for the base layer and added a 5 1/8" x 3 3/4" layer of Whisper White.  The Whisper White piece is stamped with the "Happy Mother's Day" sentiment from the Lovely Little Wreath stamp set in Wild Wasabi and flowers from the All About Everything set.

The Bag and Tag:
The small white bag measures 8 1/2 x 5 1/4".  This is the perfect size for a small gift.  You can purchased these bags at the big box craft stores or sometimes at the Dollar store. Here are the measurements for the layers:

1. The Rose Red layer measures 7 7/8 x 5" 
2. The Wild Wasabi layer measures 7 5/8 x 4 6/8"
3. The Whisper White layer measures 7 1/2 x 4 1/2".   

Tip: I stamped the collage on an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of Whisper White card stock and then cut down the layers for the front of the bag, the tag, and the card front.  It's much simpler to do it this way, and then you can put away your inks when you're finished.

4.  For the lace edge at the top of the bag I decided to go with a wider strip  so I cut a piece of Rose Red card stock measuring 5 1/2 x 1" and embossed it with the retired Decorative Design embossing folder.  I then cut it down so the scallops across the bottom were even width wise and trimmed off the excess card stock below the scallops. This was adhered to the Whisper White designed layer with Tom Bow glue.
Don't you love these flowers?  They were made with the Botanical Garden dies from this years Spring Occasions Catalogue.  I'm so happy those are going to see another season, as I just want to use them on everything.  To add a bit of variation for the leaves I cut a couple of them from Mossy Meadow card stock.  I punched out a 1 3/4" circle from Wild Wasabi and used this as a base to build the flower and leaf layers into a small bouquet.  I adhered the bouquet to the bag front with sticky strip to ensure it would stay on.     

Please note:  Did you notice that my card has Basic Pearls while my bag and tag have rhinestones?  Well it seems I got carried away while assembling the little bouquet and popped those Basic Rhinestones on without any thought to what was on the card. Oops!  Well, not to worry, I'll either make another card with Rhinestones to match this bag or I'll be doing a change-up so the bag and tag match the card.   Either look is a winner!

For the Tag I cut a 2" x 3 1/2" piece of the stamped Whisper White card stock and then punched it out with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch.  I adjusted the length of the tag and rounded the bottom edges with a corner rounder punch.  To give the tag a little more substance, I cut a strip of Wild Wasabi card stock measuring 2 1/4" x 3 3/4" and punched it out with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch.  Again, I rounded the edges with a corner rounder punch and then mounted the Whisper White piece to the Wasabi layer with dimensionals. The tag was tied to the handle of the bag with a 12" piece of Rose Red ribbon.  I used a dimensional under the tag to keep it in place.  

Okay, that's it.  I hope you didn't mind my repeating this project but I thought you might like to see an alternative look.  

Let me know your thoughts and what colours you might choose to do this bag and card in.  

Happy Stamping!
Penny Tokens Stampin' Spot   

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