Unfortunately, we always need a few sympathy cards on hand, especially it seems this time of year. I decided to really explore the dies in the Daffodil Daydream Stamp/die bundle. I hadn’t played with them yet so here goes.
First of all, there are oodles of die included in this set and that can be intimidating but let’s break it down for you. There are four stem/leaf dies, those are pretty easy to figure out. Then there are the flower bits.
The flower on the left of my card was made with the pieces marked with 1. Each portion has a solid piece and a detailed piece. Use liquid glue to adhere the layers together individually then layer them together to form the bloom.
The flower on the right is made with the pieces marked with 2. Again layer the detailed pieces over the solid pieces them put the bloom together.
Finally, the easiest one is the little bud which has only two pieces but looks so good and adds so much to the card.
I know this can look overwhelming with all those dies but it isn’t too tough when you break it down to the smaller blooms. The other nice thing is that all the pieces can be die-cut at one time on a half sheet of cardstock and your die cut machine. You’ll probably want to run it through two times.
The sentiment is from one of my all-time favorite stamp sets, Peaceful Moments – in the annual catalog. I loved this stamp set when it was released a year ago and my feelings haven’t changed. I reach for it a lot for great sentiments used all year round.
Once the blooms were created I laid them out on my table and arranged them into a bouquet with the stems and bud. I used a bit of liquid glue to adhere the stems together then used a piece of baker’s twine to tie around it. Adhere the entire bundle with liquid glue and dimensional to your card front.
I used the splatter stamp from the Daffodil Daydreams stamp set with Evening Evergreen on a piece of the retired Designer Series Paper from Eden’s Garden. It really added a lot of texture – without the bumps, to the card front.
My final touch was to use a daffodil watercolor pencil on the blooms. I made another version of this card and used my Light Daffodil Stampin Blend instead, also with great results. Both these coloring techniques were used to add just a little color to the blooms, but honestly, they look stunning in plain white.
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