For a True Friend

As usual, Sandy McCullough made the most beautiful card! This time she used the Dandy Garden Suite. I couldn’t wait to make it! She used Bumblebee and gold on her original card, so I thought I’d change it up a bit with Calypso Coral. (I think she later made another one with Calypso Coral too). I like the simplicity of it, without being boring. The little swarm of dragonflies stamp adds some wonderful interest to the background without being overbearing and I found the tall Black-eyed Susan stamp to be oddly refreshing in it’s shape and style. And you really can’t go wrong with a vellum Dragonfly can you?

Measurements

Full list of supplies needed, listed below. A die cutting machine is optional for this card.
Card Base: Whisper White Thick Cardstock 8 1/2 h” x 5 1/2″ w folded to 5 1/2″ h x 4 1/4″ w
Background: Whisper White Cardstock 5 1/4″″ h x 4″ w with the Tasteful Textures Embossing Folder (optional)
Decorative Layer: Dandy Garden DSP 5 1/4″ h x 2″ w
Decorative Layer Matte: Calypso Coral Cardstock 5 1/4″ h x 2 1/2″ w
Sentiment Layer: Whisper White Cardstock 3/4″ h x 1 3/4″ w
Sentiment Matte: Calypso Coral Cardstock 1″h x 1 3/4″ w

Let’s Create

  1. Affix all stamps to Acrylic Blocks.
  2. Fold the Card Base in half using a Bone Folder to sharpen the crease.
  3. Stamp the Dragonfly on Vellum Cardstock with Memento Black ink an set aside to dry.
  4. Stamp the Dragonfly Swarm in Calypso Coral Ink on the Background and then run it through the Tasteful Textiles Embossing Folder and attach to card with Stampin’ Seal.
  5. For the Decorative Layer, choose a piece of Designer Series Paper that has a slight pattern to it, but isn’t so busy your stamped image will get lost. Then, stamp the Black-Eye Susan in Tuxedo Black Memento ink on the DSP strip and attach to the Decorative Matte Layer with Stampin’ Seal.
  6. Add the Decorative Matte Layer with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  7. Stamp the Sentiment on the Sentiment Layer and then stamp off to add the Dragonfly Swarm to the Sentiment Layer. Attach to the Sentiment Matte with Stampin’ Seal.
    1. Stamping Off is the technique of inking your stamp and then first stamping on scrap paper to remove some ink before stamping on the project. This creates a lighter shade of the ink. You can Stamp Off multiple times for a lighter watermarked effect. Have fun with it!
  8. Add the Sentiment Matte with Stampin’ Seal on the left and a Dimensional on the right.
  9. Punch the Dragonfly you stamped on the Vellum Cardstock and adhere using Mini Glue Dots. Be careful where you place the Glue Dots because they will show through. I added two to the head and body because when I added just one it showed through and looked weird.
  10. Decorate the Inside Layer and attach.
  11. Decorate the envelope.
  12. Very pretty! Who will you send it to?

Shopping List

This project uses the Dragonfly Garden Bundle – Stamp set and Punch and the Dandy Garden 6×6 Designer Series Paper, which will be available in the 2021 January – June Mini Catalog on January 5th.

Stamper’s Toolkit

Design inspired by Sandy McCullough.