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Saturday, 25 April 2015

Just in case (by Lesley)

How many times do you wish you had a card right now? Perhaps for an unexpected birthday or that time when you forgot or even just because you want to cheer someone up.  Today's card has been made for when I need a standby.

  • Stamp the Ladys Slipper Orchid image onto watercolour paper with Versafine Onyx Black. When dry colour with watercolour paints or pencils. Leave to dry thoroughly.
  • If necessary add extra colour and shading using coloured pencils and then fussy cut around the lace edge.
  • Cut two pieces of co-ordinating background paper; one at 15 x 9.5cm and one at 15 x 10.5cm.
  • Attach the larger piece portrait style on the front of an 8" square card with double sided tape (make sure the fold of the card is at the top to make it tent style).
  • Fix a piece of ribbon across the second piece of paper and the attach across the first piece as illustrated.
  • Position the watercolour topper using 3d foam pads.
You will notice there is no sentiment on this card and that is because, as yet, I don't know when I am going to use it. But I have one ready, just in case.

So the next time you have a crafty session, why not make up some of your work into finished cards but leave out the sentiment, just in case!

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  1. Beautiful how the dark background let the flower pop!

  2. Beautiful card, the colours, image and design are wonderful, Kate x

  3. Lovely, great idea for 'keeping one in stock' by not adding the sentiment yet.

  4. Wow this stamp is so versatile. I love the way you have done the layering on your card, that works really well. Also like how you have left a space for the sentiment if necessary, great idea.

  5. I love the way you've used a black card base with black polka dotted paper - doesn't it look super with the lacey stamped edge layered over it. The aqua polka dots pick up on the blue tones in the flower's head. This is such a fun card but it could equally be used for a Sympathy card - & there aren't many cards which really are that versatile!! Brilliant.
    Paula (PEP)

  6. This is the prettiest standby card Lesley and I love the polka dots. The black and white coordinates really well with the black card and then the turquoise and white just lifts it. I love tbe way you have picked out the green from that beautifully coloured Orchid for the sheer ribbon. x

  7. This is lovely Lesley, I always have a few cards ready for just in case then it saves the last minute panic when you realise you have forgotten an occasion
    Jackie x

  8. Oh so pretty , and the polka dots are so clever . Great ideas . Thanks for sharing

  9. Indeed I do need standby cards but rarely make them. This is a very nice card that can be used for so many things.

  10. a beautiful standby card - this can be used for so many different 0occasions - beautiful - love the layout! Hugs rachel x


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