Saturday, 12 August 2017

Peridot Birthstone Themed Card Using Stampin' Up! Supplies

I'm on a bit of a roll with card making challenges this week so how about another one? This is pushing me out of my comfort zone of basic fold cards and I loved making it! Challenges really are worth taking part in if you just want a reason to craft or to improve skills.

This time, card making novice me, decided to have a go at something a bit more tricky so I opted for a diamond fold card and for a very first attempt I was thrilled with myself! No shame in being proud of something you've achieved or learned, no shame at all! 

I chose the diamond fold for a reason. The Joy of Sets Facebook group's  monthly challenge is to create a card with the theme of the birth stone for that month and so as we are talking precious or semi precious gems I figured a diamond fold card would be apt. OK so we weren't dealing with diamonds, August (my birth month) really ought to have been the diamond month as we all know (wink) but it isn't it's Periodot. This, if you didn't know, is a gorgeous pale lime colour and I love it. Funny because when I was a kid I was so not into it as it didn't seem fitting for me, a Leo lady who deserved nothing but diamonds and rubies or at least emeralds or sapphires. However over time I have come to love the understated elegance of Periodot and wish I'd appreciated those gold and Peridot earrings my dad bought me for my 13th birthday a bit more now.

So anyway, I digressed, the challenge didn't call for diamonds but hey... gem stones... periodot... diamond... they're all jewels so pft, diamond fold it was and to represent my birth stone I opted to use the gorgeous 2017-19 In Colour Lemon Lime Twist. I love the versatility of this colour as it is so fresh, fun and citrusy but at the same time (as I hope I showed here) it can be very rich and stylish.

For this I followed a kind of pictorial tutorial with no video or words or writing which showed where to fold and the basic measurements and that was about it. I made the rest up as I went along in terms of the decoration and what size to make my little mats and how to get my triangles perfectly similar. It's a little hard to describe how to make this card without showing you but I'm pretty sure there will be lots of fab tutorials out there for you to check out on You Tube. I will make on myself one day but for now I'm just words on a screen.
Of course I used Stampin' Up! supplies throughout for this card (all linked below so you can click and buy) and just think it looks gorgeous, that Lemon Lime Twist with the white on the DSP really pops against the Basic Black Cardstock base.

To be honest I was surprised at how little of my stash was used in making this card, I thought it was going to be a stash eater but it really isn't so it's great if you make lots of cards for sale or to donate to charities or you have tons of swaps to make. I used a 12 x 4 inch (30.4 x 10.2cm) piece of black for the base (so I could get 3 from a 12 x 12 sheet) and I used just under 12 x 4 for of the Fresh Florals DSP and then a little square of Lemon Lime Twist Cardstock for the sentiment.

I stamped the sentiment using Crafting Forever Stamp Set (one of my favourites) and Basic Black ink and cut out two of the squares using Stitched Shapes Framelits (I used two of the squares obviously) and just off set them along with a hand cut square all stacked using dimensionals.  I used the reverse side of the paper I'd used to cover the rest of the card for the diamond centrepiece. To finish I added the gorgeous Basic Black 3/8 inch (1cm) shimmer ribbon to keep it all together. I'm hoping you can see how this ribbon really does shimmer from the photo below. 

Hope you enjoy trying this card for yourself and feel inspired to try out a new style of card or a new craft altogether by someone who really is not a card maker and if you're already a card maker then I just hope you enjoy my effort and thank you for your support in helping me develop this element of my papercrafting. Stampin' Up! really does make it so much easier.

Hope it's not raining where you are.

Andrea x

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