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Romance is in the Air

If you have ordered or received my January Big Shot box of goodies to go along with the Wonderful Romance bundle then your wait for instructions for the projects is now over!

In todays blog I am going to show the 3 cards and bookmark projects that you have the additional bits and pieces of card to make in your box and tomorrow's blog I am going to show some other projects that I made using this wonderful bundle and the speciality designer series paper and seals and flower embellishments that are also in this Suite. The whole suite along with the embossing folder and cardstock pack is on pages 10 to 11 of the 2019 Spring Summer catalogue.

Before I go into details of the three cards and bookmark I would like to divulge my creative process when making these so you too can enjoy using this method: When I received this stamp set I first took some whisper white card and stamped all of the images in the stamp set and some images more than once so I had a whole A4 sheet of images in black memento ink. Then I set about colouring them in with the watercolour pencils using the greens for the leaves and the pink and purple for the flowers. I used the blender pen to go over the colouring lines and it blends them into a colour wash which makes the colouring much smoother and more like a water colour and you can also shade areas and make them darker by adding more pencil colour.

Then using the framelits I cut all of the images out on my Big Shot. I also folded about 6 cards two in each of the three colours that go with the suite and two of them I cut the detail of the lattice die along the edge. Once I have all of the pieces I start to design my cards and its fun moving all the pieces around until you have something you like and then stick it all down!!

So having shared this little tip with you I am now going to show the projects in more detail.

Card 1.

This card uses a base that is half a piece of A4 i.e. A5 ! folded in half portrait. I cut the front edge of the card using mossy meadow (dark green) and  the lattice edge frame lit in the set and as this frame lit is very detailed I used a precision base plate in the Big Shot and the Big Shot die brush and foam pad behind to brush out all of those little diamond shapes. My hoover loves me not!

I stamped the sentiment 'Thinking of You in mossy meadow ink onto the frame lit that is oval shaped in pear pizzazz card (light green) . I glued this directly on the card front using tomboy glue. (PVA)

I had some coloured images from the stamp set and some cut out images of leaves using the same coloured cardstock and I arranged these around the oval, layering them to look as natural as possible and just gluing the main parts of the stems with tombow so that the ends of the leaves are not stuck down, giving them more a 3D effect. I put the little flowers on top of the ends of the stems and added one of the seals. The seals look fabulous but I only use one on a project to make them last a bit longer!! The seals already have sticky glue dot on the back but you can add more if you think you need it to be more robust.

Card 2

This card is similar to card one as it has the trellis cut out along the side. This time I used the off-cut from card 1 trellis to glue to the inside of the card exactly behind the front trellis.

I used the large flower image upside down on the front of the card along with the sentiment stamped onto a strip of white card and then accented this with the leaf image and a little flower image. You can more clearly see on this photograph the way in which you can layer the watercolour pencils and blend them to be darker in some areas giving a more natural shaded look. The coloured flower images can be curled a bit with the bone folder and put up higher on dimensionals if you want to. I just kept these without dimensions as they are going through the post abroad and need to keep the card as slim as possible.


The book mark project shows off the lovely flowered vellum in the Floral Romance papers. If you purchased the bundle from me then you will have some pieces of this in your box. Cut some blushing bride pink card into a strip approx 15cm long by 5cm wide and a piece of flowered vellum the same width but 12cm long. Place them together and punch a hole in the top at mid point using a normal hold punch. Mount up a sentiment stamped in blackberry bliss ink (or you could use fresh fig ink) onto blackberry bliss card and trim to 5cm and glue in place towards the bottom of the piece of vellum. Decorate with cutout leaves and flowers. Finally thread bakers twine or ribbon through the hole of both pieces at the top.
This would make a lovely gift for a friend either on its own or with a book.

Card 3

This is my favourite card in the bundle. I have made the card base so that there is a gap in the middle into which you attach a piece of vellum. This allows the light to shine through the vellum and shows it off very well.

This photograph shows the inside of the card and you cn see the strips of double sided tape I used to attach the vellum.

The to the front of the card attach a die cut oval from the set stamped with a sentiment from the set and I put this up on dimensions which left lots of room in between to glue in the stems of some coloured and card die cut leaves. they stick out around the oval some laying behind and some laying in front but not covering the sentiment. Its a bit like doing a flower arrangement!!  I used tombow glue on the stems and pressed them in with a pokey tool.

The angle of this photo is a bit strange but it shows the vellum and the layering for you.

To those who have already received their box - enjoy making these projects and check back tomorrow for some more ideas of what you can make with this lovely bundle.

The January box kit is still available while stocks last and comes free when you order the Wonderful Floral Framelit dies bundle at £47.50. Also because it is Sale-a-bration you can pick one of the Sale-a-bration items for FREE. Postage is £2.95. Just contact me Jo at if you would like to order this. I place orders a couple of times each month.

Take Care
JoP x