Yay! Darnell is running one of her NBUS challenges - to the uninitiated that's where you join in the fun and make sure you use something that's been languishing waiting for a first outing on your project. NBUS is short for Never-Before-Used Schtuff BTW :) The challenge runs from 1st to 10th March 2016 - you can see the rules of the game over HERE on Darnell's blog.
I have tons of NBUS items, but most are lined up to be used on my Sunday Snippets cards as 'samples' for that week's prize so I had to pick something new, unused and also without a duplicate waiting in the Snippets Playground toy box. I found a few items in fact, and this card was made using one of them:
- 4.5" x 5.75! white card blank, cut and scored to size after I'd made the embossed front panel (often easier that way if it's an embossed panel with a set border!)
- piece of white card stock approx. 4.5" x 6" in size, with the flower sprig then die cut from the centre - making sure I kept a couple of the white 'insert pieces' for later. The die is by Memory Box, called 'Geneva Vine' - LOVE this die and can see it being used a LOT
- then die cut using the same die and SU's 'Certainly Celery' snippet and also a snippet of SU's 'Rich Razzleberry' and put those aside for now
- piece of white card stock, embossed using Cuttlebug's 'Pinking Stitch' embossing folder and then trimmed to size
- then I backed the centre of the panel, behind the die cut area with medium adhesive sheet - leaving the sticky part showing at the front of the panel but leaving the backing piece on so that I'd be able to slide the panel about as I glued it to the card front later
- next I slotted the greenery in place into the die cut aperture, followed by a couple of white pieces I'd saved (mentioned above)
- snipped off five flower heads from the 'Rich Razzleberry' die cut and then glued them in place, using a glue pen
- next stamped, with heart in mouth, the 'With Sympathy' sentiment using Memento 'Elderberry' dye ink and a sentiment from the Paper Smooches 'Sentiment Sampler' set
- finally just glued the front panel to the card blank and called it done
Had toyed with the idea of snipping off the flowers on the green die
cut before just setting the stems and foliage in place 'cos it would have made sticking the flower heads in place easier but it's swings and roundabouts really. Always the risk that when you then snip off the flower heads from the
'Rich Razzleberry' you just might end up with a little gap (if you're me!) - plus, I quite
like the fact that the flower heads are just that little bit 'prouder'
on the card front than the greenery.
I might make another NBUS entry - just spotted a recently purchased stamp looking sadly at me here, and it doesn't have an identical chum in the Playground toy box either :)
Do try to join in, Darnell works really hard on her cards and also her fun blog. She has a whole ton of followers, her cards are always fabulous (and often quite wicked) - what's to lose?