Did you know that there are several products in the Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs that coordinate and were designed to work together?
What’s even better is that when you purchase particular items from the Occasions catalog, such as the Botanical Gardens Bundle on page 26 you instantly qualify to receive one of the coordinating products in the Sale-A-Bration catalog, such as the Botanicals For You stamp set or Botanical Gardens Designer Vellum Stack on page 4.
For my card today, I used all those products together
This whole suite of Botanical Gardens products is a particular favorite of mine. I absolutely adore the die cut flowers, as well as the coordinating designer papers and vellum stack.
For this card, I layered several of the designer papers and then created a banner out of the vellum. I stamped the Just For You directly on the vellum with Versamark ink and embossed the sentiment in black to really make it stand out.
Tip: To create this banner, use a ruler to mark the center of your strip of vellum and measure up about 1/2″. Then, using scissors cut from the edges toward the center to create the V. For, the small glimmer strip, I fed one end of the strip through a Banner Punch to create the V. A Hexagon punch would work as well.
The Botanicals For You stamp set (a Sale-A-Bration set) comes with several sayings. I thought it would be a fun twist to layer one of those saying on the side of my card. The stamp fits perfectly on one of the labels from the Project Life Cards and Labels Framelits Dies. So, after cutting it out with the die, I layered it underneath my designer paper and sewed it on my card with my sewing machine.
Another one of my favorite new products in the Occasions Catalog is the Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper. Maybe it’s a hangover from the holidays, but I just love how glimmer paper adds a rich feel to my cards, and that Blushing Bride color is so pretty!!!
Tip: When using die cuts on glimmer paper, flip the paper over and cut from the back. You’ll get much better results.
To cut these intricate flowers using the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies, I used my Precision Base Plate layered on top of my Multi-Purpose Platform. The Precision Base Plate works beautifully with die cuts that have delicate little pieces like this one. After cutting the flowers, I used my Big Shot Die Brush to roll over the die cut holes and gently release the cut pieces.
If you’re just starting out, you don’t HAVE to have all these special plates and brushes to make these dies work. Instead, you could simply sandwich a piece of wax paper in between the die cuts and the cardstock, and then use a good old Paper Piercer to poke out the cut paper. But, I can tell you that those additional tools do make life a lot easier.
Supplies used on my card: