Thursday 13 June 2024

Peony Border Tri-fold

Hi everyone.  I have a tri-fold card today, the first time I have attempted one and may well be my  I say this as I did have quite a few ups and downs with it, but I got there in the end.   I used a set of stamps and dies from Indigoblu which came free with a recent magazine - Mixed Media Box Kit 8 used for the first time here, and I dry embossed using a set of leaf dies bought in a sale at Craft Stash by Cardmaking Magic which unfortunately are not now available.  I watched a video by Jennifer Mcguire and I was taken with the look of the shaped front and you will find the video here.

You need two cards of the same size and mine are 5 3/4" square.  I decided where I was going to stamp the peonies on the front of the card and stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and then coloured the flowers using my alcohol pens.  I used my stamp positioner and decided to reink the stamp using Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink which gave it a bit more punch.  I was going to use the corresponding die to partially cut around the outer edge of the flower stamping but I just could not get it to cut using my Sizzix Big Shot Plus machine, and it seemed impossible to get the sandwich right and I tried endless combinations but to no avail.  I think the fact that I had to set the top plate back so that it would only cut the first bit of the die made it more difficult.  I gave up and die cut around the flower with some small decoupage scissors, and to tidy the back of the front panel up as the pens do bleed through the card a bit, I die cut the whole die shape out, this time no problem in cutting it, and added it behind the flowers and it left a bit of a white border around the flowers..there were just a few areas where it wasn't even as I had cut it by hand, so I just tidied it up a bit with my decoupage scissors.  I finished the front by adding a sentiment from the set using the Nocturne Ink and heat embossed with WOW Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.  The second card is glued together back to front with the first, and on what has become the under layer to the flowers I decided to add some leaves using a die and dry embossing it on the panel.  It is not a square die, actually 5" x 7", and there was a bit of a gap on the inside edge so I decided to cut around the leaves at the edge, and then I added a strip of white card under the leaves to give a nicely finished edge.  I then added a piece of paper as an insert for the sentiment on the base of the card which when closed is hidden behind the leaf layer, and the card was done.  

I found it a bit fiddly to make so I don't think I will be doing this again in a hurry.  Jennifer makes it look like a breeze, but mine felt more of a tornado..stress levels were definitely

Thank you for visiting my blog today and I'll see you again soon. 

I am entering the following challenges:

We Love Stamping Challenge - June '24 Fabulous Florals/Anything Goes.
Stamping Sensations Challenge - June '24 Mood Board/Anything Goes.
Triple B Challenge- Use one of more of Birds, Butterflies & Blooms.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Bright and Cheerful.
Beautiful Blossoms Challenge - No. 17 Anything Floral Goes/Mood Board.
NBUS Challenge - No. 63 Where we use our Never Before Used Schtuff.

I am also joining in with Darnell's I.D.E.A.S., a challenge she has set herself but invites anyone to join in with.  This is June Week 2: Dies/Die Cuts.


Christine Alexander said...

Even with all the frustrations the end result is stunning. I love that spray of flowers xx

Aimeslee Winans said...

That's exactly how I felt attempting her Cut It Up technique. So stressful!
But in both our cases, worth it! You've made such a pretty card, Pat, and the embossed panel is the perfect compliment to your blooms.
We always love to see your flowers at Beautiful Blossoms Challenge!
Thank you for sharing with us!
xoxo, Aimeslee DT

Darnell said...

I'm with you, Pat! "Fun" fold cards are too much like math to me and I fail miserably! But bravo to you for giving it a go and persevering! Your final result is outstanding! Thank you for inspiring everyone to use their NBUS and for playing with my I.D.E.A.S.!📌 Hugs, Darnell

brenda said...

Despite your problems with the design it all came together beautifully in the end Pat, those red blooms really pop against the white, so well done on perseverance.

Perfect for our themes at Stamping Sensations and We Love Stamping challenges, many thanks for joining in.

B x

LesleyG said...

I’m glad you persevered Pat, it’s beautiful, but I agree, it shouldn’t be stressful. I don’t think I’ll try it, but you rose to the challenge! Xxx

Aquarius said...

Reading about your various problems with this lovely card has reminded me of my reasons for avoiding cards with 'fancy' folds, some of which seem almost impossible to achieve. You've done a grand job here and explained the process well. I can imagine the stress levels though and life's too short for all that hassle 🤣🤣. Lots of challenges covered too which is great.

Liz said...

Gorgeous card, Pat. Well done for persevering as the finished result is beautiful. The flowers are so striking against the white, embossed background.
Liz xx

Linby said...

Well it turned out to be so beautiful and such a striking design. Thank you for sharing with us at We Love Stamping and Stamping Sensations.

Ellen said...

Very beautiful Pat…love the peony’s and also the embossing!
Grtz Ellen

Loll said...

Sounds like a lot of stress, so don't know if it's worth it, but your card is STUNNING, Pat!!

Beautiful colouring of the flowers and leaves and love the texture with the dry embossed backing panel. Cutting around the flower image really makes a statement. I'm hoping to give this a try after seeing your gorgeous card. Wish me luck! :) Love, Loll

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Despite all your problems the final result looks fabulous, it's a lovely and elegant shaped card! Love the peonies and the texture on the back!
Thanks so much for joining us at We Love Stamping!

Marjan said...

Well, in the end the result is gorgeous! The embossed background in combination with the shaped panel is beautiful! And the simple black sentiment really finishes is perfectly!

Helen said...

Beautifuly and definitely worth all the work!

Thanks for joining us at the Beautiful Blossoms Challenge.

Helen x

Kathyk said...

It might well have been fiddly to make but your results are simply lovely, Pat

Have a great weekend


HilaryJane said...

I am glad you persevered with this as it looks stunning. I love the clean white against the embossed white and you did well to persevere with the die cutting. Thanks for the detailed explanation of your process and for sharing it with us at we love stamping xx

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

Tornado stress levels were worth it Pat, this is a gorgeous card. The fussy cutting looks so lovely. x

pinky said...

I think you did an excellent job Pat!! It looks very pretty and very striking. I love the embossing behind. Thanks so much for playing along with us at Stamping Sensations.