You can be productive when you relax!

Hello and welcome to today’s blog post, which is a sweet card featuring the In the Moment stamp set, New Horizons 6” x 6” DSP, Vellum Layering Designs, and Stampin’ Blends! This card first started with finding a color combination with a Fresh Freesia design from the New Horizons DSP and being able to tie that color combination in with Stampin’ Blends. For me, it is easy to relax in a soft environment and soft colors and I really liked how the Fresh Freesia, Blackberry Bliss, and Mint Macaron combined for a soft color palette. We all have different ways that we like to relax and for those of us that like to read, the In the Moment stamp I used for this card is perfect!

The base layer is this design from the Vellum Layering Designs, cut at 4” x 5 ¼” (there is a piece of cardstock behind the vellum to easily see the design):

I used this design from the New Horizons DSP that is cut into four pieces, 2” x 6”, ¾” x 6”, 3 ¼” x 4 ¾”, and ¾” x 1 ¼”. This last small piece will not be used in this card:

For the rest of the card front, you will need:

1. The 3 ¼” x 4 ¾” piece of New Horizons DSP.

2. Use the third largest layering Stitched Rectangle Die to die-cut from Blackberry Bliss cardstock.

3. Stamp the image from In the Moment in Memento ink on Basic White cardstock and use the fourth largest layering Stitched Rectangle die to die-cut out. I used Light and Dark Mint Macaron Blends to color in the pillows, Light and Dark Smoky Slate to color in the blanket, SU600 and SU400 to color in the puppy, Light and Dark Crumb Cake to color in the pants, SU900 and SU800 for the skin tone, SU600 and SU800 for the hair, Light and Dark Blackberry Bliss Blends for the book and Ivory Blends for the book pages, Light and Dark Blackberry Bliss Blends for the socks, Light Blackberry Bliss and SU700 Blends for the coffee cup. I then used a Blending Brush with Fresh Freesia ink to color in around the stamped image.

4. You will need enough of the Black & White Gingham Ribbon to tie around the three layered pieces above.

I used liquid glue to adhere the DSP and die-cut cardstocks together (this will give you a little wiggle room to make sure they are evenly layered) and tied the ribbon into a bow. I adhered the layered piece to the Vellum Layering Designs base layer and then adhered this completed piece to a Mint Macaron cardstock card base, cut at 4 ¼” x 11” and scored at 5 ½”:

For the inside, cut a piece of Basic White cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, stamp the sentiment in Blackberry Bliss ink, and adhere the ¾” x 6” strip of DSP along the bottom, snipping off the excess:

For the coordinating envelope, I used the butterfly stamp from Daffodil Daydream to stamp in Blackberry Bliss and Fresh Freesia ink, and trimmed the 2” x 6” strip of DSP to 5 ¾”, adhered to the inside of the envelope (below the glue strip of the flap), trimmed off the excess around the flap, and used my Bone Folder to burnish the score line of the envelope to the DSP (so it will close correctly when sealing):

Again, another great card that is so easy to make! When it comes to using Stampin’ Blends, I have made a “template” using Basic White cardstock with a sample of each color (L & D), this way I know what the color will look like on the cardstock, which helps me decide which to use. Did you notice how the design I used from the Layering Vellum Designs ties into reading?? I just thought this design worked perfectly with the stamped image!!

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