Sunday, February 19, 2017

Mistake or Opportunity?......Garden Trellis Card featuring Altenew Beauitful Day

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I am absolutely in love with the Beautiful Day stamp set from Altenew.  It works wonderfully for pretty one layer cards when you mask off different stamps to create a lovely layered effect.  That was my initial intention when I started making this card but then this happened!

A big, huge smudge right where the sentiment needed to go.  You all know when you mask and layer it takes time.  This happened right after I finished my last stamp :(  

The stamped edges looked so beautiful so I set about determining how I was going to fix this boo boo.  It's like we all say there are no mistakes only opportunities.  

This is what I did:


(1) 4 1/4" x 11" 100lb white cover card stock folded in half
(4) 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" pieces 100lb card stock, 1 for stamping, 1 for greeting and 2 for die cutting

I cut out the stamped floral portions of the card and discarded the messed up middle.  I looked through my stash for a way to fill in the middle and found the Delfina dies from Birch Press Design.  These are a set of 3 dies that you can purchase individually or in the set.  I had received the set for Christmas and this was just the opportunity to try them out and see how I could use them.

I decided that Layer B (the middle layer) would probably be the best bet for what I had in mind.  I wanted to hang my stamped creation on a trellis, and I wanted it to be see-through.

I folded my 4 1/4" x 11" card stock in half and set it on the die so that the folded edge would be just shy of the cut line and therefore not be cut.
Zoom in to see exactly where the folded
edge is in relation to the cutting edge.
and this is the result.

I did realize after cutting it that it lacked the strength to remain standing.  I solved for this by cutting
two 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" pieces of card stock with the same die and attaching them to the front and the back.  I carefully lined them up so they matched the base card and attached with Tombow Dotted Tape Runner.  This did the trick.

I then traced the stamped pieces onto another piece of card stock and fussy cut those pieces out so I would have a solid back to my stamped pictures and a place to write a greeting.  I used the Tombow Dotted Tape Runner to attach the stamped pieces to the front of the card.  I opened the card and aligned the blank pieces with the stamped pieces. I used the same tape to attach them to the inside of the card.  I stamped a scratch piece of card stock with a sentiment from the stamp set, attached it to the front, and my card was done.

It just goes to show you that mistakes are worth it because you never know what opportunities they might bring forth :)

I hope you enjoyed this post.  Please comment below and tell me what you think :)  Also let me know if you are interested in a video of how to make this card :)


Delfina Layer B, Birch Press Design dies
Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades, Warm Sunshine and Buttercream inks,  Altenew
Beautiful Day Stamp Set, Altenew
VersaFine Onyx Black ink, Tsukineko
Fine Detail scissors


  1. The card is pretty! The trellis was a great idea!

  2. What a great solution, gorgeous card!

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  4. Beautiful card..but you lost me the first sentence on how to make this! Wow!

    1. If you are interested please let me know yout email and I will be happy to help you :)

  5. I bet you're glad you made the big smudge? I got the drift of how you constructed your lovely card, but a video would be nice. I love this very open and airy card, very creative and unique! I also love how you left some of the leaves unfinished.

  6. I am in love with this card! Beautiful!