Elegant Thinking Of You Mini-slimlines

As promised, I’m back with another floral card in the same color scheme as earlier this week. Plus, a bonus card! They were both quick and easy to make. Let’s take a look…

I’m crushing hard on i-crafter’s new Chrysanthemum Blossom die set. It has a gorgeous layered flower, coordinating leaves, and the sentiment THINKING OF YOU. I just love that font. Don’t you? You have everything you need to create a card with this set. You’ll see I brought in a circle die, and a stencil to enhance my cards a bit, but you certainly don’t need to.

Inspired by my earlier card in shades of cream and teal, I pulled out cardstock scraps in similar colors. I die cut the solid layer of the flower from a dark teal, and the top layer from a lighter shade. (The top layer is designed to look like the top of the petals, where more light would naturally hit. So you’ll want to use a lighter color for this layer, no matter what color scheme you choose.)

For the leaves, I cut the solid pieces from cream vellum. I cut the decorative layers from both white and gold cardstocks. Notice that the gold layer isn’t complete on two of the leaves? I knew I’d tuck most of them under the flower, so I didn’t bother to cut whole pieces from the gold. (That mirror paper isn’t cheap, so I conserve when it makes sense.) The white layers were glued to the bottom of the vellum, to help elevate it slightly, when glued to the card. Of course, the gold layers were glued on top, hiding the white layers. While I was die cutting and gluing, I cut the sentiment once from the same gold stock, and twice from white, to stack and create thick words. (For the bonus card below, I had to cut another sentiment, so I repeated the stacking process.)

As I was playing with the die cuts and deciding on a layout, I knew I wanted to create a mini-slimline card. (Yes, still obsessed with the size.) I liked the way the words looked on top of the flower, but it was a little busy, and made the words hard to read. To help fix that, I die cut a cream vellum circle with one of my Classic Circle dies, to layer in between. For extra dimension, I decided to connect the flower layers together with Clear Foam Tape, only in the center. This stuff is really cool! With all of the holes in the top layer of the flower, it would have been hard to pop it up without seeing white foam otherwise. There was some exposed foam between the pattern of the top flower, and I used that to grab the vellum circle. Since it was vellum, the adhesive was visible. No problem, I just covered it up with my sentiment.

Before I put the card together, I decided to spice up the white panel I planned to layer the flower on. So I cut it to 2 3/4″ x 5 3/4″ and sandwiched it between my Fern Berries stencil, and a squishy pad to emboss it. (If you don’t have this stencil in your collection, act fast, it’s on sale for half off for a few more days!)

To assemble the card, I glued the embossed panel to a kraft panel, measuring 3 1/8″ x 6 1/8,” then glued that to my cream card base, measuring 3 1/4″ x 6 1/4.” I tucked two of the leaves under the flower, and glued them all into place. Using a ruler and my locking tweezers to line the sentiment up, I glued that in place as well. For sparkle, I glued on a scattering of cola crystalline gems, in various sizes. I think it turned out really pretty! What do you think?

Since I only used two of the three leaves, and the leftover one had a complete gold outline, I decided to put together a bonus card. I mimicked the card base and background layers, and quickly cut and stacked another sentiment (I love that the words don’t have a lot of little parts, and the tiddles are all attached.) I glued the leaf in place, only applying adhesive near the base, so the edges could curl up a bit. Then, I glued the sentiment in place and added more of the same cola gems. I think this one is lovely too. How about you?

I wish I could capture the magic of the gold mirror paper on these cards. Since the words and outlines are narrow, it really pops in person! And the subtle texture of the embossed backgrounds adds a nice touch. I’m so glad I added the Chrysanthemum Blossom set to my stash; I can change the color scheme and use it year round!

Speaking of color schemes, what do you think of the cream and teal combo? (It’s really cream, kraft, white, gold, and teal, but that’s a mouthful.) I really like it! It feels like a modern fall combo. Lol, you might see it a few more times from me this season. I hope I’ve inspired you to give this combo a try. And maybe these cards too! If you do, please tag me on Instagram @pearblossompress, so I can see!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I’ll be back next week with more fun cards to share. I also have exciting news if you’re in the Southern California area; we have our first booth at the Stamp and Scrapbook Expo, in Ontario next week! Come out and see me!!! We’ll make some light-up cards together. Bonus, Lynda from i-crafter, and MaryAnn from The Rabbit Hole Designs will be there too, along with lots of our other favorite people. I sure hope to see you there!

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