Did you know you pay extra postage for a square sized card? Well that's if you use a square envelope. You could always put a square card in a rectangle envelope. I love square-shaped cards but don't like paying extra for postage. So I decided to turn my square card into a standard A2 size which is 4.25"x 5.5".
I used Gina K's Wreath Builder stamp set to create a card. The wreath builder stencil and stamp set only creates square cards. That's why I had to change things up. To start, I put the wreath builder stencil inside the MISTI and cut a piece of Royal Sundance Felt Card Stock in Brilliant White to a 3.75" x 3.75" square. To make sure the card stock stays put while stamping, I applied temporary adhesive to the back. When I'm finished, I remove the temporary adhesive with the adhesive remover shown below.
I stamped this wreath slightly different. I began by stamping several images the traditional way in the 8 different corners of the stencil. I did that for the light green branch and the two aqua flowers. For the other images, I stamped only 4 times instead of 8. I only have 4 of the pink images - the hearts and pink floral. For those, I only used the square orientation in the wreath builder stencil. It's a quick way to get a different look using the same items.
For this card, I wanted a traditional A2 sized card (4.25"x 5.5"). To do that I stretched the wreath image. By cutting it in half and adding a strip of paper, you can stretch the card to an A2 sized card. The scary part is cutting the wreath image in half.
To create the strip of paper to go across the middle, I used one of the same ink colors I stamped on the wreath. Using Cougar White Super Smooth card stock, I rubbed the ink cube across it until it was completely covered. The Cougar Super Smooth card stock works great for this kind of technique. It's smooth texture helps the ink glide easily across it. It absorbed the color evenly too. I also have a coordinating piece of card stock.
I love the texture of the Royal Sundance Felt Card Stock in Brilliant White. Here's a close-up of the stamping on the Royal Sundance Felt Card Stock in Brilliant White. . . . . . .
And here's the finished card.
I created a couple other cards while I had the stamp set out. The other two are the square sized cards created with the same stencil. The one on the left, stamped in red and greens, I explained in an earlier post you can view here. For the card on the right, I used mostly green inks and just a touch of yellow. For the green and yellow card, you'll noticed I positioned the images so they are branching out of the circle instead of creating a traditional wreath in a circle. It's just a matter of placing the images in a different position.
If you need to stock up on the Cougar Super Smooth Card Stock or Felt Card Stock , you have until the end of the month. It's on sale over here.
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