Joy Throughout the Year
by Kim Singdahlsen
Poppystamps has so many amazing dies that I was able to put together a slimline card full of joy throughout the year!
I started with Stacked Joy but instead of using the full stack, I used the insides of the "J" and the "Y". Then I went through my stash looking for dies to represent the seasons that were appropriately sized for the letters. With the wide variety of dies often with images in multiple sizes, it turned out to be easy. The snowflake is the new Adelaide Snowflakes which has four sizes of snowflakes. Then Intricate Cut Butterflies also with four sizes. The Fanciful Fall Leaves doesn't have four sizes, but it does have four shapes (plus a couple of acorns) so I used the one that most looked like an "O". For Christmas, I used the Layered Holly Leaf Trio but I didn't layer it and I only used one of the leaves. I adore the look of the holly with its layers, but it wasn't a consistent look with the rest of the dies.
I used slightly different proportions than a standard slimline card. First, I did not want the JOYs getting lost on the card so I cut the woodgrain slightly narrower at 3". Then I wanted a bit more color so when I cut my card base, it is 3 1/2" on the bottom, but the top is trimmed to 3" to fit the card front which leaves 1/2" showing. Then I got a bit lazy, top to bottom the card is 8". I did this so my little 1/2" wide colored strips could each be 2" long and they would fit in an 8" card. Here's the inside along with the sentiment from Christmas Sparkle that inspired all of this.
I love the meaning of this card. The sentiment was my inspiration and the beautiful dies made it all come together!