Country Bouquet Double Dutch Door Fun Fold
I love the images in the Country Bouquet stamp set, they are just my style. I bought it last year when it debuted in the 2023 January - April Mini catalog. But having recently moved into an apartment I wasn't quite ready to make Valentines. I bought the coordinating DSP at the same time but didn't get around to using it until now. I found this fun Dutch Door Valentine by Dr. Robin which uses the DSP and coordinating punch.
Valentine's Day has always been difficult for me, being single most of my adult life. I was married and then divorced so it was always hard to see the other ladies in the office getting flowers on Valentines. Then in 2005 I met the love of my life. We had a couple wonderful years together, when we discovered late in December 2007 that he had cancer. We got married on January 1, 2008 and he passed away in May of 2008. Since I became a demonstrator and having a soft spot for my friends and family who are also widows, I try to send them a Valentine, know myself how much it would mean to me to find one in the mail. So, spoiler alert, these are the cards that they will be getting.
Since the DSP (Designer Series Paper) is no longer available but the stamp set and punch are, I wanted to share how to replicate the DSP pattern on one of the sheets where all the images can be punched out at once . Here are the cards side by side. The one with the hearts on the left is made with images punched from the DSP. The one on the right is made with just the stamps. Can you tell the difference?
Watch my video on how tips on how to make this Dutch Door Fun Fold Valentine and to use the punch to stamp out all the images at once..
I used the 2022 - 2024 In Color 6" x 6" DSP pack, right now you will find this on the Clearance rack, since these In Colors will be retiring at the end of June 2024, along with the Sweet Sorbet card stock and stamp pad. (Click on the links to add them to your cart. I also used Mossy Meadow ink and Mint Macaron (which is retired, ) and Petal Pink Ink for the small heart, these were the colors used in the original DSP pack.
For the circles I used the retired Starburst Circle Punch and the 2" circle punch. The Deckled Circles would work great for this too if you don't have circle punches or dies in your stash.
I embellished the card with a few Rhinestone Basic Jewels.
Sweet Sorbet card stock 4-1/4" x 11", scored at 5-1/2".
Basic White card stock: 2-3/8" x 5-3/8" front panel and 3" x 4" for the images, and 4" x 5-1/4" for the inside panel and a scrap piece for the white circle.
DSP: 2-1/4" x 5-1/4" for the front panel.
I hope you enjoy this card. It was fun to make and I hope these Valentines will bring a bit of joy to my friends and family.
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