This is the first (more complicated) card that the stamp club group made on Wednesday evening. You are probably wondering why this card is “complicated” because from this photo it doesn’t look very unique. I try to have the first card we make more challenging, and the second card a bit easier to put together. Part of what I consider is the amount of time required, and since this card has coloring with the Stampin’ Blends it takes a bit longer to finish the artwork pieces. Stay tuned for another factor that makes this card special.

When you open the card you see this pretty colored panel for the inside. You get a peek at the flowers through the window in the front, but you get a more complete picture here. The stamp set that we used here is retiring as of June 3rd. I love coloring the images in this set, so I wanted to take one last chance to showcase it to the club gals. One thing that is cool is that daffodils come in many different color combinations, so with the Stampin’ Blends you can create your favorite daffodil.

This picture makes the special-ness of this card obvious. It is a three-panel card! You won’t find many of these in the Hallmark section of your drug store. Whoever receives this card will really know that they are special. And the nice thing is that you have a separate panel for writing your message and you don’t have to message up the art on the middle layer.

I’ve mentioned before that I watch YouTube videos from Jennifer McGuire who is a card making virtuoso. She doesn’t use Stampin’ Up! products – ever. I watch for ideas that can be translated to the products that we have available from Stampin’ Up! Many of her videos can’t be replicated, but thankfully there are from time to time gems that are universally do-able. This is one of those gems; this card technique is called “Surprise Window”. Search YouTube and you’ll find her video that shows how to make this card. I encourage you to give it a try!

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