Sunday, 5 May 2019

#CTC227 Favourite Retiring Bundle

Well this is a sad day - facing up to having to say Goodbye to our favourite bundle

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You probably don't need any reminding of how much I love this bundle on page 135. Just because it's retiring though, doesn't mean it's leaving my craft room any time soon!

I decided it was time to get on board the Floating Frame technique that has been trending of late. I had a rough idea of how it should work but to be sure I was on the right path watched the Floating Die Cut Frame video by Jennifer McGuire on YouTube. Even better, I didn't need to rush out and buy the Glad Press 'n Seal, as it has been sitting in my craft room since I used to use it piecing the retired Rose thinlits pieces back together.  

I diecut Whisper White hydrangea flower 'blanks' from the Foliage Frame Framelits and used my Stamparatus to line them up in a negative and stamp the Floral Frames image with Memento Black ink. I used my Pacific Point marker and scribbled ink onto a palette, then picked it up with my Aqua brush to do my colouring. I also diecut some of the larger leaves from the Foliage Frames using Tranquil Tide cardstock.  

I created the layout and picked it up with my piece of Press 'n Seal, laid it on a piece of cardstock the same size as my card and diecut a Stitched Rectangle shape from the centre of the 'frame'.  After removing the centre and piece of backing card, you lay the whole lot face down and go through the process of adding mini Stampin' Dimensionals to each piece! (Tip: the bigger the images you use, the less time you'll spend here #askmehowiknow). 

I have used the greeting from Picture Perfect Birthday (also retiring soon) and stamped it in Memento Black ink on the centre of my Lemon Lime Twist card.  Next tip: Use the Stamparatus and slide the Press 'n Seal with the uncovered dimensionals carefully into the top corner - because your card is the same size, it's the perfect way to get everything lined up without worrying if you're straight. Pop your card into the corner and gently lower -  job done!

After I started to remove the Press 'n Seal, I remembered reading people discuss the care needed as you may rip the surface of your inked images. I didn't get as far as learning any solutions but did remember that heat gun was useful for removing tape. I gave the top a bit of a blast with my heat gun, and stopped when it started to shrivel - it came away a lot easier.  

Definitely won't be the last time I use this technique. So pleased with how it turned out and the greeting really suited the brilliance of the blue hydrangea against the Lemon Lime Twist. A fitting tribute to my favourite retiring bundle.

The crew would love it if you would play along as well. Make a card by next Sunday evening and post to our Facebook page with the link on the right including "#CTC227" so we can find it. For now, please hop to the delightful Kelly's creation:


  1. What a stunning card! I love that technique!

  2. Wow, Sandra this is amazing! I love the colours you've chosen and the detailed explanation is great Thankyou.

  3. Fabulous colour choice Sandra!

  4. Lovely card Sandra! I feel like the last person in the crafting world to try this technique. I shall have to hunt down some Press & Seal and give it a go! Kelly x

  5. Beautiful card Sandra, I love the addition of the leaves in Tranquil Tide. Great tip for using the heat gun too.

    1. Tks Peta, hope it useful but in hindsight not everyone uses tools cautiously eek