Happy New Home

I am so thrilled that my oldest sister has moved back to Ontario.  They moved to another province about 19 years ago, not long after my middle sister moved away, leaving me “sister-less”.  As each of her children finished high school, they all moved back to Ontario, one by one.  Last year, the final child moved here to be close to her older siblings, leaving my sister and her husband alone!  So began many trips back and forth over the past several years to see their kids, and then grandkids and finally, they decided to move back to be closer by to them again.  They found a home quickly but had to wait several months for the current owners to move and to close the final sale.  Now they have their own space again, after living with several of their kids these past months.  Since I love making and giving cards, this presented the perfect opportunity to make a “Happy New Home” card for them.

While the Holiday Home stamp set and matching framelits are retired, I like them so much that I can’t give them up!  These were perfect to create a card for a new home!

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I stamped the same house image, 3 times on Whisper White cardstock.  Next I stamped the image again on a scrap piece of the Whisper White cardstock and coloured it using Crumb Cake, Pool Party and Daffodil Delight ink, with a Blender Pen. Asides from the colouring, I wanted the image to really stand out, so I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to raise it up.

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The sentiment is stamped in Archival Black ink and if you look closely, you’ll notice score lines above the words.  I added two score lines, at 1/2″ and 5/8″ in from the edge on both the top and the bottom edges of the card front.

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The final step was adding some Stampin’ Dimensionals to the back of the card front and attaching it to the Whisper White Thick cardstock base.  While the regular Whisper White is great for stamping on, it isn’t very sturdy to use as a card base, as it is lighter than regular cardstock.  The thick Whisper White on the other hand is perfect due to how sturdy it is.

Do you have a favourite retired Stampin’ Up! stamp set?  Leave me a comment with your favourite!

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