Who Doesn’t Love A Rainbow?

This week has been a strange one for me.  It’s the first time in 33 years that I don’t have a job!  I took early retirement and my last day of controlling aeroplanes was on 13th April, however, I had annual leave to use to take me to my official retirement of 30th April.  Although I have retired, I’ve done so early and can’t yet claim my pension so I’m technically unemployed!  I thought that this would give me more time to do the things I want but so far, my experience of retirement is that time seems to go twice as fast!

For today’s card, I was inspired by a YouTube video by Angelica Conrad, which leant itself very well to making multiples.  This stamp set, a Big & Bold one called Build A Rainbow, by Colorado Craft Company, was another of my winnings that hadn’t yet seen the light of day.   I made use of my MISTI so that I could add multiple pieces of card in the different alignments.  After stamping the standard rainbow arc, I then added a new piece of card in a slightly offset place, to stamp a half arc and turned the card around to stamp an upside-down arc on the other side.

Once the first arc was complete, I replaced the card in the MISTI and arranged the next arc stamp and then repeated the stamping on all the pieces.

I don’t usually use Distress Oxides for stamping but I thought I’d try it out, using Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, Salty Ocean and Seedless Preserves.  Once the rainbow was complete, I added hearts from the set into the centres.

For some shine, I added Nuvo Crystal Drops Morning Dew onto the hearts.

For the sentiments, I used the Happy Birthday from CCC Birthday Wishes, white heat-setting it on black card and fussy cutting.  I then decorated them with rhinestones and Nuvo drops.

The first two, I simply added clear rhinestones and backed the panels with yellow card, mounting onto black and craft card bases.

For the third card, I added Nuvo Drops in Ivory Seashell and Violet Galaxy.  Each time, I attached the sentiment using black foam squares.

On my final card, I’d left too much space in the centre, so I found a curved sentiment in CCC’s Wishing Happiness stamp set and arranged this to match the arc of the rainbow.

Here's the full set of jolly rainbow cards.




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