This week’s star of the show is the Stampin’ Up! Evergreen Forest 3D embossing folder. It’s super detailed and has so much dimension that it deserves to be the focal point of the card. I paired it with the new Brushed Metallic cardstock for added glitz!
To begin, I embossed a top layer of white card and a skinnier panel of metallic card. I deliberately made my metallic panel longer so that I’d have some wiggle room when assembling the two together.
As the embossing is so deep, it’s easy to ‘feel’ when the panels are aligned and the branches match. Once aligned, I glued first the top half, holding the bottom in place, then lifted the bottom to adhere that. I used lots of liquid glue to get into all the nooks and crannies of the trees. Once dry, I trimmed off the excess metallic card.
I wanted a pop of colour on the card so I applied a strip of adhesive tape across the panel to attach some coordinating ribbon.
Lastly, I mounted the panel onto a Cherry Cobbler mat layer and then onto the Smoky Slate card base, adding the greeting.
Since I had three colours of brushed metallic card, I had to make three cards. This one is in more traditional colours comprising Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green.
The last one is copper with Pretty Peacock and Night of Navy.
There are lots of rainbows around at the moment, not the meteorological kind but ones created to celebrate the work of the NHS during the pandemic. This made me think of doing a rainbow-themed card for my blog this week. I used the leaf cluster from Rooted in Nature as my feature image whilst the large sentiment from the same set was the focal point.
To begin, I stamped the sentiment just left of centre.
Next, I stamped the leaf image seven times, changing between the rainbow colours each time.
Since I had decided to use a Pacific Point card base, I decorated the liner and envelope with the leaves stamped in the same colour.
To complete the card, the front panel was mounted on a black layer before being adhered to the card base.
Summer is a great time to be out in the garden: there’s a wealth of colour, flowers, birds and insects to feast your eyes on. I particularly enjoy growing plants that are beneficial for both me and the wildlife and one of those essentials is sunflowers. I don’t grow the 10ft monsters for a few reasons; they require too much faffing around with, you only get a solitary flower on them, albeit huge, and our garden is very windy so it would likely get broken. My favourite sunflower to grow is ‘Vanilla Ice’. It’s a multi-branched variety, so lots of flowers for the vase and the wildlife, it’s really easy to grow and it flowers for months.
The Painted Harvest stamp set features a great water-coloured sunflower image and is also easy to create stunning cards with. It’s a multi layered stamp and I usually use a second-generation image for the back layer by stamping off onto scrap paper first but with the yellow ink, it’s not necessary so I just inked up and stamped straight onto the card.
The second layer has more detailed petals. I don’t think there’s a match to the first layer – not that I’ve found anyway! – so that makes it dead easy to just stamp right over the top of the first.
The sunflower centre is created with a graduated tone from a single stamp.
I wanted the leaves to look like they were peeking out from beneath the flower but the stamp has a section of stalk on it. There are several ways to overcome this: ink up only the section you want to stamp; make a mask to protect the flower; or cut the stamp (gulp!). I used a mask made from a post-it note. (I keep the masks I make with the stamp set for future use.) The leaves are also made up with 2 stamps for a textured look.
A Crushed Curry mat and sentiment from the Butterfly Gala complete the single sunflower card.
For this multi sunflower card, I put the sentiment stamp where I was going to stamp it and then stamped my sunflowers around and off the page. Again, I use the mask to protect the flower whilst I stamped the leaves.
I heat embossed the sentiment using gold embossing powder and then mounted on a Sahara Sand card base.
Although not technically sunflowers, the stamp works equally well when used with colours other than yellow. Here’s a presentation folder I created for my watch’s retirement gift for a work colleague.
If you really want to go off-piste, stamp the image in different greens and use it as a wreath for a Christmas card. I heat embossed some gold dots and added some red rhinestones for some festive bling!