Friday, March 1, 2024

OXIDIZED DELICATE FLOREST

Today, I'm using a couple more of the interesting dies from the Delicate Forest Bundle.  

Notice the little leaf stems that peek out from the top of the sentiment.  The Delicate Forest Dies include 4 leafy stem dies, but two of them are attached to a lower "border" that makes them exceptionally easy to adhere to the back of sentiments.  They are very similar to the type of dies that are in the Timeless Arrangements Dies.  Whoever at Stampin' Up! that came up with this idea for dies is genius!  It makes it so easy to layer and position them.  Check out the Product List below to better understand these dies.  My card uses the smaller of the two.

At my February Stamp Camp, I had one card that used the colors, Pool Party, Pretty Peacock and Parakeet Party.  Several of the class participants commented how much they liked that color combination.  So, since it was so popular at my in-person class, I decided that I would make another card using this color combination.

To add a bit of shimmer and shine I combined these 3 colors with the Oxidized Copper Specialty Paper.  I love this Specialty Paper, particularly this version that combines the Oxidized Copper with Pretty Peacock.  But then, I suspect everything looks a little prettier with Pretty Peacock.  Are you as happy as I am that Stampin' Up! brought this color back last spring with the color refresh?

This was a very easy card, and I love the layout.  I came across the layout on Pinterest. It took a bit of trial and error to figure out the sizes that I thought looked best, but now that I have figured that out, I think it is going to become one of my go-to layouts.

If you like the layout, use this link to download a tutorial.  It has all the dimensions so you don't have to figure out the sizes for yourself!  You're welcome!  LOL

To decorate the inside of the card, I used my go-to solution -- a decorative strip adhered to one side of the Basic White layer.  It's simple.  It's pretty, and it ties the inside to the front of the card.

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Wednesday, February 28, 2024

DELICATE FOREST WITH STRIPED WIPE TECHNIQUE

Today's pretty card was made with the Striped Wipe Technique.  This is a fun technique with variety only limited by your imagination.

The technique uses baby wipes and reinkers to create a background.  The sky behind the Delicate Forest Tree was made with the colors Azure Afternoon, Balmy Blue, and Fresh Freesia.  Granny Apple Green was used for the grass.

If you are unfamiliar with the Striped Wipe Technique you can watch the following video on my YouTube Channel to learn how to do it.


This is a fun technique, but you may want to have a pair of latex gloves handy as it can get your fingers nice and inky!  Just don't forget to put them on like I did in the video!  LOL

For this card I used photo paper for my background and after creating the Striped Wipe background I heat embossed the tree with Black embossing powder.

I used a bit of a squiggly motion as I wiped my Baby Wipes across the photo paper.  That's how I created the look of billowing clouds.

The sentiment that I used on this card is also from the Delicate Forest Stamp Set, but I modified it a bit.  The actual stamp says "SENDING OUR LOVE" on one line.  Since I would be sending the card from just me, I didn't want to use the word "our".  I also wanted the sentiment to fit on this small circle from Stylish Shapes Dies, so I used my Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker to ink portions of the stamp and then stamped each word separately.  Sometimes we forget about this simple solution to modify sentiments to better fit our needs.  If you use a marker to ink your stamp, just remember to hough on the stamp before stamping on your cardstock.

When I use very generic sentiments on the front, I often leave the inside of the card sentiment-free until I know how the card will be used.  This allows me to add a sentiment later, or to just write a personal message.  I picked the colors from the card front, Tahitian Tide and Basic Black, for my double mats. 

Since I used Azure Afternoon and Balmy Blue ink on the Striped Wipe Technique for the card front, you may wonder why I chose Tahitian Tide cardstock for my embossed front layer.  I found that when I used photo paper for the Striped Wipe technique, the resulting colors were often brighter and more intense than when I used Basic White cardstock.  As a result Tahitian Tide cardstock better matched the actual technique color than Balmy Blue or Azure Afternoon cardstock.

Use this link to download a free tutorial for today's card.

Current products used are also shown below.  The black & silver ribbon I used is retired.  I encourage you to always use what you have!

 

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Monday, February 26, 2024

DELICATE FOREST MEADOW

As I indicated yesterday one of the reasons I was immediately attracted to this Delicate Forest Bundle was because of the beautiful dies.  Today's card uses the largest of the dies.


I created the die cut from a piece of the gorgeous Meandering Meadows Designer Series Paper (DSP).  Doesn't this die look like a trellis covered with pretty greenery? The beautiful scene on the other side of the trellis is also from the Meandering Meadows DSP.  I think it looks like the perfect place for a picnic, doesn't it?


This stamp set also includes beautiful sentiments of encouragement, and the dies include dies that perfectly die cut the sentiments.  This sentiment seems perfect for someone who has been going through a difficult time, but they are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel.


When you have designer series paper that is so pretty, you don't really need much else.  The only embellishments I added were the little gold bow and a gold Blooming Pearl on the sentiment.  This was an extremely quick and easy card to make, but I think it will make someone smile.


For the inside of the card I added a strip of the pretty scenic DSP that was leftover once I cut the piece for the card front.  This leaves lots of room to either add a sentiment later or to write a personal note.


The short product list is shown below.  Click on any image to learn more about that product.

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