My crafty friend, Ann, and I were busy making cards again. This time we worked with the Thoughtful Branches stamp set and die Bundle by Stampin’ Up.
We looked through Pinterest for inspiration and found no shortage for this great bundle of stamps and coordinating dies. I wanted to share a few of my favorites and tell you what I particularly like about them.
I love this clever acetate based card. To cover the adhesive, I would cut two of everything and attach it to either side of the acetate. That may be what was done here as well. A heavier weight acetate would help to keep the card from bowing under the weight of the card stock.
By selectively cutting the flower die into three sizes, this card maker created a beautiful topiary. She used Stampin’ Up’s Bell Punch for the urn; just cut off the bottom…genius!
This pretty card was created by die cutting the tree from the Very Vanilla card stock and again in various colored card stocks. The colors were inlaid in the Very Vanilla,matted on matching colored card stock (with a the bird stamped to coordinate) and attached to a black base.
No dies this time, but what an effective use of the tree stamp. That tree just jumps off the computer screen. I need to try this!
A simple design, but so beautiful with copper die cut leaves and embossed greeting. The leaves were also cut from the top piece of Whisper White and then laid on the card base, embossed with the Woodgrain folder.
I’m sharing this because I always marvel over people who come up with unconventional uses for dies and stamps. Here is such an instance, where the tree top has been turned into coral.
There are so many more great cards in Pinterest, but I thought I’d better get to showing you what Ann and I made, inspired by Stamp & Create by Sabrina.
First up, a decidedly feminine birthday card using Pink Pirouette and Whisper White card stock and Brushed Silver Paper (retired).
I actually used the flower from the Flower Shop set for some diversity in the cards. It uses the same Pansy Punch as the flower image in the Thoughtful Branches flower. There’s a specific way in which these flowers need to be punched for the pattern to match, so I would suggest you practice first…practice makes (almost) perfect! I stamped the leaves with VersaMark on the Silver paper and heat embossed with Silver Embossing Powder. The same was done for the upper portion of the greeting. The bottom portion of the greeting was heat embossed on a Whisper White panel I cut in the Silhouette which sits on a larger Silver mat. I accented the flower centers with Silver Stickles and a Silver Leaf Pen.
Before I attached all of this, I rounded the bottom corners of the card, stamped randomly with the flower cluster stamp using Pink Pirouette and heat embossed just a bit of the edge in Silver.
Inside, I created the sentiment in my Silhouette using the greeting as my guide. You can see that if you click on the card. It’ll take you to the gallery.
Next we made a Thank You card using the beautiful Blackberry Bliss (love this color) paired with Perfect Plum and Whisper White card stock and Gold Brushed Paper (retired).
As with the first card, the greeting was stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed. As you can see, we switched to Gold this time for the greeting and the leaves. For the flower, another stamp from the Flower Shop was used and stamped in Blackberry Bliss on Perfect Plum. I shaded the flower every so lightly with Perfect Plum and an Aqua Painter. I dotted the center with a Gold Leaf Pen. The center panel was placed on a slightly larger Gold mat. Simple, but beautiful.
The sentiment for this card was created in the Silhouette where I duplicated the rectangles, flowers and found fonts which paired well with the stamped greeting. Click on the card to zip over to the gallery if you’d like to see it.
Our last card would work well as a sympathy card or one that offers a show of support for someone who’s struggling with life.
This card was made using Wild Wasabi card stock and ink. I cut the white panel in the Silhouette, creating a stitched edge. This edge was accentuated by sponging. I stamped the leaf randomly on a Wild Wasabi panel and filled in the open spaces with the Dots stamp by Judith & Heather. I used the MISTI to stamp the greeting and I’m so glad I did because it took three attempts to make a nice, bold image. The die cut leaves came from the die bundle; I cut off the top and bottom. I had these very old brads from Stampin’ Up. I cut a 1/2 circle from the card stock after stamping a heart in the center and placed it on the brad before attaching the acrylic topper.
I stamped the sentiment inside to match. You already know to click on the card if you want to see more images.
I’d say Ann and I had a very productive day as we made multiples of each card, had a great lunch and still had time to some Stampin’ Up shopping. I give this day a thumbs up as my blogging friend, Jeanette, would say.