Good Morning Everyone! I hope your week is going well, and that you have all your Christmas cards mailed out already. Sorry to say, I still have a few to send. Gosh, where did this year go? In some ways it went on far too long, thanks to Covid19, and in other ways it flew by.
At any rate it is Thursday and my creative, talented team mates have some lovely things to show. Our inspiration this week is color. We can use all of them, but must use at least 3. Here is our inspiration:
I chose to use Pool Party, Early Espresso and Old Olive for my sympathy card today. Here it is:
The card base is Pool Party (5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″) as is the front of the card. I cut a separate panel of Pool Party (4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″) to emboss with the Evergreen Forest Embossing Folder, then used Liquid Glue to adhere it to the card front.
Using the Beautiful Boughs dies, I cut one large and one small bough from Old Olive. For these you will need a piece of card stock about 3″ x 5″. I then cut 2 large and 2 small pine cones and 2 large and 2 small pine cone details from Early Espresso ( 2 1/2″ x 5 1/2″). In hind sight, I think I should have used a sponge and some ink to highlight them, but, I didn’t. Just an idea you might want to try.
The smaller label die in that die set was used to cut the Pool Party sentiment panel (1 1/2″ x 3″) AFTER I stamped it in Early Espresso. The sentiment is from the Well Said stamp set. Using my Early Espresso Stampin’ Write Marker, I penned some stitches around the edge.
The elements were dry fit, that is, laid out without any adhesion. When I was satisfied, I took a photo with my phone to ensure that I could repeat the layout. The larger bough was Liquid Glued to the card front. Over this I glued a small pine cone, then used Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the larger one over the small one.
The smaller pine branch was partially adhered with Liquid Glue to leave some of the needles loose. The other small pine cone was adhered with Liquid Glue. Over this, Liquid Glue was used on the sentiment corner that overlaps the 2 pine cones, and Stampin’ Dimensionals adhere the other corners. Liquid glue was used to stick down the last pine cone under the sentiment.
The finishing touch is a Linen Thread, loopy, casual bow, which is attached with a couple of Glue Dots.
For the inside I cut a panel of Early Espresso (4″ x 5 1/4″) as a mat for the sentiment liner. This liner was cut from a 3 1/2″ x 5″ piece of Pool Party with the third largest Stitched Rectangles die.
I laid this on a piece of scrap paper so I could stamp off the edge without getting my mat all inky. The Peaceful Boughs stamp set coordinates with the Beautiful Boughs dies and is just simply beautiful. Using Old Olive ink, I stamped off the larger bough once, then stamped it in the upper left corner. The middle sized bough was used twice in the lower right, and was also stamped off once each time. The pine cones are the smaller ones and stamped full strength in Early espresso. Lastly, with the sentiment from Woven Heirlooms and Early Espresso Ink, I stamped the sentiment.
This liner was glued to the Early Espresso mat and into the card base. This finishes the card, but we can’t have naked envelopes, now, can we?
I put the flap in the Evergreen Forest Embossing Folder and embossed it. Then, with Old Olive Ink I stamped a couple of pine boughs, full strength, from Peaceful Boughs, on the front.
I hope you enjoyed this card, and will want to make one yourself. Now, on with the hop. Just click the button below to go to the Amy’s blog, or any individual’s name to go directly there.
Julie Johnston – You are Here