Good morning – Happy Wednesday! So, if you’re following along, you’ll remember that last Monday was the day of the “Big Surgery” for my young friend. All went well – although they didn’t actually FIND the cyst that they did the surgery to find in the first place… huh? Appears that there was just some kind of blotch/shadow/mark on the X-ray. So, Matt’s a little bummed that he’s gone thru all this for nothing – but at least he got that wisdom tooth out and won’t be having to worry about it later (like when he’s 37 and has a full time job and has to try to get a day off and sick leave and all that nonsense!). And, the strawberry malt and Get Well Soup card went a long way towards making him feel better! Ice Cream solves much in life, yes? 😉
Today’s share is an all-out celebration of the new Garden in Bloom stamp set. It’s just gorgeous and has so many possibilities for creative fun. Take a look-see:
The inspiration for my card came from the folks over at CAS(E) This Sketch. Sketch #133, to be more specific. Be sure to head over there, and I’d encourage you to sign up to follow their blog – that way you get all the new design challenges and ideas right in your inbox!
Let me start by saying that my lighting and camera didn’t do me right on this card. The Expressions Natural Elements (“Celebrate”) is GREEN. Mossy Meadow green, to be exact. In every picture – and no matter what I did to fix it – it comes out looking black. It definitetly isn’t black, okay? It’s green. Waldmoos green. That’s one of the other names for Mossy Meadow, apparently. I’m pretty sure that’s German, but…. I like to put the English word for my ink on one side of the pad and then I pick one of the other three – the one that sounds the coolest and LEAST like the English version, to put on the other end. That way I’m learning a new language while I stamp! Well, “learning” may be too strong a word….. 😉
Any-hooch – back to the card. I started by stamping the large flower line image in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on a piece of Whisper White card stock. No particular rhyme or reason to it, just stamped until I thought it looked right, but I did make sure to send a couple of flowers over the edge. The flower “fills” are done with Crushed Curry. Please don’t forget to use your squishy mat, okay? And, since these are three-step stamps, the flower centers are stamped in Delightful Dijon. For the second, smaller flowers, I again stamped the line image in the Tuxedo Black. The little guys have TWO fill stamps – so I did the first one (that’s the full flower stamp) in Pink Pirouette. The second part of the flower filler is done in Blushing Bride. Not a ton of contrast, but enough to make the flower have a little dimension. At that point, I SNAILd the card front to my Crushed Curry Card Stock mat.
The little butterflies – and all these stamps are from the Garden in Bloom set – see what I mean about how versatile it is? This set also has the totally cute bumble bee in it, that I used in this card:
I digress – again! The little butterflies are double stamped. First I stamped their outlines in Tuxedo Black onto the card front. I filled them in with Elegant Eggplant – which I’d stamped off once on scrap paper before I stamped the card. With those stamped, I popped the layered card front onto my Mossy Meadow card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Then I stamped 3 more butterflies in the exact same way on some scrap Whisper White and fussy cut them with my snips. I attached each of the butterflies over a corresponding stamped butterfly on the card front using Glue Dots, and kind of bent their little wings up to give them a little “movement”, know what I mean?
The sentiment is one of the new Expressions Natural Elements wooden embellishments. I didn’t want the natural wood – so I used my Waldmoos Stampin’ Write Marker to color it. I let it dry and then colored it again to darken it up. Then I covered it with some Crystal Effects to make it shine! I let that dry really well, and then I adhered it with a small amount of Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue. I added the Pearl Basic Jewels to the butterflies to finish them off. And that completed the front of the card!
For the inside, I stamped more of the flowers onto a liner of Whisper White. The color scheme is identical to the front: Tuxedo Black, Crushed Curry and Delightful Dijon on the large flowers and Tuxedo Black, Pink Pirouette and Blushing Bride on the smaller ones.
The sentiment is also from the Garden in Bloom set – all I did was cover the rest of the sentiment on the stamp with a sticky note and only inked up the word “Friends”. Get it? Celebrate Friends? I know – I’m simply too too clever….. 😉
To make the whole thing just come together and rock, I added some more flowers to the Medium Whisper White envelope.
You know what’s next – say it with me…. Et Voila! The card was done. I don’t have enough words of praise for this stamp set. It’s so very versatile and so very creative. I love the line drawings and the relaxed, easy watercolor-y feel that the multi-stamp effect gives you. It encourages coloring outside the lines – and makes it look awesome. Please get Garden in Bloom if you haven’t already. It’s a Moral Imperative….. there’s a movie reference for you. Anyone know what movie and which actor said it??
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I’ll see you tomorrow – thanks for stopping by!
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