Stampin’ Up! Thoughtful Branches Hydrangea

Happy Weekend, y’all!  As I promised – I’ve got a peek at the beautiful new stamp set called Thoughtful Branches!  This one is so new, in fact – that only demonstrators can get it right now!  But not to worry – on 2 Aug, you’ll get your chance.  And boy – are you going to want it!!  Take a look at the set, first, okay?  You can click either picture and see a full-sized flyer!  Check those great sentiments and fonts!

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I know you can see all the possibilities of this set – and your creative brains are already spinning!  I used it today to make a thank you card – I love the combination of sentiments in the stamp set.  And, as you can surely tell by the title of this post – I made a hydrangea.  One of my favorite flowers! Take a look-see:

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How pretty is that flower?!?

I came across two challenges that just clicked for me with this set – and the Serene Scenery DSP Stack.  The first is a theme challenge.  TGIF Challenge #64 was looking for sunny and summery.

TGIFC#64 Sketch
Nothing says summer to me like the hydrangeas blooming behind my house.  And – when the sun is setting – it shines thru the trees and highlights the blue flowers – just like in this card!

The layout was inspired by the CAS(E) This Sketch challenge #181:

CTS 181 Sketch
My first step in making this card was to build the flower.  I actually cut two of the Beautiful Branches Thinlits flower die cuts – one in Dapper Denim and one from Canson 90lb Cold Pressed Watercolor Paper.  At that point, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them – I was just really excited to cut something with that cool die! 😉  Once I saw how pretty they were – I came up with the idea of watercoloring one and then layering them up.

I used my Aqua Painter and ink in the lid of my Dapper Denim ink pad and washed color onto my Watercolor flower.  Now – in truth, I could have colored the paper before I cut it.  It might have been a little easier.  But, it worked out!

Thoughtful Branches Appreciation Hydrangea 1 - Stamps-N-Lingers
Since, as we know, paper curls a little when we watercolor, I played up that tendency.  As the paper dried, I used my fingers to encourage it to curl into a convex shape.  I also used a large stylus to encourage it even more.  Then I let it dry all the way.

I used several small pieces of Stampin’ Dimensional on the back of my dry and curled watercolor paper flower – in the middle part – not the edges – and adhered it over my Dapper Denim flower – just ever so slightly offset.  And all of a sudden – I had a beautiful mop-head hydrangea!

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I set it aside so I could build my card front.  Using the perfect-for-my-theme design from the Serene Scenery DSP Stack, I cut the piece to the size I needed for the card front – and then cut it again to make the center panel.  I used Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue to adhere the top and bottom panels to an Old Olive mat.  Then I SNAILd the middle section to another Old Olive mat.

Thoughtful Branches Appreciation Hydrangea 2 - Stamps-N-Lingers
At that point, I started dry fitting my pieces together on the card.  I used the stem die in the Beautiful Branches Thinlits to cut an Old Olive stem.  As I laid everything out, it became pretty obvious that I needed to lose one of the leaves on the stem.

So I did! Just snipped it right offa there with my Paper Snips! 🙂

Once I knew where everything was going to fit on the card, I stamped the first sentiment in Early Espresso.  And it was ready to SNAIL onto the card front, making sure I had my image all lined up!

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I used Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue to adhere the hydrangea to the card front and a little more – plus some Stampin’ Dimensional on the bottom – to add the stem.  I gave the card a bit more of an organic flavor by making a small bow from four lengths of Linen Thread and then adhering that with a Glue Dot just under the flower head.  I brushed the flower with Clear Wink of Stella and added some Pearl Basic Jewels to the flower and under the sentiment, and the card front was done.

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On the inside, I stamped the leaf image from Thoughtful Banners in the middle of a Whisper White panel.  Then, curving the second sentiment onto my acrylic block (yes, this is a photopolymer set – thank you, Stampin’ Up!), I stamped it around the leaf in Early Espresso.

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I SNAILd the panel to an Old Olive mat, and then secured three lengths of Linen Thread on the back with scotch tape.  I added a tiny bow with a dab of Liquid Glue.  Then I SNAILd it into a Daffodil Delight card base, popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals, and the card was done!

My Medium Whisper White Envelope got a line of Old Olive Thoughtful Branches leaves across the front…

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…and the last of the Serene Scenery DSP Stack paper on the envelope flap.  Thank goodness I have a new stack arriving on Monday! 🙂

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Et Voila!  I hope you’re already starting to love this set as much as I am!  I can’t believe how much is in the bundle – so many fun things to stamp and cut and combine and create – and then add in the great sentiments.  This is a keeper, for sure!  I’m really looking forward to playing with it in the next few weeks!!

Scroll on down for the card cuts and all the goodies you need to make this for yourself! 

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I’ll be back with another project tomorrow – have a wonderful Saturday! 🙂





Daffodil Delight Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base, scored and folded at 5 1/2″)

Old Olive Card Stock: 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″ (mats for card front and for the inner liner); 2 1/8″ x 4 1/8″ (mat for front center panel); Thoughtful Branches stem die cut

Dapper Denim Card Stock: Thoughtful Branches flower die cut

Serene Scenery DSP Stack: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (card front – cut at 1 1/4″ from the top and again at 3 1/4″ – to make a 2″ strip in the middle)

Canson 90lb Cold Pressed Watercolor Paper: Thoughtful Branches flower die cut

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28 thoughts on “Stampin’ Up! Thoughtful Branches Hydrangea

  1. Patricia Allison

    This is an absolute stunning card, Mary! A blue ribbon prize winner at the county fair! You do such great work. Incredible!

  2. Mom

    Just as if you picked one and made a card with it! Only maybe even better ’cause it will keep. The leaves look translucent. Lovely, Mary!

  3. Your flower turned out just perfectly! I love the watercoloring and layering. Just beautiful! 🙂

  4. Kay V

    Love, Love this beauty. My Hydrangea here in Oregon is beautiful right now too.

    • Oh, thank you, Kay! Mine have started to yield to the ridiculous temperatures – but they were beautiful for a while!! 🙂

  5. Karen L.

    WOW!! That is one stunner of a card!! The Hydrangea looks sooooo real!! What a great job!!

  6. Thank you so much, Karen!! 🙂

  7. Gladys

    I love how you used the DSP as a background for your beautiful flower. GORGEOUS! I just ordered the set and can’t wait to play with it.

  8. Love, love, love this Mary! The gorgeous bloom cut out of the water colour paper and then washed with Dapper Denim is stunning! Love the mottled look that it gives. The laying on the Serene Scenery DSP makes for a beatifull summery card. Thanks for playing along this week and I hope we see you again next week at TGIF Challenges. Rochelle xo

  9. GORGEOUS!! I love the mix of the hydrangea flower with the Serene Scenery DSP–it’s pure brillance. I always enjoy visiting your blog. Thanks for playing along with our theme at TGIF this week. Smiles, Elizabeth

  10. Lovely thing to say, Elizabeth – thank you! 🙂

  11. Beautiful! I love the dimension! Great take on the sketch!

  12. Thanks, Leigh! 🙂

  13. This is totally gorgeous. Love the look of the watercolored flower & the dsp looks perfect with it. Love! … & pinning. Thanks for sharing.
    Di 🙂

  14. Absolutely Stunning! I love what you have done with the DSP just spectacular.x Bibi

  15. what a gorgeous card, Mary! I absolutely love hydrangeas too and love what you did here 🙂 The panel that you made with the scenery dsp is perfectly done! What a great card all around! Thanks for joining the fun at TGIF! hope to see you next week too!

  16. Appreciate you, Holly! 🙂

  17. Such a beautiful card Mary. I love what you’ve done with the Thoughtful Branches set here and how you paired it with that gorgeous scenic background. I do hope we will see more of your lovely work at TGIF soon!

  18. Love the card. Thank you for sharing.

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