ASSIGNMENT: make cards illustrating what you like best about SPRING in your home area. (Yes, I am very late in posting these, though they were completed in April!)
For me, the best thing about Spring is the flowering of the trees. I love the magnolias, the plums, and the dogwoods most of all. As it happens, I have a dogwood clear stamp and I chose to use it four ways (because I don't like being repetitive) because I don't like being repetitive (LOL).
For the first I stamped three times on white cardstock, blocking out the text on two of them. They were colored with watercolor markers and then I used a square punch to cut them out, changing the orientation so they would look like different branches. Then I rounded two corners of each and hit all the edges with Old Paper distress ink on a foam applicator. These were then attached to a butter yellow cardstock strip. I selected a cream base card and stamped over the whole face using a flowering branch stamp and Old Paper distress ink. It was a little stark so I used an aquabrush to color in the blooms and branches which melted the ink color into these areas. I mounted the image strip and then rounded the two outer corners. Here's the result:
Yes, it IS yummy! But I kept going. I selected another white cardstock and stamped all around the outside with the dogwood stamp to create a frame and then colored it with watercolor markers. I used a nestabilities labels die to cut out the center and the next larger one to emboss a frame around the cutout. I used Old Paper distress ink to tint the whole frame and mounted it to a cream card base using 3d glue dots around the inside and regular glue dots at the outer edges. I stamped text onto white cardstock and cut this with the next smaller nestability die and tinted it with the same distress ink. Here's a look:
Ooooh! Aaaaah! But we're not done yet.
Next I stamped the dogwood only twice onto white cardstock and blocked the text out on both. Then I colored with the watercolor markers. This I cut with a large scallop oval Nestability dieand tinted with Old Paper distress ink on a foam applicator. I selected a cream card base and used a Cuttlebug embossing frame folder on the front of it. I stamped the text and used a watercolor marker to add vines all around the edges. Then I mounted thedogwood panel using foam tape. Are you ready for this???
Lovely, no? And one more...
This time I stamped the dogwood three times in an arch and colored with watercolor markers. I cut this into a panel and rounded the corners before using the Old Paper distressink on the whole thing. I chose another cream card base and ran this thru the Cuttlebug with the Script foldes. I burnished it lightly to flatten the embossing a bit and then used the distress ink to very slightly color the raised portions. I added the stamped panel with foam tape and then rounded all four corners of the card.
So there you have it. One image stamp, one background stamp, four markers, one distress ink pad, two nestabilities sets, two embossing folders, two punches, four cream card bases, one yellow strip.... four awesome cards for Spring.