So, as I mentioned in my last post, we are celebrating World Card Making Day through the weekend, over at Stamp Nation! We are having challenges at 8 AM, 12PM, 4PM, and 8PM today thru Sunday. This was the 12PM challenge today, and the inspiration picture and theme was the Land Challenge. I did two cards for this challenge; I actually started with one, but I was so inspired by one of the other designers, I decided to do one like she did too.
So, for my first card, I started with my standard format, a standard, A2, top folding card, and a slightly smaller card layer that measures 4″ x 5 1/4″.
I used the Fall Basic Pack from Oriental Trading™ for both the leaf and wood paper. I cut a 2″ strip from the wood paper and 2 – 2″ strips from the leaf paper. I ran my Elmers™ snail adhesive from bottom left corner to upper right corner, then another strip of adhesive on each side of that, about 3/4″ apart. I then placed my wood pattern paper on top and trimmed the excess. I then did the same with the green leaf pattern on each side of the wood pattern, and trimmed the excess. This left me with two tiny white corners, so I used scraps from the wood strip and covered the corners.
I just received the Beautiful Day stamp set by Altenew™ from a friend, and I absolutely LOVE it! It is a gorgeous layering set with a nice big flower, and very pretty leaves, and a few blossom branches. If you are looking for a pretty layering set, I highly suggest this one, because you get a two sentiments with it as well, and it is such a pretty set.
Anyway, I used that set for my leaves. For the green leaves, I used New Sprout by Momento™ for the bottom layer, Shabby Shutters by Distress™ for the mid layer, and Bamboo Leaves by Momento™ for the top outline layer. For the brown leaf, I used Antique Linen by Distress™, then Desert Sand by Momento™, then Tea Dye by Distress™.
I cut a 1 1/2″ strip of white cardstock and stamped the Thankful For stamp in Potting Soil Archival ink by Ranger™, then the everything stamp by Stampabilities. I used my mini blending tool with the Potting Soil ink on the edges of my strip, then I took 3M Foam Mounting Tape by Scotch and popped the sentiment strip up. I used Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue to adhere the tan leaf to the sentiment strip and one green leaf to the background, but I left the edges of the green leaf untouched and curled them up a bit, for just a little dimension. Lastly, I added the remaining leaf to the sentiment strip with the foam mounting tape, and I doubled the foam tape up to adhere the leaf that hung over the edge.
That is it! This card really wasn’t hard, but it turned out beautifully, I think 🙂 Sometimes it is the more simple things that turn out to be the best.
Like I said before, I had planned on just making the one card for this challenge, but after seeing a card that one of the other ladies on the design team made, I knew I had to use that awesome watercolor technique and make one for myself.
This one reminds me of a garden. Like when the vines grow up the terrace.. That is what this reminds me of, and I absolutely LOVE how it came out!
I used the same standard A2, top folding card base, but my wood layer goes all the way to the edges of the card, rather than leaving a white border like I normally do.
I also used the same wood paper, and the same Beautiful Day stamp set by Altenew™. Here, you can see one of the beautiful sentiments I was talking about.
So, this card may look like a lot of effort, but it really isn’t.
First, I cut down my white layer to the standard 4″ x 5 1/4″ to stamp my leaves on, but instead of using my standard cardstock, I used 140 lb. watercolor paper by Artists Loft™. I took the bottom leaf layer from the set and stamped Twisted Citron Distress™ ink all over it, then I rocked the edges in Mowed Lawn Distress™ ink. I took my spray bottle and spritzed the stamp 3-4 times, until the ink was flowing and beading up the way I wanted it to. I repeated this process, making sure to turn the stamp different directions each time, until the entire piece was stamped. I, then, cut a 1 3/4″ strip from the top 1/3 of the piece. I used my Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Adhesive to adhere my wood pattern paper to the card base, then I used 3M Foam Mounting Tape to pop the two stamped pieces up. I then I stamped the sentiment from the Beautiful Day set using Jet Black Archival ink by Ranger™.
Normally, I would use a pencil to trace a line between the layers to show where to stamp, but this foam tape was thin enough that I could still stamp after the layers were added.
Lastly, I added some lime green sequins bought from Walmart, by Horizon Group™, and put a drop of Apple Green Nuvo Crystal Drops™ in the centers of the sequins as well as in three other spots. Then I put two dots of Ebony Black Nuvo Crystal Drops™, one to each side of the sentiment. And the card is done.
I am in love with the Nuvo™ drops and will definitely purchase more. I love the dimension they have, I love that they are like enamel dots, but way cheaper and you get more, plus you can make the dot the exact size you want. I highly recommend this product.
Anway, I will see you guys tomorrow with a few more cards. Happy World Card Making Day! 🙂
Stamps: Beautiful Day (Altenew)