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Then, just in time to use your coupons, Stampin’ Up! has an exclusive new bundle that’s available August 2 called Thoughtful Branches! You’re going to love this bundle. The stamps and fonts are gorgeous and the coordinating intricate thinlits die are TO DIE FOR!!!
I just had to pre-order this amazing bundle, and this weekend I got a chance to try it out for the first time while making a card for my mother-in-law. I particularly love the hydrangea flower. (This same thinlit die is also use to cut out the tree stamp above!)
I decided to focus my whole card on soft purples and pinks. My mother-in-law is ultra feminine, so I know she’ll love this. I got inspiration for the color combination from the Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Papers that I used in the background, and then added some darker Elegant Eggplant for contrast.
Rather than stamp the floral images, I simply cut them out of Shimmery White Paper and watercolored them. This is my current favorite technique.
Rather than use a white background, I decided to fancy it up a little. I used some Irresistibly Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper, which is pre-embossed in clear. I lightly sponged the paper with Sahara Sand ink to create the pretty lattice background.
While the Thoughtful Branches stamp set has loads of great sayings, it didn’t have a “Happy Birthday,” so I made my own sentiment with the Labeler Alphabet stamp set. This is another great stamp set, because you can use it write anything you want. I particularly like the way it looks vintage and grungy. I didn’t feel like I needed to line it up or even stamp the letters perfectly.
Tip: When using an alphabet stamp set, I like to place all my stamps together on a larger block. Oftentimes, I can line up the stamps on my block using grid paper so I only have to stamp once. However, for this particular project, I wanted the stamps closer together than how they fit on a single block. So, I used the edge of my paper to gauge the height of each stamp. It also helped that the stamps are photopolymer (see-through). Clearly, I was not perfect. Some of the stamps are higher than others, and the distances between the stamps are inconsistent But, I like the way it way.
Click HERE for a list of supplies used and a step-by-step tutorial on how to make this card.