Saturday, 15 October 2011

Going Giddy Over Ginkgo

A while back a friend told me about a ginkgo leaf set that PaperTrey Ink were selling and she said the stamps were absolutely gorgeous.  I said "they may well be gorgeous but I'm not looking!"  I love leaves but I told myself I don't need any more leafy stamps.  So I didn't look.  For a while anyway I didn't look.  Then one day I made the mistake of looking  and it was all over, I fell in love with the Harvest Berries set immediately!  Oh my goodness, the ginkgo leaves in the set are just beautiful, what a giddyingly gorgeous set -  I'm not wild about the sentiment in the set but I can live with that as I love the leaves so much!  I wonder why some images appeal so much more than others, it's fascinating.

I decided to make a birthday card but I ended up using a Christmassy colour combo!  The white card measures 5 1/4" square.  I die cut a large Sizzix ticket shape and layered that on green and brown mats.  I stamped the ginkgo leaves on a separate piece of white CS in Memento Bamboo Leaves ink and cut them out.  PaperTrey Ink actually sell a set of dies that match the stamps but until I get those I'm happy to cut them out with scissors.  I popped up the cut out leaves, stamped a few berries with Adirondack Cranberry ink and then covered some of the berries with deep red metallic nailheads for a touch of contrast.  I used the lovely SU! Dotted Scallop Ribbon border punch to cut a decorative strip of Cranberry CS, stamped the sentiment and then couldn't resist adding a small ginkgo leaf cluster over the strip to finish off.

More ginkgo leaves on the envelope and inside plus a birthday sentiment.

Stamps: PaperTrey Ink Harvest Berries set, SU! Curly Cute set, Hero Arts Yummy Treats clear set
CS: PaperMania white square card blank, Core'dinations Cranberry & French Roast, white CS
Ink: Memento Bamboo Leaves & Adirondack Cranberry
Tools: Sizzix Ticket Framelit die, SU! Dotted Scallop Ribbon border punch
Embellishments & accessories: deep red metallic nailheads, 3d foam pads



Jacqueline said...

Very beautiful Ruth - and congratulations on making the dt over on Simply Stampin' I'm looking forward to seeing what you do - Jacqueline xx

Margaret said...

This is a beautiful image! I love the detailed lines in each leaf! Beautiful card!!

Pauline said...

Oh wow, I love this set too! I am going to have to get this, it really is gorgeous! I borrowed this stamp set from a friend last week, and did some mad stamping with it, now have to put them to good use lol! I love them in these christmas colours, it really suits the iamge. Beautiful!