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