First up is this card that uses two Hero Arts and Sizzix combo sets. The Artistic Fern stamp comes with a matching embossing folder and the butterfly is from a set that has matching dies. I inked the fern stamp completely with Crumb Cake ink and then added some Old Olive and Soft Suede inks using sponge daubers before stamping. After embossing, I cut the Very Vanilla panel to size (3 1/2" x 5 1/4"), inked the edges with Crumb Cake ink, added the ribbon and matted it onto a Marina Mist layer. I stamped the butterfly in Soft Suede ink onto Marina Mist CS, die cut the shape and inked the edges with Marina Mist ink. I scored lines either side of the body so that I could pop the wings up - I glued the body flat to the card and then added 3d foam pads with the paper still on under each wing. I absolutely love this fern image and couldn't bring myself to add a sentiment to the card front, I didn't want to cover any more of that leafy loveliness up!
So I stamped a birthday sentiment and frame inside the card as well as a small butterfly in the corner. I took various sentiment stamps so the ladies could choose what occasion to use their cards for.
The next card uses a fave technique of mine - white on white embossing. I saw a card recently made with the Elegant Bouquet embossing folder and cherry blossom punched shapes with pearl centres and I just loved it. I decided to add just a touch of colour by sponging the edges of the embossed panel and the tips of the flowers with Pretty in Pink ink and I used pale pink pearls for the flower centres. The punched flowers are popped up and I stamped the sentiment in Early Espresso ink. A simple card but very sweet I think.
I put a monogrammed bookmark in each Christmas card. I used the SU! Two Tags die to cut the bookmarks from Rich Razzleberry CS and I embossed them with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder. I inked the flourish stamp from the Vintage Vogue set with Marina Mist ink, stamped off twice on scrap paper before stamping on white CS, stamped each letter in Razzleberry ink and punched them out with a circle punch. I inked the edges with Marina Mist ink, matted onto Marina Mist circles and then matted those onto Old Olive scalloped circles. After adhering the scalloped circles to the top of the tag, I punched a hole for the ribbon and tied white twine around the ribbon in a knot. Here's my 10 bookmarks all finished waiting to be put in the envelopes. I love that Two Tags die!
Supplies for fern & butterfly card:
Stamps: Hero Arts Artistic Fern from combo set with Sizzix embossing folder, butterflies from Antique Flowers & Butterflies stamp & die combo set, SU! Frames with a Flourish & Sincere Salutations sets
CS: SU! Crumb Cake, Marina Mist & Very Vanilla
Ink: SU! Crumb Cake, Old Olive & Soft Suede
Tools: embossing folder from Hero Arts & Sizzix Artistic Fern combo set, butterfly die from Antique Flowers & Butterflies Hero Arts & Sizzix combo set, Stamp-a-ma-jig, sponge daubers
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Marina Mist grosgrain ribbon, 3d foam pads
Supplies for white embossed card:
Stamps: sentiment from Hero Arts
CS: PaperMania A6 white card blank, SU! Whisper White
Ink: SU! Pretty in Pink & Early Espresso
Tools: SU! Elegant Bouquet embossing folder, Woodware small & medium cherry flower punches, sponge dauber
Embellishments & accessories: pale pink pearls, 3d foam pads
Supplies for bookmarks:
Stamps: SU! Broadsheet Alphabet & Vintage Vogue sets
CS: SU! Rich Razzleberry, Marina Mist, Old Olive & Whisper White
Ink: SU! Marina Mist & Rich Razzleberry
Tools: SU! Two Tags Bigz die, SU! Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, SU! plain and scalloped circle punches, Crop-A-Dile, sponge dauber
Embellishments & accessories: SU! Marina Mist grosgrain ribbon, white twine