I inked the stamp with Peeled Paint Distress Ink, spritzed it with water and stamped onto a piece of watercolour paper. I inked the stamp again with Peeled Paint ink and added Gathered Twigs and Fired Brick inks to the stamp with sponge daubers. I then spritzed the stamp with Perfect Pearls Pearl mist, stamped the image on a separate piece of watercolour paper and die cut the larger squares.
Firstly, I did try one small Nestie square die to cut out several squares but after I'd stamped on the squares I was struggling to position them evenly over the top of the image underneath. So I used a grid die that cuts several larger squares at once. It was much easier to line up after stamping first and then die cutting the squares! I do think Tina's original design with the arrangement of the smaller squares looks nicer - but I was happy to cheat and go with the quicker, easier and less frustrating option!
Once I'd got my ferns panel sorted I decided to mount it on an easel card - using Early Espresso, Old Olive and Cajun Craze as my CS colours. I went rootling in my stash for some suitable patterned paper and chose the green and white diagonal stripe design which is from a pack of SU! Christmas paper. I popped up three fern squares plus the sentiment banner and I added a few silver nailheads to complete the card front.
Here's another view of the ferns panel so you can see the pearly shimmer.
Here's the bottom of the card. I stamped the partial ferns image onto the Whisper White panel using the same colour Distress Inks and added just a light spritzing of the Perfect Pearls mist. I stamped the sentiment which is from the same Hero Arts set as the sentiment I used on the card front so that ties together very nicely!
A fourth fern square was left over as I only popped up three squares on the card front so I used that to decorate the front of the envelope. Very gratifyingly Owen absolutely loved the card!
Stamps: Hero Arts 'Three Ferns', Hero Arts 'Messages With Flourish' set
CS: SU! Early Espresso, Old Olive, Cajun Craze, Whisper White, watercolour paper
Patterned paper: SU! 'Season of Cheer' DSP
Ink: SU! Cajun Craze, Ranger Tim Holtz Peeled Paint, Gathered Twigs & Fired Brick Distress Inks
Tools: Sizzix 'Grid Works 1 7/8" Squares' Thinlits die, MFT 'Fishtail Flag Stax' die set
Embellishments & accessories: Perfect Pearls 'Perfect Pearl' mist, silver metallic nailheads, SU! Dimensionals