I have seen a lot of cards online lately using a black background. I love how the dark background makes the colored images pop so I decided to give it a try. I also wanted to use the new “Online Exclusive” embossing folders that Stampin’ Up! has available for purchase. If you don’t know about the “Online Exclusives”, they are various products such as stamps, dies, embossing folders and embellishments that are not in any catalog. Stampin’ Up! is going to offer more products a few times a year. If you would like to check out the products you can click HERE.
The first thing I did for this card was to take a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of Basic Black card stock and emboss it using one of the Basics 3 D embossing folders. This is a set of 3 folders you can purchase in a bundle. They didn’t give specific names to each of them but the one I used is what I would call a cross-hatch design. There is another one that has dots and another that has small flowers. Here is what the “cross-hatched” one looks like up close:
I layered the embossed piece of Basic Black card stock on a Balmy Blue card base.
Next, I used the stamp set called Wisteria Wishes. I stamped the flowers in Balmy Blue ink and then took a Night Of Navy Stampin’ Write Marker and dabbed some color over the Balmy Blue ink. I stamped the stems in Granny Apple Green ink and cut everything out using the coordinating Wisteria Dies. If you purchase the stamp set and dies in a bundle you can save 10%. I adhered the stems to the card using Multipurpose Glue and the flowers using Dimensionals. I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Heron Habitat in Balmy Blue ink and cut it out using the Stylish Shapes dies. I adhered it to the card using Dimensionals. Lastly, I added some Enamel Dots Essentials.
This is the second card we made at stamp camp last week. It is a quick and easy card (also known as CAS or “Clean And Simple”). I showed you the card we made using the Trees For Sale stamp set and the Tree Lot Dies a couple of posts ago (you can see it HERE). That card took a bit of time so I decided to have the group make a simple but still beautiful card too.
I used the stamp set called Wisteria Wishes to make this card. This stamp set has coordinating dies called Wisteria Dies but we did not use them on this card. By the way, you can save 10% by purchasing the stamp set and dies in a bundle.
I started this card by stamping the branch in Old Olive ink on a 4 1/4″ x 3 1/8″ piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. Then I stamped the first layer of the flowers using Highland Heather ink but first I stamped off on a piece of scrap paper and then onto the Very Vanilla card stock. By doing this, your ink will be a bit lighter than a normal stamping. Then I took the middle piece of the flower and stamped that using Highland Heather ink too. This gave the flowers a two toned look. I layered this on top of a piece of Old Olive cardstock and a piece of Design A Daydream Designer Series Paper. This paper is awesome. You can only buy it for $18 with an order of $150 or more and it contains 48 sheets in the pack! The card base was also Old Olive.
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We have settled in nicely to cottage life. Usually we take two days to drive here because it takes 14 hours but when we tried to find an hotel when we were ready to stop, there were none to be found. Apparently it was college graduation weekend everywhere! We ended up getting here around 9:30 PM, unpacked the car of essentials and then went to bed. It was a long day but waking up at the cottage is always such a nice thing. We got out of bed the next morning and looked out the window and there is the lake. It was peaceful, calm and beautiful.
Later in the day, my son David and his wife, Brittany came to visit with their two children, Olivia and Madison. Olivia is going to be 3 this week and Madison is six months old. We had such fun seeing them again. Olivia is very sweet and very active and Madison is just adorable.
Back to card making (although grands are much more fun!).
I used the stamp set called Wisteria Wishes to make this card. This stamp set has coordinating dies called Wisteria but I did not use them on this card. You can purchase the stamp set and the dies in a bundle and save 10%. I am not sure if I ever explained this before but when a bundle is available it has a specific item number that is for the bundle. If you use the item number for the stamp set and a different item number for the dies, you will not get the bundle price.
This was a very simple card to make. I first stamped the Wisteria flowers twice using Pale Papaya ink. Then I stamped the leaves twice using Parakeet Party (one of the new InColors). I used the die set called Amazing Thanks to cut out the sentiment. I cut out the Basic White layer twice and adhered them together. I love how it gives it more dimension when you do this. I used Fresh Freesia for the thanks. I felt like it needed something else and I could not find a tiny butterfly in any current sets so I pulled out a very old stamp set called Itty Bitties to stamp the tiny butterflies. I layered this on a piece of Pale Papaya card stock and a Fresh Freesia card base.
My most favorite day of the year happened in Nashville last Wednesday. It is the day when all the leaves on the trees are totally open and the color of them is an amazing bright green. When leaves first bud, they open slowly (kind of like a flower) and they are close to being Granny Apple Green. After a little bit they open totally and turn a bit darker (like Old Olive) but they are still very bright. I love that day because it means warm weather is here to stay. The best part is when we go to the cottage I will get to experience my favorite day of the year twice. Northern New York is a few weeks behind Nashville. Mother Nature is amazing, isn’t she?
Wisteria Wishes in a new bundle in the Stampin’ Up!® 2022/2023 Annual Catalog. This stamp set has coordinating dies called Wisteria (clever, right?). It is a beautiful bundle that has very nice and unusual sentiments. I loved it the second I saw it in the new catalog.
To make this card I first stamped the Wisteria twice in Highland Heather ink. Then I stamped two of the branches in Old Olive. Then I cut them all out using the coordinating dies. The Wisteria stamp three flowers at once and the die cuts out all three at the same time so it did not take long to do at all. I layered the branches on a piece of Basic White card stock and put three of the Wisteria Flowers on using Dimensionals and two on using Multipurpose Glue. Then I stamped the sentiment in Highland Heather ink. I layered that onto a piece of Highland Heather card stock and a Basic White card base.
What is your favorite day of the year (other than holidays and birthdays)?