It’s time for the Stamp Review Crew: Sea of Textures Edition! If this is your very first visit to one of our hops, the Stamp Review Crew is a group of international Stampin’ Up! demonstrators whose mission is to do a blog hop on the first, third and fifth Mondays of each month. Our hops are unique because each of us features the same stamp set used in a variety of ways, giving you loads of inspiration for that set. The hops are archived at the Stamp Review Crew blog. You will be able to click through each hop at any time, going directly to the posts for that hop whenever you want. This week we are featuring the Rooted in Nature stamp set. If you are following along in order, you have just arrived from the talented Stesha Bloodhart. After visiting me, you will continue to the next stop, the creative Mary Haugen.
Rooted in Nature Sympathy Card
A very good friend of mine said good-by to his first Boxer this past week. They had been together for 12 years. Knowing how much my friend was hurting, I wanted to design a card which would not only express my sympathy, but which would also be a card of encouragement. I thought the Rooted in Nature stamp set, would be the perfect choice. I had envisioned a card which would use one of the tree images, but by accident I ended up creating this card. Preoccupied and saddened, (I knew the dog well and had stayed with him for three weeks last summer), I was not paying close attention and haphazardly placed the leaf thinlits onto a strip of copper foil, not realizing they were embossing thinlits. Surprisingly enough, they were fairly well lined up. When I removed the thinlits, I was struck by the beauty of the embossing, and decided to make them the focal point. I hope my friend will find comfort from both the card and the words inside.
Colors of the Day
The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips
Today’s card is a simple, classic design, one which allows the embossed panel to take center stage. It was matted onto Mint Macaron cardstock, and popped up on dimensionals. If I were to make this panel again, I would align the top leaf a wee bit better. But after encouraging decades of students to reduce, reuse and recycle, this old science teacher used the one I had accidentally created.
The sentiment was heat embossed in copper. I snipped off “Be Strong” from the rest of the image, and matted it onto Mint Macaron. It was also adhered using dimensionals. Because it looked lonely by itself, I added leaf images which I created by stamping the images in Cajun Craze and Tranquil Tide onto vellum. I then heat embossed them with copper embossing powder for a neat beaded effect. A snippet of copper metallic thread completes the look.
Obviously, this card could be used for a variety of occasions by switching out the sentiment.
I hope you enjoyed today’s card. If would like to try your hand at creating your own Rooted in Nature card, the supply list is located below. Clicking on a product takes you right to my store. You will receive a little somethin’-somethin’ from me IF you use the Host Code. If your order is $150 or more, please do not use the Host Code. You will automatically receive the gift from me, as well as your own Host Rewards.
Of course, if you ever have a question about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away. Now hop along to Lou to see what she has in store for you! If you get lost along the way, you can find a list of all the hoppers at The Stamp Review Crew. Until next time…