Friday, March 27, 2020

Grace's Garden Window Card

Hello and welcome to my blog; today I am going to share with you a fun little card that I CASEd from the January-June Mini Catalog from Stampin' Up!. I was searching for a little inspiration yesterday, because I just wasn't feeling crafty at all.  One of our cats passed yesterday which actually all started on late Wednesday afternoon.  So needless to say I was not feeling it yesterday or Wednesday, this little event threw us for a whirlwind.  So I went to what I do to start feeling creative again.  I looked through the catalogs to try and find a little inspiration.  And I came across this bundle and knew that I hadn't even touched it yet so I thought why not recreate one of the cards here.  So that's how this came about.  The card in the catalog is more of a square card and I made it into a regular old A2 size card.  Here's a look at the card.   You will find the A4 metric measurements for my card in ()'s for each piece of cardstock through out the post.

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I started off my card by die cutting the with arbor opening in my Sahara Sand Cardstock.  I just centered it on the 4 x 5 1/4 (14.4 cm x 10 cm) Sahara Sand cardstock and ran it through my die cutting machine.  Next I took my Sahara Sand layer and layered it on my 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Thick Whisper White Card Base (14.9 cm x 21 cm) and lined up the die again and ran it back through to cut the window.  After that die cutting was complete I used the Brick and Mortar 3D Embossing Folder and ran the Sahara Sand piece back through with the 3D Embossing Plate to emboss the wall.  If you run it through before die cutting you will flatten out your embossing.  

Next I took some Whisper White and cut the arbor and gate out using the die and my die cutting machine.  I added that to the front of the card using Liquid Glue.  I then cut the gate open with my Paper Snips so that it could be open just a little.  I then stamped the images I had planned to use in Tuxedo Black Ink and colored them with my Highland Heather and Mossy Meadow (Light and Dark) Stampin' Blends.  I then die cut those out with the matching dies.  I also cut out one of each vine dies from some scrap of Mossy Meadow Cardstock. 


I started adhering the vines down first after I arranged everything on my card front.  To do this I used a mixture of Multipurpose Liquid Glue and Fine Tip Glue mixed in my Fine Tip Glue Bottle.  The combination of glues add the best of both for maximum adhesion.  Once the vines were attached I then started add the flowers with Stampin' Dimensionals on some and Liquid Glue on one.  I wanted a few different layers on the card so this was the best option.

Next I took a 3 x 5 1/2 (7 cm x 14.9 cm) piece of Whisper White Cardstock and did a little ink blending over it using just Highland Heather Ink.  I used the ink blending technique to create a Ombre look to this piece of cardstock.  I then placed it where I wanted it to go inside the card and closed my card.  I used Gorgeous Grape Ink (because I was to lazy to put the sentiment in my Stamparatus and double stamp it with Highland Heather Ink to get a dark color) and stamped the sentiment in the window opening.  

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Happy Stampin' 
Rick Adkins 

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

I am Always Here for You - Botanical Prints

Hello and welcome to my blog; today I am going to share with you a card that I made using the products in the Botanical Prints Product Medley from the January-June Mini Catalog.  Creativity comes easy when you've got amazing coordinating products. Stampin' Up! doesn't want to brag, but coordination is one of their strong points. The Botanical Prints Product Medley is a perfect example. The medley includes stamps, paper, dies, and accessories for creating cards and more.  Here's a look at my card.


I love the look of the black and white with the pop of color on the paper in the Botanical Prints Product Medley.  I cut the piece of Terracotta Tile DSP down to 3 3/4 x 5 and added it to a Old Olive Cardstock Mat cut at 5 1/4 x 4.  I then added it to my card base.  The card base is a piece of Whisper White Thick Cardstock cut at 4 1/4 x 11 scored at 5 1/2.  Once I had the card front attached to the card base.  I stamped the matching floral image from the stamp set in Tuxedo Black ink.


I then colored the stamped floral images with my Calypso Coral Dark, Old Olive Light and Dark Petal Pink Light & Dark blends and the Dark Soft Suede Stampin' Blend.  The Dark Calypso Coral is very close to Terracotta Tile.  There isn't a Terracotta Tile Stampin' Blend so this was as close as I could get.  I just did simple coloring with the blends to add color to each flower.  I colored with the dark blend first and then blended out with the light.  I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set and used the Label Me Fancy Punch and punched it out.  I used the ribbon slit on the punch and punched it above and below the sentiment.  I then took some of the Terracotta Tile Scalloped Linen Ribbon and some of the Old Olive Ribbon from the Product Medley.


After putting the ribbons together I slid them through the slits in the sentiment.  I added a couple dimensionals behind the sentiment and placed on the card.  I tucked the floral blossoms behind the sentiment.  I then added one of the copper bee elements from the product medley with a mini glue dots.  I added a piece of the backside of the DSP to the flap of the envelope as well as a strip on the inside.  I also stamped the same floral image to the inside of the card.  This finished off my card.

Thanks for dropping by I hope that you have enjoyed my little look at the Botanical Prints Product Medley.  This is probably one of my favorite products in the catalog.  You get so much in the Product Meadley.  Inside the box is the Stamp Set and Die Bundle, a Pack of 6 x 6 DSP, Embellishment and ribbon. 

Happy Stampin' 
Rick Adkins 


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If you place any size order with me during the month of March, you will receive the March Creative Stampers Tutorial Bundle from me as a little thank you.  This month's tutorial bundle features fourteen floral themed tutorials.  The Creative Stampers Tutorial Bundle can either be earned for FREE with any size order or Can be purchased for $20 from me.

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