When I first saw the Forever Greenery Designer Series Paper (DSP) I thought it was stunning but each time I picked it up to use, I put it away again! I found that as much as I love the designs, it didn’t do anything for my creative juices, so I reached for the Forever Gold Laser-Cut Specialty Paper. You may remember the Field of Flowers card I made two days ago using the Whisper White side of one of the card fronts?
Still no inspiration! I reached for the co-ordinating stamp set called Forever Fern and I decided this was the way for me to go. Part of my problem was that I’ve seen lots and lots of cards made using this suite but found them too much for my clean and simple approach to cards. This stamp set reminds me of an old set from a few years back that I’d used to make my first ever waterfall card!
By now I had lots of ideas for cards but for some reason, I decided to have a look at Pinterest and I’m so pleased I did. I saw a card made by fellow demonstrator Helen Read. She had done a series of three cards one for a beginner stamper, upped the design for a casual crafter, and then upped the third one further for an avid stamper, which is the one which caught my eye.
I don’t remember precisely how Helen had created her card except to say she did her branch hanging with the stem at the top, and she had used one of the Forever Greenery DSP designs in the cut-out. I can’t remember if she embossed her top layer – I don’t think she did – and I don’t remember which green she had used for her stamping. But I do remember her card was stunning!
There are a total of six different greens in the DSP and I chose Shaded Spruce for my ink, and the middle layer and Soft Sea Foam for the card base. The co-ordinating set of dies is called Forever Flourishing and I die-cut my stamped image plus about five blanks using Whisper White Thick Cardstock. I adhered all the layers together instead of using Dimensionals to pop my leafy branch up!
I cut the DSP layer that I put under the cut-out 1/8″ shorter and narrower than the top layer, and then decided to emboss the top layer. It would have been an idea to emboss just the Whisper White on its own but never mind! The embossing folder I used is called Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder.
I chose the HAPPY BIRTHDAY sentiment from the Itty Bitty Birthdays Stamp Set because I knew it fits the smallest slim die in the Rectangle Stitched Dies. Seeing how beautifully it fits in the die I don’t know why I haven’t used it before! In the drawer where I keep my Baker’s Twine, cords, threads, etc., I found a thick Crumb Cake cord from the retired pack of Nature’s Twine which was ideal for today’s card.
I finished the front of my card by adding two rhinestones from the Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels which has been brought forward from (I think) the 2019 Christmas catalogue. The colours in this set are Cherry Cobbler, Coastal Cabana, Night of Navy, Pumpkin Pie and Shaded Spruce! I also added five randomly on the branches.
To decorate inside the card, I stamped the same leafy branch coming off the bottom right-hand corner of the top Whisper White CS layer, which I then adhered onto a Shaded Spruce middle layer and then inside of the card. I love the way these stamps stamp with the light and dark and shadows – they are just so well-designed! Before I go, I’d just like to say many thanks to Helen for inspiring today’s card!
That’s it from me today. I look forward to being back with you tomorrow, and in the meantime please take care and stay safe. Happy crafting.
Cardstock Layer Sizes: A4
Card base 8¼” x 5¾” scored and folded at 4 1/8”
Middle layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5½”
Top layer: 2 pieces 3¾” x 5 3/8”
Cardstock Layer Sizes: Letter-size
Card base 8½” x 5½” scored and folded at 4¼”
Middle layer: 2 pieces 4” x 5¼”
Top layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”
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