I’m really pleased to say that yesterday I was able to get the new Christmas Mini Catalogues and Sale-a-bration (SAB) Brochures in the post to my customers – and I caught the last post, or more correctly, hubby caught the last post! My plan was to drive down to the post box with him but the skies opened and the rain was absolutely tipping down! My hero went on his own! 💖 As I explained yesterday, I’d made today’s card for yesterday’s blog but the day had been so busy prepping the catalogues! I ran out of time and couldn’t put my watermark on my photographs nor to write my blog!
As promised, I’m here to share it with you, albeit a day late! I chose the Forever Grapevine Stamp Set because I was looking forward to colouring this image to relax and unwind from my busy say. As well as loving card making as a hobby, I also find it relaxing and therapeutic at times – today’s card ticks all three boxes! I chose Granny Apple Green and Highland Heather Stampin’ Blends for colouring. Using the pen end of the Dark Granny Apple Green, I coloured all the stems and vines. Next, I coloured the leaves using the brush-end of the Light Granny Apple Green.
Once I had painted the last leaf, I went back to the first one and used the brush-end of the Dark pen and went over some of the vein lines on each leaf. Then I went back to the first leaf and used the Light brush-end and blended the Light and Dark together. To colour the grapes, I used the pen-end of the Highland Heather Stampin’ Blend. As with the green, I took my time to make sure I didn’t go over any edges! At this stage, I thought about using the Brick & Mortar Embossing Folder but eventually decided against it! Instead, I went over all the grapes using my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen.
I decorated inside the card by stamping the small image of two leaves with some branches and vines. As well as being a super image for the inside of the card, I also thought it would look good in the bottom right-hand corner on the front of the card. I was being very indecisive because I would have liked there to be some grapes on the image as well! Instead, I decided to check out the matching set of dies called Grapevine Dies. I wasn’t sure what sentiment I wanted to use on my card but I decided to use the dotted stamp with Gorgeous Grape Ink.
At the same time that I die-cut the sentiment frame, I also die-cut the the image of eight leaves, and one each of the two vines using Granny Apple Green Cardstock (CS). Before I put the dies away, I did one more of each of the two vines. Once I had the die-cut frame for the sentiment I had to find a sentiment to fit in comfortably. After going through my stamp set reference folder twice, I settled on FEEL BETTER FRIEND from the Hand-Penned Petals Stamp Set. I stamped it into the centre of the image using Gorgeous Grape Ink. I’m not overly keen on the font of this sentiment but I do think it looks good on this card!
After I had adhered the sentiment in the bottom right-hand corner on the front of the card, I spent a little while arranging and re-arranging some leaves and vines until I found a position I liked! I glued them in place with Tombow. As usual, I finished the front of my card by adding two Bumblebee Trinkets! I know there aren’t any flowers there for them, but they don’t know until after they have checked it out! LOL!
That’s it from me today. Take care and stay safe. Happy crafting!
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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”