Hello Crafty People!
I can’t believe it’s month three of our squirreled away supplies monthly themed hop already!!!! ?
Time flies when you’re having fun!!!
This month the theme is Summer/Holidays and the supply is embossing folders! I knew right away that I had the perfect embossing folder and stamp combo to use!! I’ve had it in my stash for a while without having ever used it, so it honestly ticks all of the boxes!!!
I started by running a piece of green cardstock through my Gemini Jr with the embossing folder and that gave me this lovely tropical leaves pattern. I cut it down and blended some darker green ink around the edges. If I’m honest, I wish I had used an even darker ink because I didn’t get quite as much contrast as I would have liked.
I got an offcut of watercolour paper from my scraps drawer and used a couple of pink distress ink mini cubes smooshed onto my glass mat, an spritzed with water to press my paper down into. I did this a few times, drying each layer before adding another, to build up the colour and interest.
Once this was thoroughly dry I embossed my Flamingo and flowers images onto it with Rich Gold powder from WOW! I fussy cut both.
I embossed my sentiment onto a scrap of the same green cardstock I used to dry emboss my background and then I messed around with all of the elements on my card trying to figure out how I would like them to sit.
I eventually decided on the layout you see here, and added a thin strip of white cardstock to the top & bottom of the sentiment piece. I popped the whole focal piece up on foam squares onto the embossed background panel and attached that to an a2 cardbase. I added some white Nuvo drops.
I thought that I was finished with this card, but I just wasn’t happy with it at all. It was sat on my desk, still looking unfinished.
So I grabbed a thin paint brush and a pink and an orange distress ink mini cube and, using my glass mat as a palette, I added some additional colour to my Flamingo. I felt a little bit better about it then, but I must admit I’m still not loving the end result. It is just not my usual style at all and the colour palette is not exactly my cup of tea but hey, ho! You can’t win them all! ??
As I said at the top, this is a hop so please jump on over to our next stop which is the fantabulous Bory and give her some love!
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- Simply Cards & Papercraft Magazine (Back Issue) – Embossing Folder & Stamp die set UK* US*
- Neenah Classic Crest – Solar White 80lb*
- Neenah Classic Crest Solar White – 110lb (*Use code natashapapertree for 10% off)
- Papermill Direct – Green Cardstock (From mixed sample pack)
- Distress Ink – Picked Raspberry & Carved Pumpkin UK US
- Gemini Jr die cutting machine
- Silhouette Cameo 4
- HP Laserjet Printer M15w Amazon*
- HP 44a Toner Cartridge Amazon*