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Today I'm showing you two really beautiful cards using the To a Wild Rose stamp set and coordinating Wild Rose dies. I just love this stamp set - the images are amazing and it is a super versatile stamp set. You can buy the stamp set and dies together, using item code 151073, and save 10%.
Here's the video on my YouTube channel showing how to make these amazing cards:
For the first card, I was really feeling the fall colors. I guess I'm ready to exit summer and get right into fall. School is starting around here and high school football is just a couple of weeks away so it seems like time to break out the fall colors. Our high school colors are orange and black and I'm ready to see lots of orange!
I'd been wanting to play with this stamp set and I had a color combo in mind that I wanted to try so that's what inspired this card. Orange roses are said to be appropriate for any expression of enthusiasm, including love, friendship, congratulations, or thanks. So the color scheme seems right for what I was feeling for this card.
Gather your supplies:
- To a Wild Rose bundle - To a Wild Rose stamp set and Wild Rose dies;
- Birch background stamp;
- Seasonal Layers dies for "branch";
- Terracotta Tile cardstock for card base - 8 1/2 x 5 1/2", folded in half;
- Cajun Craze cardstock for layer - 5 1/4 x 4" ;
- Whisper White cardstock layer - 5 1/8 x 3 7/8" for top layer on card and 5 1/4 x 4" for inside card;
- Scrap Whisper White, Early Espresso and Old Olive cardstock;
- Scrap Old Olive velum (from Perennial Essence vellum cardstock pack;
- Grapefruit Grove, Terracotta Tile, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, and Versamark ink
- White embossing powder
Ink up the Birch background stamp with Terracotta Tile ink and place the 5 1/8 x 3 7/8" piece of Whisper White cardstock on top. Place a piece of scrap paper on top to rub on paper to make sure the image is even, being careful not to move the cardstock piece.
To stamp the roses, I used the Stamparatus to make sure everything lined up correctly, especially since I was stamping two roses. These stamps are easy to line up using clear blocks, as well, because they are photopolymer stamps. Using the Stamparatus, I placed my scrap of Whisper White cardstock on the Stamparatus and held it down using one of the strong magnets that come with the Stamparatus.
The rose is made using three-step stamping, which means there are three stamps that are stamped sequentially, one on top of the other, to give the image shading and depth. Place the first stamp (the most "solid-looking" image) face down on the paper where you want the image to be stamped. Since you're going to die cut the roses out of the paper, it doesn't matter where they are placed, as long as there is room to place the die to cut out the image.
The Stamparatus is great to use on projects where you are making a number of the same card and you want the images or sentiments to be in the same place on every card. It makes the stamping process so much faster, and you can see the proof of that in the video when I stamp the second flower after setting up the first one.
Once the first stamp is placed on the paper where you want the image to be, close the Stamparatus plate onto the stamp to pick it up. The photopolymer stamp will stick to the plate and stay on it when you open it back up while your paper stays in place. Ink up the stamp using Grapefruit Grove ink. Close the plate again so that the image stamps onto your paper. You'll want to press down on the Stamparatus plate to make sure you get an even image. If you don't get a good image, the great thing about the Stamparatus is that it allows you to just ink the stamp up again and close the plate back onto your paper to get a better image because it will be exactly lined up to the first image you stamped.
Place the second stamp in the three-step process (the one with shading on it, but not as solid of an image as the first stamp) face down on the image you just stamped so that the images line up. It's pretty easy to tell where they line up with these stamps, there's a "petal" that sticks up and curves to the right a bit on all three images so you can easily line them up. Once the second stamp is lined up on the image where you want to stamp it, close the other Stamparatus plate (the one you didn't use for the first image) onto it to pick up the stamp. Ink up the stamp with Terracotta Tile ink and stamp it on top of the first image, pressing down like you did the first time.
Place the third stamp in the three-step process (the outline of the flower) on top of the image, lining up the petals like before. Leaving the stamps that are already on your Stamparatus plates in place, take one of the plates off and turn it around to use the other side of the plate to pick up the third stamp. Ink up the stamp using Cajun Craze ink and stamp it on your image.
Your first flower is done! Isn't it pretty?!? If you don't have a Stamparatus, never fear! These stamps are so easy to line up when mounted on clear blocks, too!
Repeat the process to stamp the second flower with your stamps already mounted on your Stamparatus. See how much faster that was!
Die cut the flowers you just stamped using the matching die from the Wild Rose dies. Die cut two leaves from the Old Olive vellum cardstock and two of the outlined leaves from Old Olive cardstock. Die cut a branch from Early Espresso cardstock using the Seasonal Layers dies.
Adhere the Whisper White layer (stamped with the Birch background stamp) to the Cajun Craze layer. Place the branch and flowers on the card to see where to place the "Blessed" sentiment. Stamp the "Blessed" sentiment toward the lower right portion of the card in Early Espresso ink, leaving enough room under that for the "to be your friend" sentiment.
Rub your embossing buddy along a 1/2" strip of Old Olive cardstock. Stamp "to be your friend" on the strip using Versamark ink. Emboss using white embossing powder. Cut a banner end on the left end of the sentiment strip using the Banner Triple punch or just cut with scissors.
Adhere the branch and flowers to the card front, popping up one of the flowers using Stampin Dimensionals. Adhere the "to be your friend" sentiment under the "Blessed" sentiment using dimensionals. Adhere the entire layer on the card base using dimensionals.
Stamp the outline stamp on the corner of the 5 1/4 x 4" layer using Terracotta Tile ink and adhere to the inside of the card.
So beautiful! I love those colors on the roses - don't you?
I wanted to make the second card a little more summer-y so I stuck with the Grapefruit Grove, which isn't quite as "heavy" a color as Cajun Craze and Terracotta Tile, and I added Pool Party, Coastal Cabana, and Bermuda Bay. I thought this was a super fun and happy color combination.
I had die cut several of the flower outlines using the die in the Wild Rose die set and wanted to do something with them so I decided to try a technique to make a background for the second stamp. I think it turned out super fun!
Gather your supplies:
- To a Wild Rose bundle (To a Wild Rose stamp set and Wild Rose dies);
- Scripts 3D embossing folder;
- Grapefruit Grove card base, cut 4 1/4 x 11", scored at 5 1/2" ;
- Coastal Cabana cardstock layer, 5 1/2 x 3 1/2" ;
- Very Vanilla cardstock layer, 5 1/4 x 3 1/4" ; and 5 1/4 x 4" for inside card;
- scrap of Very Vanilla cardstock for sentiment;
- Grapefruit Grove 1/8" grosgrain ribbon;
- Woven Threads sequin assortment
Emboss one half of the Grapefruit Grove card base using the Scripty 3D embossing folder. Rather than embossing the card base itself, you could emboss a layer of Grapefruit Grove cardstock, cut to 5 3/8 x 4 1/8" and adhere it to the card base. That would just give a little bit more interest and dimension to the card.
Cut about 6 or 7 of the outline flowers from the Wild Rose dies using scrap paper - cardstock probably works best because it's a bit thicker and sturdier than just scrap paper, but scrap paper of any kind should work. We're using these flowers as stencils to create the background. Place the die cut flowers on the Very Vanilla cardstock piece that will be your top layer. I temporarily adhered them using temporary adhesive. A tiny bit of snail adhesive on the back would probably work, too.
Using a sponge or brush or some kind of ink blending tool, rub Pool Party ink over the top third (or so, it doesn't have to be precise) of the background. I used the Stampin Sponges, which give the ink a textured look. Using the Life Changing Blender Brushes (available on Amazon) or other makeup brushes like that will give more of a smooth look to the ink on the paper. Add Coastal Cabana ink in the middle and Bermuda Bay ink on the bottom portion of the layer.
Pull off the die cut flowers to reveal the pattern on the layer. So pretty! I love this technique!
Stamp sentiment on scrap of Very Vanilla cardstock in Bermuda Bay ink. Stamp the outline flower on top of the sentiment to the left side in Grapefruit Grove ink. Die cut the sentiment using the frame from the Wild Rose dies.
Adhere the Very Vanilla layer on top of the Coastal Cabana layer. Wrap the Grapefruit Grove ribbon around the two layers twice and tie a bow. Position this just below center on this layer. Adhere to the card base.
Adhere the sentiment using Dimensionals on the front of the card. Adhere sequins from Woven Threads sequin assortment to front of card using Fine Tip Glue Pen. I used three sequins but you can use as many as you want.
Stamp the shading stamp in Coastal Cabana on the bottom right corner of the Very Vanilla layer for inside of card. Stamp the outline stamp in Bermuda Bay on top, lining up the images. Adhere inside layer to inside of card.
Isn't that a fun card?! I love those colors together - they feel very summer-y and light to me.
Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I hope you watched the video, too, and are excited to make these cards.
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