Hello and welcome back! The Artisan Design Team is back this week with a special blog hop featuring the upcoming Thoughtful Branches bundle. You're in for a treat because we have so much talent and so many different styles represented by these 20 women from around the globe. And on top of their talent, they are fun and fabulous as well. Please keep hopping through all 20 so you don't miss a thing! Be sure to use something like Google Translate for those blogs not in your native language. Stampin' Up! has created a special Pinterest board with projects from this bundle, and you can find it here. You might have just arrived from Krista Frattin, and I know you enjoyed her lovely projects much as I did.
- If you are a customer, here is a sneak peek into a new exclusive and limited time stamp set that will be available for purchase next month (August 2-31).
- If you are a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, you may pre-order the bundle (as a demonstrator) during July and receive a Bonus Day coupon that you can use toward the Holiday Catalog pre-order during August.
Ok, on to the projects! I decided to make a set of 4 cards using this bundle, one for each of the seasons. Today I'm sharing the cards that highlight the spring and summer seasons. I love to make scenes on my cards, and this set is just perfect for that type of project. I got the idea in my head to use two stamped layers of vellum for some added depth to my spring tree. I inked the stamp with Blushing Bride first, and colored in select leaves with an Old Olive Stampin' Write Marker before stamping it onto Vellum Cardstock each time. The two vellum tree tops were die cut, and layered together over a tree trunk cut from Sahara Sand Cardstock.
For the background, I used one of the new Sponge Brayers to add Soft Sky ink to the sky. I stamped the grass in Old Olive ink, a few times to make a nice hill, and then sponged in Pear Pizzazz ink with a piece of Stampin' Sponge. It's very easy to create a beautiful background for your scene using these tools. I used some of the new Blushing Bride Solid Baker's Twine to complete the front of the card.
I made a similar scene for the inside of the card, and the second part of the greeting. Don't you love the font of these greetings! I think they're just beautiful. A little punched heart completes the greeting.
Here is the color combo for the card above.
Next is my summer scene. For this tree top, I stamped it in Wild Wasabi ink, colored in a few leaves with Garden Green, spritzed it with water and then stamped it onto Whisper White Cardstock. Next I die cut the tree top, and stamped and die cut the tree trunk, bird and two apples. The background is created in the same manor as the previous card.
The nice thing about this design is that you have room to stamp the greeting in Early Espresso ink right onto the card front. I used some Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine to complete the card. The bird and apples are adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals.
I decorated the inside of the card here as well.
Here is another pinnable image for the color combo used above.
Well, that is all for me for today. Please click on the button below to move on to Michelle Long and her fabulous project! You'll find all of the supplies listed below, except for the special Thoughtful Branches bundle (available now for Demonstrators and on August 2nd for Customers). Be sure to stop by again on Thursday, August 2nd for more samples using this bundle by the Artisan Design Team. Thanks for stopping by today!