Nouveau Chic Birthday

I spent some time yesterday making a special birthday card for a very special son-in-law.  I discovered I didn't have many masculine stamp sets to choose from, but Brad's the "outdoors-y" kinda guy, and I thought this beautiful tree image from Branch Out stamp set might make him smile.

I absolutely love the new designer series paper called Nouveau Chic.  It's a very unusual paper with an interesting color scheme — Basic Black, Basic Gray, Sage Shadow and Apricot Appeal.  For some added interest, I paper pierced the edges of the Apricot Appeal card stock and added a couple of black brads to the corners of the triangles that overlap the main image.

Here's a close-up.  After stamping the tree in Basic Gray, I discovered it needed a little "grounding".  I used my Aqua Painter and some Sage Shadow Classic Ink to paint in a little "grass".  The final touch was to stamp "happy birthday" from Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set in basic black ink, then punch it out with the Curly Label Punch and tuck about 2/3 of the tag up under the main image.

Hope he likes his birthday card this year!

Item No. 113200 Branch Out stamp set (on dormant list; not in catalog)   $22.95
Item No. 115370 Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set   $36.95
Item No. 115670 Nouveau Chic Designer Series Paper   $9.95
Item No. 112208 Curly Label Punch   $15.95
Item No. 103954 Aqua Painter   2/$16.95

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Le Jardin Botanique


Here's a card using a stamp set that isn't seen very much called Le Jardin Botanique. It's a beautiful stamp set with lots of nature components. It's also been used on the November Card Kit of the Month.  (You can access that page by clicking on "Card Kits" in the navigation bar under the banner at the top of the page). 

I started out my card with a Chocolate Chip base, then added a piece of Autumn Meadows Designer Series Paper.  I then folded down the top right corner, set a Very Vanilla Basic Jumbo Grommet in the corner and added a knot of 1-14" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon in Chocolate ChipMini Glue Dots work wonderfully to hold this ribbon in place.  The sentiment is one I love, and it's stamped on Very Vanilla card stock with Chocolate Chip Classic ink.  I punched the edge with the Spiral Punch, then added some Chocolate Chip Classic ink around the edges with a sponge to give it a distressed look.  The main image is also stamped lightly over the words, although it doesn't show up that well in the photo.

For the main image, I started with a piece of Very Vanilla card stock, stamped the image in Basic Brown ink, then colored it in with an Aqua Painter and my ink pads in Taken with Teal and Chocolate Chip.  It's backed with a torn piece of Taken With Teal card stock, and I've roughed up the edges even more by bending them in.  I used Dimensionals liberally to pop up all of the layers.

Here's a close-up of the main image:

You'll see a rectangular area of sponging around the main image and I wanted to show you how I created a very simple template to do that.










I've taken the 1-1/4" Square  Punch and punched once on some scrap card stock.  Then I moved the punch up and punched again to create a rectangle.  By doing this, you can make it as long as you'd like.








Now I've laid the sponging template over my main image.  I've cut a Stamping Sponge into six pieces and using one of those pie-shaped sponges and my Chocolate Chip Classic ink, I sponged lightly over top of the berries and branch.







Item No. 113232 Le Jardin Botanique stamp set   $25.95
Item No. 116769 Autumn Meadows Designer Series Paper   $9.95
Item No. 115617 1-1/4" Chocolate Chip Striped Grograin RIbbon   10 yds/$8.95
Item No. 114348 Basic Jumbo Grommets  20 pieces/$6.95
Item No. 108341 Spiral Punch   $10.95
Item No. 104400 1-1/4" Square Punch   $15.95
Item No. 101610 Stamping Sponges   3/$3.50
Item No. 104430 Stampin' Dimensionals   300/$3.50




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