Although it’s dull and rainy here in Nova Scotia, today I’m enjoying looking at the bright green grass that now surrounds our property. It seems like forever since it turned brown for the winter. I love that the garden is finally awakening, and it inspired me to create a sweet anniversary card showcasing some more retiring products. The Beautiful Bouquet Stamp Set has been around for a few years so I’m kind of OK with losing that. What I can’t believe is that the Coastal Weave 3D Embossing Folder isn’t carrying over into the new Annual Catalogue!
I began my project with the Beautiful Bouquet Stamp Set and a couple of different coloured ink pads. I wasn’t totally sure which flower images I was going to use or the colours I’d want, so I decided to keep my options open. After some test stamping on plain white paper I settled on Shaded Spruce for the stems of my bouquet and Blackberry Bliss for the flowers.
With the decision made I stamped the stems image three times. First coming in from the bottom right corner of a layer of Whisper White Card. Then in the same place on the front of a Whisper White Medium Envelope. Finally I stamped the complete stems image onto a smaller piece of Whisper White Card.
The Blackberry Bliss flowers came next using the small 5 petal image from the Beautiful Bouquet Stamp Set. I decided to only stamp them where I could do so without them overlapping. OK so there’s a stem that doesn’t end in a flower. But in my experience there’s always one of those in a bouquet, right?
I had one last bit of stamping to do and that was the sentiment. One of the reasons I bought the Beautiful Bouquet Stamp Set was for the sentiments. There’s a good selection, some for the inside as well as the outside of a card which is always useful. Today I chose “Happy anniversary”, and still using the Blackberry Bliss ink I stamped it onto a small piece of Whisper White Card.
With the stamping complete I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) to mount the small flower panel and sentiment on to Blackberry Bliss Card and set the pieces aside.
I wanted to have a background layer that was interesting yet didn’t distract from the stamped pieces. None of the patterned paper I tried fit the bill, so instead I turned to my embossing folders. There’s quite a few that are on the retiring list but the one that I’m really going to miss is Coastal Weave.
For the background layer I chose So Saffron Card. It’s a colour I haven’t used a whole lot and today I’m wondering why. Anyway, to get the best result from this 3D Embossing Folder I first lightly spritzed the card with some clean water using a Stampin’ Spritzer. Then I placed the card inside the Coastal Weave 3D Embossing Folder and ran it forwards and backwards through my machine.
While the embossed card was drying I used my Paper Trimmer to cut and score some Thick Whisper White Card. Then I folded the card along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder to create my card base. Using liquid glue I added the larger stamped Whisper White layer to the inside, which just left me the front to complete.
First I glued the embossed piece to the front of the card base. Then with Stampin’ Dimensionals I added the layered floral piece followed by the sentiment. Finally I tied a bow from some of the retiring 5/16″ Braided Burlap Trim. Then once I’d fixed it into the stamped stems with Tear & Tape Adhesive I was done.
For more projects featuring the Coastal Weave 3D Embossing Folder, take a look at these earlier blog posts:
RETIRING PRODUCTS – The Coastal Weave 3D Embossing Folder, and Braided Burlap Trim are now only available while stocks last. The Beautiful Bouquet Stamp Set is also retiring but stocks are guaranteed until May 22nd. After then, like all of the retiring stamp sets, it will only be available until June 2nd, or while stocks last.