Yesterday Stampin’ Up! let Demonstrators know that sales of the Strawberry Builder Punch (and coordinating Sweet Strawberry Stamp Set) are exceeding expectations. As a result the punch is currently not orderable, and the next batch due shortly is not expected to last long. While it’s certainly disappointing, there is some good news. Stampin’ Up! also told us that the stamp set and punch will be in the new 2021/2022 Annual Catalogue. And what’s more it will still be available as a discounted bundle. Yay! This is unusual, as bundles typically don’t last forever, in fact most end with the expiry of the catalogue.
So with that in mind I thought I should remind you of a bundle that is unlikely to carry over. It may even turn out that the Forever Fern Stamp Set and coordinating Forever Flourishing Dies retire completely. Fingers crossed that we get to keep them at least another year.
I decided early on that I wanted my card to have a fresh look. So I began by using my Paper Trimmer to cut and score some Thick Whisper White Card. Then I folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder to create my card base.
Next I placed the front of the card base into the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder and ran it through my Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine. While this added real interest to the front, I thought the white was too stark. So using a Sponge Brayer I added a light layer of Sahara Sand ink over the surface. That was much better.
After that I cut a 3/4″ x 5-1/4″ strip of So Saffron Card and using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) fixed it along the bottom of a 4″ x 5-1/4″ layer of Whisper White Card. Eventually I’d use this to line the card base, but I set it aside for the time being.
Going back to the So Saffron Card I cut another strip, this one 1″ x 5-1/2″. Then I added a 1/8″ x 5-1/2″ strip of Whisper White Card to the pile.
Now I was ready to stamp my sentiment chosen from the Forever Fern Stamp Set. Using Early Espresso ink I stamped “you can do this” onto the 1″ x 5-1/2″ strip of So Saffron Card. Next, using liquid glue I attached the strip along the bottom edge on the front of my card base. Then to separate the sentiment strip from the subtle background I glued the 1/8″ Whisper White strip up against it.
To decorate the card I turned to the Forever Flourishing Dies and one of the large leafy dies. I cut this from Granny Apple Green Card and then used liquid glue to fix it to the front of the card.
The leaves were nice but I wanted a little extra detail and so pulled out the Basket of Blooms Stamp Set. Using Petal Pink ink I stamped the striped flower image onto Petal Pink Card for a tone-on-tone look. After stamping three flowers I punched them out using the coordinating Small Bloom Punch. Then I fixed them over the leafy die cut, one with liquid glue and the other two using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
Now the front of the card was complete I just needed a few finishing touches. So going back to the Whisper White layer I’d set aside, I stamped a Petal Pink flower in the middle towards the top. Then I glued this layer inside the card base.
Finally I stamped one last flower in the centre of the flap of a Whisper White Medium Envelope and my project was complete.
From the gorgeous sentiments, to the versatile leafy images and detailed dies, the Forever Fern Stamp Set and Forever Flourishing Dies are definitely worth adding to your collection.
For more projects featuring the Forever Fern Stamp Set see these earlier blog posts:
- Forever Greenery surprised me
- Forever after for a wedding card
- Another inked embossing folder
- Forever fern and an olive branch
- Forever experimenting blue-greenery
- I love a can do attitude
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the Forever Fern Stamp Set and coordinating Forever Flourishing Dies using a single ‘bundle’ item number. This meant I saved 10% off the cost of buying the two items separately. I’ve included a link to both options below.