Today is full of excitement as we see the early release of the Eden’s Garden Stamp Set and Eden Dies. These two items will be in the January to July 2022 Mini Catalogue that goes live to customers on January 4th. What won’t be in the Mini Catalogue though are some coordinating extras, Ever Eden 12″ x 12″ Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP), Eden 12″ x 12″ Cotton Paper and Garden Gems. These three extra products will only be available until January 4th (while stocks last). For this project I decided to play with just the stamp set and dies, and show how it compliments other things in my craft studio.
I began my project with the largest of the new Eden Dies, a large leafy frame. Using the die I cut out some Fluid 100 Watercolour Paper but left the entire piece on the cutting plate.
Then I used Water Painters to colour the die-cut area with all the pieces still in place. For my colour scheme I chose Soft Sea Foam, Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen. To create a palette of ink I squeezed the lids of the closed ink pads. This pressed the foam pads onto the inside of the lids leaving behind a patch of ink. After opening up the pads I added drops of water to the ink and then used it to paint the Watercolour Paper.
After wetting the paper with a little clean water I painted the leafy frame using Soft Sea Foam ink. Then I let it dry a little before adding Soft Succulent ink to some of the leafy areas and letting it blend naturally. Finally I created a few darker areas on the leaves by introducing Evening Evergreen ink. Once again the damp paper pulled the ink to blend it with no harsh lines.
It was only at this point that I thought I could find a use for the ‘waste’ part in the centre of the die-cut frame. So I went back and painted the centre piece just with Soft Sea Foam ink. Then I set the paper aside to dry thoroughly.
BIRD IN THE HAND
Next I chose the large angel image from the Angels of Peace Stamp Set. Using Pale Papaya ink I stamped the angel onto more Fluid 100 Watercolour Paper. Then I painted her using Pale Papaya ink for her dress, Cajun Craze for her hair and the bird, and Blushing Bride for her hand and face. I had to be more careful not to wet the stamped lines so as to avoid them blurring, but it was doable. With that done I set this piece aside to dry with the frame.
While I was waiting I used my Paper Trimmer to cut and score some Thick Basic White Card. Then I folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder to create a card base.
Next I chose a really subtle pattern from the Peaceful Place 12″ x 12″ Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack. I began by cutting a 2-1/4″ x 6″ piece and fixed it to the flap of a Basic White Medium Envelope using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow). Then I trimmed off the excess with my Paper Snips, using the edge of the flap as a guide.
I cut my second piece of DSP at 3/4″ x 5-1/4″ and glued it down the side of a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Basic White Card. Then I glued this piece inside the card base.
Finally I cut one last piece of the DSP at 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″. This was to cover the whole of the front of the card base and fixed into place with more liquid glue.
Once the watercoloured pieces were completely dry I was ready for the final steps.
First, I removed the leafy frame from the rest of the Watercolour Paper, but kept the tiny pieces inside the leaves. Then using liquid glue I mounted the frame onto the front of my card base.
Next I used Paper Snips to cut out the angel image but removed her wings. It was an idea I has a little while ago while working on a Christmas card and I was delighted with how this worked. So now my angel had become a lady I used liquid glue to add her to the bottom left corner of the card.
That just left the sentiment to do and for that I turned to the new Eden’s Garden Stamp Set. From the five sentiments in the set I chose “my heart is tied to yours… tug if you need anything”. Then with Cajun Craze ink I stamped it onto the painted piece taken from the centre of the leafy frame.
Now all I needed was to cut out the sentiment and that meant a die that was big enough, but not so big that it overshadowed the leafy frame and lady.
In the end I turned to a favourite set of smaller dies, Ornate Frames. I found exactly what I needed and die-cut the sentiment. Then with Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back I attached it to the card front and my project was complete.
Oh my goodness I can’t stop looking at this card. It turned out so much better than I’d hoped. I also found another use for my Angels of Peace Stamp Set when I don’t really need an angel with wings. I hope you like it as much as I do.
In case you missed it, you’ll find my most recent card featuring the tall angel in my blog post Angels of Peace simply designed.
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the Eden’s Garden Stamp Set and Eden Dies using a single “bundle” item number. This meant I saved 10% off the cost of buying the same two items separately. You’ll see I’ve included both options in my product list so you can explore these further if you wish.
To see the complete collection of new products released today, please visit the Eden’s Garden section of my online store.