Thoughtful Branches

Today (August 31, 2016) is the last official day to order the Thoughtful Branches bundle, stamp set, and dies.  Stampin’ Up! just told us they do still have inventory left and will continue to sell it until that runs out – which could be any time – so if you want it get it before its gone.

I think it is a wonderful stamp set with some great words and versatile images.  My class this month was a ton of fun.  We made a cute box to hold the 4 cards and envelopes that everyone made.  I swear I took pictures of the box but can’t find it with the others.  So for now I just have the cards to share with you.  My plan was to use a variety of the images and dies and show ideas for throughout the year – so I kind of thought of these as various seasons.

For Spring:

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This was a quick card using Elegant Eggplant and Old Olive with Whisper White.  A little peek of a doily, the new Petal Burst embossing folder and Elegant Eggplant Bakers Twine.

For Summer:

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This idea was from another demo Dena Reko with just a minor change.  I love how nicely the die lines up with the leaves on the tree.  I wasn’t sure at first.  But the die is designed so you can see right through it to the image you are cutting out and line it up.

For Fall:

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I love to make cards like this that I call “window” cards.  I used the new Layering Circles Framelits to cut the window in the two front layers.  The trees are stamped on the layer below.  And for these I used the thumping technique – its perfect to create a fall look.

For Winter:

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I love how this one turned it – it was a favorite at the class and used a really fun technique.  It’s called Salt Lifting.  And I used that technique over a watercolor wash. This one is done on Watercolor paper and I used Garden Green, Bermuda Bay and Pool Party for my colors.  Everyone at the class had a lot of fun doing this.  Here are a few instructions:

  1. on a clear block – I used the H block for mine – apply ink to the block using all 3 colors – Garden Green at one end, Bermuda Bay and Pool Party at the other end – over lap a tad.
  2. have your watercolor paper ready and I used paper towels.  Lay your block on a paper towel and the watercolor paper on one too. You need a spritzer filled with water.
  3. spritz the ink covered block with water (watch for ink splashing off the block too) then quickly flip it over onto your watercolor paper – if your paper is bigger then the block – slide it across to the other side.
  4. spread salt on your paper – all over or just in spots – let dry – you can speed up the drying with a heat tool if you need to (we did that in class)
  5. wipe off all the salt and finish the card.

You’ll get different results each time.  The ink, the salt, how much water, how much salt, etc. will all give you different results.  Have fun playing with that.

This class was a ton of fun!  Order today so you don’t miss this bundle!

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