|Stashback Friday 2 - Using items in your "stash"!!!|
So, this is the Thoughtful Branches thinlets and stamp set. It makes trees, hydrangeas, birds, and other types of flowers - and I have even seen some people make this little set into animals and into pumpkins! I love that!!!! I have had it for a while, as I mentioned, but I just haven't had a chance to use it. That is why I created "Stashback Friday" in the first place - to make myself use items in my stash - whether I have used them before or not - to remember that I have awesome stuff already that I can go to or go back to.
For today's little set of cards I used some Simon Says Stamp paper as the bases in varying colors. I then die cut varying pieces and even cut one of the pieces in some glitter card stock I got from Ellen Hutson. On the first card I started with some teal blue card stock and cut out the tree in a light brown. I then stamped the grass with Avery Elle Celery and the sentiment with Avery Elle Sapphire. I used Sapphire and Aquamarine to stamp the birds, mixing them for an ombre effect, and then cut them out and added them to the tree. Finally, I ran the Sapphire ink around the outside in sort of smudging technique.
|Thoughtful Branch with Birds|
For the next card, I wanted the card to be totally different to show how the stamp set was so versatile. I used plain white card stock as well as a piece of the blue from above so that a hint of blue would show through. I stamped the tree trunks in Avery Elle Truffle ink and then cut out the inside and a border with the Lawn Fawn cross stitch rectangle dies. I then added them back with glue and foam tape and used the Snow Pen for a snow effect on the card. Totally different from the first card!
|Winter Scene with Snow|
On the third card I used another white card base and cut out the piece that can be used for the hydrangea flower or the tree leaves (depending on how you use it). I cut out two pieces of hot pink card stock and one piece in glitter card stock. I then stamped on top in Avery Elle Cherry ink to give it a bit of dimension. I also cut out the leaves in green card stock. After attaching it all to the cards, I smudged the Celery ink around the sides like I did with the first card and then I added Apple Green Nuvo drops in clusters of three for an added effect.
|Beautiful Layered Die Hydrangea|
For the third card I wanted to do another type of fold that I have seen but never tried. This is where you fold the card into the middle and then stamp over that so that the card opens on both sides. I really like the way this card turned out. After folding the card, I stamped the tree trunk in the Truffle ink and the leaves in the Celery ink. I then added the grass with Celery and the sentiment with Sapphire ink. I added the Nuvo drops in Apple Green and Woodland Green to the leaves to make them pop. I then used the Sapphire ink to smudge around the top of the card and the Celery ink to smudge around the bottom of the card.
On the final card, I used the little branches in the set and stamped those as well as some leaves in the Celery ink. I then added the small flowers that are included for another look with Avery Elle Vino and Avery Elle Sugar Plum ink. I also stamped the sentiment in the Sugar Plum ink. I then did the three dot technique with the Nuvo drops in Purple Rain and added the Violet Galaxy glitter Nuvo drops in tiny little drops to the flowers. It gave a totally different look that I love.
|Beautiful Purple Flowers|
Thanks so much for being here and sharing in the art therapy journey with me. I also must apologize for the lack of videos the past two weeks - I hurt my arm (which, as you know, I already have difficulties with my hands and arms from the strokes, and I haven't been able to craft as much due to pain and shaking). I do want to let you know though that, when I can't get a video up, I do try to get some type of card making or crafting done and post that on my Instagram pages if you follow me there.
|Supplies for Stashback Friday 2 - Thoughtful Branches|
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