Today starts the new Thoughtful Branches bundle that will only be available from August 2nd to the 31st! I was on the fence about getting it due to the short time frame that it will be current, but I broke down and went for it. It's such a beautiful, versatile set that I know I will use it long after it's not available anymore. You can get the stamp set and coordinating die separately, or bundle and save 10%.
It was a lot of fun putting this card together, and I kind of went all over the place with the techniques and what not. I was on a roll! Watercolor washed the background, and then thought, "I wonder how it would look if I embossed it?" So I grabbed the nearest folder, which happened to be Seaside. I love how it's reminiscent of wind blowing. We get that a lot around here, lol!
While I made this one a Thank You card, it would work just as well as a masculine birthday, thinking of you, or even a sympathy card.
Here's the "How To"
Watercolor Paper 3" x 4-1/4" and 3-1/2" x 4-3/4"
Mat: Soft Suede 3-5/8" x 4-7/8"
DSP: 4" x 5-1/4" (I used retired It's My Party; you can sub any Mint Macaron DSP)
Tree: Early Espresso 3-1/2" x 3-1/2"
Gold Foil Sheet 3" x 3"
Card base: Very Vanilla 5-1/2" x 8-1/2", scored and folded at 4-1/4"
- Adhere Mint Macaron DSP to card base and set aside.
- Cut Early Espresso tree using Beautiful Branches Thinlits die, and gold foil 2-5/8" circle using Layering Circles Framelits. Set aside.
- On smaller piece of watercolor paper make a wash background using Pool Party and Bermuda Bay ink. Let dry (or dry with Heat Tool), then emboss with Seaside folder.
- Adhere gold circle to left side (overlapping edge) of embossed piece and trim off excess. Adhere both to larger piece of watercolor paper.
- Wrap Mint Macaron ribbon around so bottom edge of ribbon is 3/4" from bottom of watercolor paper. Adhere ends to back. Center Gold ribbon on Mint Macaron and adhere ends to back.
- Apply Soft Suede mat to back of watercolor paper, then adhere all to card base.
- Attach tree with your choice of adhesive (I used the Fine-Tip Glue Pen on a few branches and 1/8" sticky tape on the trunk). Stamp greeting in Early Espresso ink.