I'm really impressed with the new hostess sets this year: there are some really cool ones! Tranquil Tulips is one of them, and after making a card with it, I'm even more enamored. The two-step stamping really gives great depth to the flowers and allow to play with colour.
This is another card that was born out of a demo piece. I showed my mom the new 3D embossing folders (Pinewood Planks) and ran a piece of Tranquil Tide cardstock through the Big Shot just to show her the various depths of embossing we could achieve with those new folders. Later, I was looking at my piece of cardstock, trying to figure out what I could make with it, and I spotted the Color Throwdown combo #449, which included green. I was unsure how this new In Color would look paired with orange, but it looked quite nice with Tango Tangerine and Early Espresso. As I started stamping the scene, I decided to add a touch of Lemon Lime Twist to stamp the grass, and it was when I added this other shade of green that the combo really came to life. I love the result!
I drew inspiration from past Mojo Monday sketch #499 to design the card, and I found my sentiment in the new Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set. It is filled with wonderful sentiments so I couldn't pass this one up.
As a side note, the background was initially quite dark, but I daubed some white ink with a sponge on it to make the wood details stand out more. This whitewash effect really made a huge difference on the overall look. I had done this on my seagull card last week as well, on grey cardstock. I'm kind of addicted to this trick now!
I stamped this card late yesterday and I discovered this morning that I'm going to have to go back and fix a stupid mistake I made... The card is 5-1/4" x 5-1/4" and the envelope I stamped is A2 (for 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" cards). I rolled my eyes at myself this morning when I discovered I had done that. It's what happens when you try to finish things up in a hurry.
Stampin' Up! Supplies
Stamps: Tranquil Tulips (hostess), Joyeux anniversaire beauté (Happy Birthday Gorgeous)
Cardstock: Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Tango Tangerine
Ink: Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Tango Tangerine
Accessories: Lemon Lime Twist 1/2" Finely Woven Ribbon, Brights Enamel Shapes,
White Envelope, Stampin' Dimensionals, Pinewood Planks Embossing Folder, Sponge,
Classic Label Punch