Do you live somewhere near flowering trees? One of the things I love about early springtime is visiting my mom and seeing all the fruit trees in bloom. She lives in central Washington which is covered in apple, cherry, pear and peach orchards. This month's Blooming Branches stamps and dies are based on a picture of a flowering apple tree, but you can color this stamp set to look like nearly any flowering tree. Check out these gorgeous cards to get some ideas about how to make some beautiful cards of your own!
First up is this beautiful pink card from Ana. Ana used alcohol markers to color the flowers, leaves and branch. Then she used the matching dies to cut out her colored flowering branch image. To create the beautiful, smooth gradient background Ana used inks that matched her pink flowers. She flicked a little paint on the finished gradient to add some visual interest. Ana die cut out the word Hello (which is included in the set of Blooming Branches dies) from black cardstock to make the sentiment and added some black enamel dots to finish this card. Isn't it lovely?
Allison also used alcohol markers to color the spray of flowers and leaves along the branch. She then gave the design some pizzazz with a bit of gold glitter paper peeking through a die cut ring behind the flowers. I love that she used the 'Hello' die to make a sentiment out of another branch of flowers that she had colored. That's really creative!
Norine's card features a hand-painted background! She watercolored the flowers and leaves along with the branch. Then she used that same lovely pink color that she had used on the flowers to create a unique striped background. What a fun way to make sure your background perfectly matches your flowers!
When I first saw Latisha's card, I did a double take. Her no-line coloring technique takes the Blooming Branch stamped image to a new level of cool. I love the colors she chose, and the shading she did, and, well, everything ;).
And last, but not least, is this sweet card that Bev made. She also used alcohol markers to color the stamped image and then die cut out the flowering branch. She stamped the heartfelt sentiment (from the Blooming Branches stamp set) on her card front. Then she cut a window from a subtly patterned paper to frame the sentiment. She gave the whole card dimension by popping up both the patterned paper frame and the flowering branch stamped image.
I hope you saw some cards here that inspire you. You can see more projects using the Blooming Branches stamps and dies on our website!
PS: If you're a member of the Greenhouse Society, the Blooming Branches should be arriving in your mailbox soon. We started shipping them to members on June 10th.
Not a member? You can order the Blooming Branches stamps and dies individually now. Or save 10% when you buy the stamp and die bundle. Or join the Greenhouse Society and save 25% each month on beautiful flower stamps and dies like these!