Hello! Julie here again. Today Norine is sharing two gorgeous cards she made using the Blooming Branch Stamp Set Blooming Branch Crafting Dies. (These flowering branches stamps and dies are part of our Greenhouse Society Collection.) I love the muted theme she has going on her cards!
Hello TT friends! Norine here with you again today, with a couple of cards I made using the Blooming Branch stamp and die set!
This is a beautiful stamp set and one I will reach for often. I’ve seen this stamp colored with lovely bright floral colors, but I decided to use a muted color palette for my cards today.
I’m very fond of monochromatic color schemes everywhere in my life, and I really love the mono-result on this card. For both cards, I stamped on watercolor paper with Versafine Onxy black ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. Then I used shades of black, grey, green and brown to color the leaves, stems and blooms.
It was simple to do. I rarely, if ever, clean out my watercolor paint palette, so I just mixed up some black paint, added lots of water to tone it down, and “bumped into” some of the other colors left to dry in the palette. I painted each petal first with clean water, then touched down with a paint loaded brush, into the spots where there would typically be shade. For example, the base of the leaves where they peek out from under petals, and the base of the petals themselves. The wet surface of the paper allows the color to wick outward naturally. Once the first layer was dry, I added more pigment in a few places to create darker shadows and allowed the color to dry patchily, (not a word, but you know what I mean) as that’s a quintessential watercolor look.
After the paint was dry, I die cut the stamped image and adhered it to a smaller stitched die cut panel that I had previously stamped with a sentiment from the Find Beauty stamp set, and heat embossed with white embossing powder. Then I covered the back of the grey cardstock panel and the leaves and stem that overlap the panel edges with dimensional foam tape and adhered that to a patterned paper cover card base. A few charcoal colored sequins complete this card.
For the next card, I stamped and embossed like I’ve outlined above, and painted the blooms and leaves in a subtle “Old World” palette. These shades are easy to create when you don’t clean your paint palette from one use to the next. Eventually everything become a muddy color, but just before that, you can create some beautiful sophisticated shades.
I painted a base coat on the leaves in an olive shade of green, and before it could dry, I dropped in some purple and brown shades to let them blend. Once dry, I die cut the branch with the coordinating die and adhered it to a card front, aligning the die cut blooms diagonally along the line where the plain cardstock and the patterned paper overlap.
Using the word die that is included in the coordinating dies for this stamp set, I die cut the “hello” 3 times from cardstock and stacked them together. I did some stamp surgery to get the word “friend” by cutting apart a sentiment from the Dani the Deer stamp set. (No worries, the stamp from the deer set can still be used as a unit by easily aligning it back together when I want to stamp it again.) I stamped the “friend” with a gray/brown shade of ink that matches the color tones in the blooming branches image. Then I added some similarly colored enamel dots to complete the card.
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Aren't these awesome? They have a cool vintage/retro sort of 1950s kind of feel to me. Like an old dress pattern illustration or something. I hope you enjoyed reading about how she made these great cards. Stay tuned for more tutorials from our amazing designers!
P.S. If you're a member of the Greenhouse Society auto-ship program, you should have received the Blooming Branch in your June shipment. Not a member? You can order these stamps and dies individually now!