Monday, August 8, 2016

THOUGHTFUL BRANCHES - Easy & Stepped Up Versions

When I finished this first card, I thought "Well, that sure was easy." You can put any amount of work into a card you have time for - and sometimes I get carried away. Today, I'm going to show you an "easy" card and one that I said "Well that was too easy and a little bit plain" and stepped it up. Stepping up in stamping means adding more stuff - more texture, more embellishments, more dimension.  It's all a matter of taste (or time).

Here's my easy card. The leaves, tree trunk, and apples are stamped and cut out with dies. The grass and sentiment are stamped directly on a plain piece of white cardstock. Tie a red ribbon around it and voila! An easy card. I used the color combination of Cucumber Crush, Real Red, and Soft Suede.

Here's the same card that's been "stepped up".  I stamped the leaves, tree trunk, and grass as above, but then I embossed the stamped cardstock with the Woodgrain Embossing Folder. Then I stamped stamped the leaves, tree trunk, and apples again on a separate piece of white cardstock, cut them out with the dies, and layered them on top of the stamped/embossed cardstock.

Instead of stamping the sentiment "For You" directly onto the cardstock as in the "easy" card, I stamped separately and cut out with the Circles Collection Framelits and added a red border. The ribbon is the same on both cards. However, now that I think about it, a bow on the stepped up version would have been cute.

Here's a closer look at the embossing and stamping underneath the die cut pieces. While the differences are subtle, this card has texture and dimension.

Don't forget that this stamp set is only available this month while supplies last. Order in my online store and get Customer Rewards (see tab above).

That's it for today - stay tuned for Holiday Catalog sneak peeks all week.

Happy Stamping!