For this Spring's Royal Blog Tour, I chose the Stampin' Up! Stamp Set, Paradise because, after all, Robin's Craft Room really IS in Paradise, here on the Big Island of Hawaii. Paradise, the stamp set, has some beautiful leaves like palms and monstera, and we have all of those right here in our own gorgeous garden.
When I used to purchase note cards in shops, many of them had photographs as their central images. With our luscious garden, I'm thrilled to show off a photo of it as the cover of a note card that I send to someone special. The card that's featured in the front of the above display uses two of the images from the Paradise Stamp Set. For the two leaves, I stamped Certainly Celery card stock with some Garden Green Ink and trimmed them very close to the inked image. For the floral images (which look exactly like the flowers that bloom in bromeliads and ti), I stamped Really Rust Card Stock with Really Rust Ink. (Alert! Really Rust is one of the Stampin' Up! colors that will retire at the end of June. It goes so nicely with the Garden Green that you might want to stock up now before it goes away!) I've layered two of the photos, which are 5" wide by 3-3/4" high, onto Really Rust Card Stock and two of them onto So Saffron Card Stock, all of which are layered on a card base of Garden Green Card Stock cut to 5-1/2" wide by 4-1/4" high, which is mounted on a folded card made of Confetti Cream Card Stock.
Next, I just had to make a box to hold these lovely cards. This box not only holds these four greeting cards, it is also just large enough to hold four A2-sized envelopes, too. Rather than use a photograph for the cover of the box (save them for the cards!) I wanted to use Designer Series Paper. I can't believe that I'd spent eight months of this Stampin' Up! year totally overlooking the paper set, Flock Together. While I love bird-watching, the birds in that paper set didn't really reach out and grab me. But once I started looking at the foliage in the set, I was sold. There are three of the designs from Flocked Together on the front of the box, one of them stamped with palm leaves from Paradise, and all matted with some Really Rust card stock and tied together with some Certainly Celery 1/4" grosgrain ribbon. A delightful repository for my cards!
The final touches for any gift box of greeting cards are the envelopes. In a commercial greeting card shop, you're liable to find just a plain old envelope to go with your greeting cards. For this lovely handmade gift, though, there has to be something just a little special about the envelope. The Paradise stamp set has perfect images for stamping in the lower left corner of an envelope. For this set I used Very Vanilla Medium (A2) Envelopes.
Here is the whole stationery set ready for me to give as a gift. Someone who posted a comment on my blog during the Royal Blog Tour will receive this very gift! I'll post the winner's name, next week.
I have a page of directions for making this box and will post it here – also next week. So stop by then to pick up your copy of the instructions!