It's not that long until St. Patrick's Day, and I want to be sure to share with you most of the cards that I made for the occasion. I've really enjoyed using some of the different greens that Stampin' Up! has in its catalog this year. You'll recall that the last card I posted was made with Garden Green and Pear Pizzazz. For today's card, I stayed with the Garden Green, but the lighter green that I used to go with it is Certainly Celery. (At the end of this post, I show a photo comparing all these colors.)
Both this card and the last card I shared with you are made from card stock that I cut to be 4-1/4" x 11". I folded today's card, made with Certainly Celery Card Stock, to be 5-1/2" wide by 4-1/4" high, opening at the short end. The last card I showed was cut and folded the same way, but it had a portrait rather than a landscape orientation. Usually the cards that I share with you are made from card stock that has been cut to be 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" and folded to make a 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" card, either landscape or portrait orientation.
But onto today's card. I first embossed the front of the card with the brand new Framed Tulips Embossing Folder (a Stampin' Up! exclusive Sizzix product). Then I cut a piece of Graden Green Card Stock with the Stampin' Up! Exclusive Top Note Die, then embossed it with the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder. I tied a bit of Certainly Celery 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon around the Top Note layer, then adhered it to the card front.
For the round feature, I first stamped some Whisper White Card Stock with the stamp, Lucky Shamrock using Garden Green Ink, and punchd it with the 1-3/4" Circle Punch. Then I adhered it to a piece of Certainly Celery Card Stock that had been punched with the 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch. To give it a bit of texture, I poked little holes in each scallop using the Paper Piercing Tool.
This was a very easy card to make – not too much layering, and the Sizzix Big Shot makes all that die cutting and embossing seem so effortless!
Now for a bit of a comparison of the green card stock. In this photo, I placed a piece of Certainly Celery (on the left) and Pear Pizzazz (on the right) on top of a piece of Garden Green. Just for giggles I also added a piece of Old Olive at the bottom. Right now I do prefer to use the Pear Pizzazz when I'm working with something that is a soft floral. I'm happy it's in the Stampin' Up! collection and I'm going to miss it when it cycles out of the collection in 2012 (it's one of the 2-year "In Colors" that started this year). I'll certainly be interested to see what replaces it!
I hope you've enjoyed a bit of a diversion as I've discussed some of Stampin' Up!'s colors today. I had fun putting the greens together for you! And I hope that whatever you do creatively this week, you'll have fun with it!