Believe it or not, it does get a bit chilly here in our part of Hawaii during the winter months. OK – we don't have to have a heat source in our house. But I do put an extra sweater on during the day and blanket on at night!
So it does my heart good to hear all the Northern Cardinals and other birds filling the morning air with their songs that indicate to me that the warmer months are soon to be upon us! Not only that, there are quite a few plants that choose the Spring months to flower, so that's an extra treat. I'm saying all this to let you know that I definitely have a reason for cheerfully joining in the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge this week – "Spring is in the Air!"
I'm really trying hard to get my creative juices flowing after they've been stagnant for so long, and perhaps I went a bit too far with this card. But I had so much fun making it that I decided,that I would share it with you anyway!
My idea was to stamp some of the images from the from the Spring Sampler Stamp Set (from the 2013 Stampin' Up! Spring Catalog) so that they would fit into the hexagons in the Honeycomb Embossing Folder (also from the Spring Catalog). I decided to stick with this idea even when I found out that the images in the stamp set were just a tad too large for the hexagons. After all, they'd show up anyway as long as they were stamped BEFORE the paper was run through the embossing folder.
So how did I do that? I first embossed some Card Stock Vellum with the embossing folder. Then I stamped the images I was going to use onto corners of smaller pieces of card stock vellum using the Stamp-a-ma-jig. I marked the corners of the honeycomb embossed vellum onto the Whisper White Card Stock on which I was going to stamp. Then I laid the smaller stamped pieces of vellum over a hexagon on the embossed vellum, and then slipped the embossed vellum out from under the stamped vellum. Finally, I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to line up the stamp that I was going to stamp. I repeated this for each stamp. It actually turned out a lot better than I thought it might, given the size of the stamps!
To finish the overall card cover look of my greeting card, I added some hexagons that I cut from some of the Tea for Two Designer Series Paper as well as some coordinating brads.
The colors I used were Tangerine Tango, Lucky Limeade, Pretty in Pink and Marina Mist. The Marina Mist is not in the Designer Series Paper Set, but I liked that for a spring color better than I liked the Island Indigo. Besides, I didn't use any of the Island Indigo colored paper in the card anyway!
So – it's different from my usual style. But I surely did have fun with it! I hope you have fun with whatever projects you're working on as Spring begins. And don't forget to enter at least one of them in the Stampin' Up! Only Challenge!
Products used in ths project
Tea for Two Designer Series Paper, Item 129311, $10.95 (12 sheets)
Honeycomb Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Item 129378, $7.95
Spring Sampler Stamp Set, Item 125510 (wood), $38.95, 125512 (clear) $27.95
Friendly Phrases Stamp Set, Item 126149 (wood), $18.95, 126151 (clear), $14.95
Scallop Oval Punch, Item 119856, $16.95