Forever Fern: Step it up Sunday!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I’m excited to share two new cards with you today, both a step up (or “jacked up” if you watch Say Yes to the Dress – lol) from my June 22nd card … Click here to view blog post for this card.

I did take yesterday off to spend time and connect with family who have been going through some medical issues. I’m just happy they are getting better and I’m back in the stamp room!

My first card is a true “step up” from the original Forever Fern card with this punch technique … I’m not sure what it’s called or even if it has a name but I’ve used this several times and it always looks fresh and new …

This “step up” is simple … I added a Just Jade bow and a few rhinestones to add a little glitz to the card. These rhinestones were colored with the Just Jade Stampin’ Blends. With Stampin’ Blends, you can coordinate many of our gems / embellishments with a simple pass of the brush tip.

My next card has the same basic layout but is “stepped up” even more … here we will add embossing on the background and layers to our punched shapes …

I began with Soft Seafoam cardstock. The beautiful texture on the background was created with the Tasteful Textile 3-D embossing folder. Our large punched shape (1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″) went from 4 down to 2 and were punched from the Forever Fern Designer Series paper.

I then created 4 small shapes … start with a 1″ x 1″ square and punch opposite corners with the corner rounder that is on the Trio punch. I gave them a slight curl but wrapping them around the Take Your Pick tool … I also used this tool to add the stunning new “Elegant Faceted Gems”.

I had to share this angle of the card so you can see the stunning texture, layers and faceted gems on this card! I kept the greeting the same but punched it out with the Everyday Label Punch.

When you bring all these amazing product together, you can create so many different styles and layers to a card. Just sit down and have fun creating and layering. This product suite amazes me … and keeps calling me back!

Hope you enjoyed my Forever Greenery / Forever Fern cards today … from simple to elegant, this suite is perfect for so many occasions and will delight men and women alike!

Thank you so much for joining stopping back and joining me for a bit today. I have another new stamp set to share with you tomorrow.

Have yourself a wonderful day ~

Here is a list of the product I used to today’s cards. Find out more information about these products by clicking on the image … or you can begin your shopping from here as well. Thank you!

Forever Fern: Eclipse Technique!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

So excited to meet you back here today! I have a special treat for you … the Forever Fern bundle highlighted using the Eclipse Technique. My color pallet is the Garden Green and Soft Seafoam … love them two together!

So if I haven’t gotten you hooked on this bundle yet, check this out using the dies …

The Eclipse technique is using dies to cut out your image and then using both the cut image and negative to create an “eclipse” effect. I off centered my leaf slightly more than usual to allow more of the color to show underneath, especially because there is a space left open from the die cut.

I began with die cutting the leaf, then I embossed the “negative” with the Subtle embossing folder. Then I took my leaf and colored one side with the “Dark Old Olive” Stampin’ Blend Marker…

I went over the leaf “edges only” again to create some depth of color. Once this was done I added the Wink of Stella … I couldn’t help myself! Even though this would have made a perfect “natural” card, I wanted to “jack it up” a bit as encouragement … My sentiment: You can do this!

The close up is to illustrate to coloring, I just wish you could see the actual “shimmer” from the Wink of Stella instead of just the dots! The other day I shared a card (see card here) using the Trio Punch so I thought I would use it again, showing you a different style punch available. I thought it went very nicely with this card …

The foliage / leaf was secured with the use of the Mini Glue dots. I just “rolled” them and not only do they stick nice, they boost the die cut image up a bit. To finish off my card, I added a few rhinestones to compliment the shimmer of the Wink of Stella and to draw the eye around the card.

Hope you enjoyed today’s card … as you can tell, I am really enjoying the Forever Fern Suite. It’s a staple in your collection (kind of like Lovely as a Tree). Just a reminder that Stampin’ Up! is currently adding a FREE BUNDLE of your Choice to the $99 Starter Kit ($125 Value). I’m here to answer any questions you may have.

Thank you for taking the time to check out my blog today. Hope your day is a good one!

Here are the supplies used to make today’s card. Click on the image to learn more about the product, or to begin shopping at my online store. Thank you.