Friday, April 27, 2012
Do you love dogwood flowers? I think they are so pretty. I planted a dogwood tree four years ago and so far it has not bloomed. I am really hoping it will this year. Our weather is still very cool and our trees are just starting to get leaves. I'm so anxious to see if I get those beautiful flowers this year!
Today I used a new Memory Box stamp I just received from Joan's Gardens. It is the "Dogwood Branch". I stamped the image using green ink on green card stock then stamped it again with pink ink on white card stock. I cut the green image out so I could layer it over my window. The leaves were shaped using the self-closing tweezers from the Flower Tool Kit. The "white" flower was cut away from the branch so I could shape it. The edges were sponged with pink ink then shaped and attached over the flower on the green branch. I used some tiny green and yellow beads to form the stamen.
This is a 6"x5.5" card. I used the inside design on the new Spellbinders "Elite" M-Bossabilities (EL-001) for my embossed background. These embossing folders are larger and the whole front fit inside the folder. The window is the Poppy Stamps "Grand Madison Window" (815); the new "Grand Madison Window Shutter" (832); and the "Grand Flower Box". I tried something new today with the window. When you die cut the window, it die cuts the four rectangles that fit inside the window panes. I saved these and sponged them yellow then placed them back inside the window. I lightly sponged some light gray ink around the edges of the window to help make it stand out from the background.
I wanted to use real small flowers in the flower box because I wanted my focal point to be the pretty dogwood branch. I used the two Cheery Lynn "Olive Branches" (B147) for the green foliage. These small leaves work great in the flower box. I pulled out some of the very small flowers from my "stash". I decided to use the cat from the Cheery Lynn "Screen Door w/Cat" (A2 164) die to sit on the box. I die cut him using white card stock and sponged on gray ink, and drew on an eye and nose.
All products I use can be purchased from Joan's Gardens.