Saturday, November 19, 2011
Do you ever see something (for stamping) and get an idea of how you would use it before you even receive it? Well that is what happened to me when I saw these new Memory Box dies from Joan's Gardens. It is funny I am making an Autumn card when it has been snowing here for the past two days, but I had to follow through on my idea.
I started out with a piece of light blue card stock for my card base. The finished size of this card is a 5.5" x 6". The card stock was folded and the top of the Memory Box "Leaf Canopy" (98142) was placed close to the fold. This die just cuts little holes in the card stock. Pretty neat huh! Then the "Twiggy Tree" (98143) was die cut using brown card stock. The Memory Box "Deer Trio" (98166) was die cut out of black card stock.
Once the top of the tree was die cut, I used a dark blue Distress Ink to sponge the sky using a cloud stencil to create clouds behind the tree. Using scissors, three different levels of "hilly ground" were cut out. To give the ground an autumn look, I first sponged it with a dark green Distress ink then went over it with a brown Distress Ink to blend it all together. The hills were then attached below the sky. Next the "Twiggy Tree" was then glued in place to form the large tree. Now don't laugh at me, but this was the idea I had to try. I wanted to create a tree with falling leaves. I took the "Leaf Canopy" and placed small pieces of fall colored card stock in different places over the die then ran it through the die cutting machine. I saved all these little "leaves" so I could create a scene with falling leaves. On the back side of the "Tree Canopy", I glued some of the same colors of card stock over some of the holes then cut a piece of dark yellow card stock to the inside to cover the whole top portion of the inside of the card. This covered up all the little pieces of different colors of card stock glued to the top of the tree. Next I added some dots of glue in areas where I wanted the falling leaves then just dumped on all the little leaves I had die cut. The deer were then glued to one of the bottom hills. The sentiment is from an old JustRite stamp set. I wanted an autumn colored border around the card so cut a piece of dark orange card stock, slightly larger than the card, then ran all the edges through the Zutter Paper Distresser. Well, what do you think about my idea to create falling leaves from this pretty Memory Box Tree?
I can now imagine using these same dies to create a winter scene. It is so much fun, and so easy, to create cards using these great dies. All these products can be purchased from Joan's Gardens. Did you see the big announcement on Joan's Gardens?? Joan is having a great "12 Days of Christmas" sale and everyone making purchases during this sale will be entered into a drawing for a $50 Gift Package from Joan's Gardens. Each time you make a purchase from one of the 12 Days, your name will be entered into the drawing - that means you could have up to 12 chances to win that $50 gift package. Be sure to go over to Joan's Gardens to get all the information about this sale that begins Sunday, Nov 20.