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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Forever Fern, Many Messages, Fall Friendship Card, 2021-2022 Stampin' Up! Catalog

Once again I thought I'd play with the "Forever Fern" set to see if I could get some fall or even winter cards made using it.  These colors scream Christmas.  Mostly because I was leaning towards a Christmas card when I made it but after reading some email, I realized I needed to change the genre. So here's what I ended up with.

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Real Red card stock. This card opens on the right and the fold is on the left.  I cut a 4-1/8" x 5-3/8" piece of Mossy Meadow for the layer and a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Basic White for the top. I textured that Basic White piece using the "Painted Texture" embossing folder. I glued it to the Mossy Meadow piece and then I taped that to the front of the card.

I cut a 3-1/4" x 2-1/4" piece of Basic White for the focal piece. I used Crumb Cake ink and the dotted stamp from the "Forever Fern" set on it. I did stamp off once because I didn't want the dots too dark. I taped that to a 3-3/8" x 2-3/8" piece of Mossy Meadow and then I taped those two to a 3-1/2" x 2-1/2" piece of Real Red card stock. Then that was taped to the center of the front of the card.

Next I die cut the gold foil leaves and set them aside. 

The swirl was from a retired set and I had found it in my "Forever Fern" set just sitting there waiting for me to do something with it. SO I thought I'd tuck it in behind the gold foil leaves and see what happens when all is said and done!

I stamped the leafy green images using Mossy Meadow ink. I die cut both of them. And I stamped the round leaves (I always think they look like a cluster of berries), I used Real Red ink.  Before I set the red leaves on top of the green ones, I colored them in using my Wink of Stella pen. It helped blend the colors a bit. The pen picked up some of the ink and moved it around on the image. I like that look, it looks like the image was stamped in color instead of just outlined.  I held the leaves in my hand and set them up where I liked them. I turned them over and taped them together. I was careful not to move them because I really liked my placement.  I set them aside while I taped down the circle piece and the gold foil leaves. Then I added Dimensionals to the cluster I created and set them in place on top of the card. 

The words are from the "Many Messages" set and were stamped using black Memento ink. I had used my "Classic Label" (retired) punch to punch them out. I trimmed off the points on each end and set them in place just below the bottom of the cluster. Oh, I did have to trim off the stems at the bottom of the cluster of leaves, they didn't look good sticking out the bottom of the words.

I added a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Basic White card stock to the inside of the card and it was done.

I really do like how this card turned out. I think I'd like to try this set again using the Christmas theme.

Thank you SO very much for taking your time to stop by today,


KardsbyKadie said...

What a LOVELY card Wanda.

Heartwarmers from Vicki said...

I always love the cards you do with the "Forever Fern" stamps and dies!