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Today I wanted to share a card with you that I created using the Woodland Walk DP and the Growing Green stamp set.  My feelings towards this DP have been through a real evolution.  When I first saw it in the catalogue, I thought it was absolutely stunning, and it immediately went on my “have to buy” list.  When I actually received the DP though, I was quite disappointed.  It looked so…  The primary green used in this designer paper collection is Garden Green – probably the least used green that I own. I still have 3/4 of the first package of Garden Green cardstock I bought 4 years ago – which goes to show you how much I like it *lol*. 

Now one of the ways I work on developing my creativity and artistic skills is to force myself to use products that I may not necessarily like.  In fact, sometimes I deliberatly buy things that are “not my style” to see what I can come up with.

As I started working on this card, I was actually quite surprised to find that I did like the DP after all.  I’m actually tickled pink with how this card turned out.  Here’s how I made it:

  1. Take a 4 1/4″ x 11″ piece of Crumb Cake CS and fold it in half with your bone folder to create a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ card.  Set aside for a moment.
  2. Center and stick a 3 3/4″ x 3″ piece of the Woodland Walk DP along the top of a 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of Early Espresso CS.
  3. Center and stick a 2″ x 3 3/4″ piece of textured Very Vanilla CS along the bottom of the 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of Early Espresso CS.  The Very Vanilla CS will overlap the DP.
  4. Lay a 5″ piece of Early Espresso Satin Ribbon across the seam between the Very Vanilla CS and the DP.  Bring the ends of the ribbon around to the back of the CS and stick them down with SNAIL adhesive.
  5. Center and stick the matted DP to the Crumb Cake card front with SNAIL adhesive.
  6. Stamp the greeting from the Whimsical Words stamp set in Early Espresso Classic ink onto the Very Vanilla CS, towards the left side of the CS. Use a Stamp-a-ma-jig if necessary. 
  7. Tie a 12″ piece of Early Espresso Satin ribbon in a bow around the first piece of ribbon. Slide the bow towards the right side of the card.
  8. Stamp the rose (I think that’s what kind of a flower it is) onto a piece of watercolor paper with Timber Brown Staz On ink.  Color it in using an aquapainter and Crumb Cake Classic ink. 
  9. Add some highlights to the lines of the flower with the buttermilk Atyou Spica pen.
  10. Cut out a few leaves from a scrap of the same DP used on the card.  Stick them to the back of the flower so that they are peeking out a little, using mini glue dots.
  11. Stick the flower to the right of the greeting on the Very Vanilla CS using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  You’re done!

Well I hope you enjoyed today’s card!

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Stamps: Growing Green, Whimsical Words (2010 Sale-a-Bration stamp set, now retired)
Ink: Crumb Cake Classic ink, Early Espresso Classic ink
Paper: Crumb Cake CS, Early Espresso CS, textured Very Vanilla CS, Watercolor paper, Woodland Walk DP
Accessories: SNAIL adhesive, mini glue dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Early Espresso satin ribbon, Stamp-a-ma-jig
Non-Stampin’ Up!: buttermilk atyou spica glitter pen