Sending inspiration

Hello and welcome to today’s blog post, which features more products from the Dandy Garden Suite! Do you find coloring therapeutic? Do you like just to dabble in coloring? The Dragonfly Garden stamp set may be for you! For today’s card, I brought out my neglected blender pens and did a little color therapy with this fun stamp set! I will also show you how I added the Ladybug Trinkets, which are so stinking cute!!

The base layer is this design from the Dandy Garden 6” x 6” DSP, cut at 4” x 5 ¼” (horizontal):

For the card front, you will need:

1. Use the fourth from the smallest layering Stitched Rectangles Dies to die-cut from Vellum cardstock.

2. Use the fifth from the smallest layering Stitched Rectangles Dies to die-cut from Basic White cardstock. I used my Stamparatus to stamp the flower stamp in Memento ink and stamped the small butterflies twice in Memento ink. Use a blender pen to color in the flowers and butterflies with Old Olive, Crushed Curry, Mango Melody, and Poppy Parade inks.

3. On Basic Black cardstock, heat emboss the sentiment in White Emboss Powder and use the second smallest rectangle Stitched Rectangles Dies to die-cut out. Since this die is too long for the sentiment, I “customized” the size by lining up the end of the die with the sentiment (make sure the die sits in the “stitch”), making it shorter.

4. You will need two of the Ladybug Trinkets.

Can we talk about these trinkets for a minute?? I just love them!! Lol

I first placed the die-cut Vellum on the DSP base layer and then positioned the die-cut Basic White so I could see where on the Basic White die-cut piece to place adhesive to adhere to the die-cut Vellum. Then I placed adhesive on the back of the covered Vellum and Basic White die-cuts to adhere to the DSP base layer. I hope that’s not too confusing, I’m using the Basic White piece to hide the adhesive on the Vellum piece:

The embossed sentiment is adhered with dimensionals and the ladybugs are adhered with glue dots, which I used my Take Your Pick Tool to apply:

This completed piece is adhered to a Night of Navy cardstock card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

For the inside, cut a piece of Basic White cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼” (horizontal), stamp the sentiment in Night of Navy ink, stamp the flowers in Memento ink, and use a blender pen to color in with the same inks as the card front:

I just love coloring with a blender pen! The reason why I did choose to use a blender pen, is because there are some small and intricate areas, which I felt a Stampin’ Blend would be too much and I can also control how light or dark I wanted areas colored in. The best tip that I can pass along for coloring is that you stamp all your images first and then color in, choosing one color that you want to use, i.e.: Crushed Curry for the butterfly’s, small flowers, and flower centers, then move on to the next color. 

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I hope today’s project inspires you to get creative! Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and thanks for stopping by!

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Author: Christina Miller

I am an Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator located in Norfolk, Virginia and was first introduced to Stampin' Up! in 2004 when I attended my very first card class with my Mother-in-Law and I was immediately hooked! I first started out by making simple holiday cards and over the years as my stash has grown, so have my card and craft making skills. It has always warmed my heart when family and friends love my cards, but they actually keep them! In 2016 I decided to become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and figured I could just do it for a hobby, but now I am going to branch out for all to world to see. So grab your favorite beverage, sit in your favorite chair, and join me as I share my cards and crafts with you! Enjoy!

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