Clean and Simple Card using Vertical Greetings and Card Front Builder Border
This card uses a stamp set I've been wanting to get my hands on for AGES, but somehow I've never managed to get round to adding it to my collection. It's called "Vertical Greetings", and it's exactly because of those greetings that I wanted it - I can think of SO many times when I've wanted a simple sentiment, but a "normal" one just wouldn't cut it with the design of the rest of the card. Ooh, I'm going to have fun with these!
This card was one of my September class projects, and I love the simplicity and cleanness of it. And it was about time I dragged the Melon Mambo out. Can't beat a shot of pink to brighten the day, don't you think?
This die-cut border is so handy, too. It's from the Card Front Builder Thinlits set, and because it was designed to coordinate with the "Carols of Christmas" stamp set, there is a risk that it gets thought of as being "just Christmassy", but it's far from that. It really lifts this little card and makes it something special. Just look at the detail you get:
The image is one of three topiary designs that accompany the sentiments in the Vertical Greetings set. I've always loved the look of classic topiary (not the birds and fancy designs so much, but the simple, clean shapes). You've seen me use the lovely door image from the "At Home With You" stamp set, and I think these little trees would look beautiful as a pair standing one either side of that door. Watch this space...
Now, you could ink this stamp up entirely using markers, but I wanted to demonstrate a slightly different technique with this one. I inked up the entire stamp with Melon Mambo ink, then wiped the ink away from the tree trunk (I used the ancient cardigan I was wearing, but probably better to use kitchen towel. You could use your finger too, but be careful not to touch anything while you're all inky!). Then I used a Soft Suede marker to ink up the trunk, "huffed" on the whole stamp and stamped the image onto my project. Easy peasey, and quicker than using the markers for the whole lot.
A little Linen Thread bow just adds that finishing touch.
As always, everything I've used in this project is listed below. Thanks for dropping in, and please do pop back for more in a few days' time.
Product List (click any item for more info or to buy)
Stamp : Vertical Greetings Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Ink : Melon Mambo Classic Stampin' Pad , Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad , Neutrals Stampin' Write Markers
Card Stock : Pink Pirouette A4 Card Stock , Melon Mambo A4 Card Stock , Whisper White A4 Card Stock
Tools & Adhesive : Glue Dots , Fast Fuse Adhesive
Ribbon & Trim : Linen Thread
Big Shot : Big Shot , Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies