Lemon Zest Thank You Cards

Recently, Stampin’ Up! asked us to make thank you cards for the wonderful volunteers who support the Wycombe Homeless Connection

I love any opportunity to thank those who work so hard to help others, so I knew I wanted to contribute to this effort.

The Lemon Zest stamp and matching punch set retires at the end of this month, so this project was its swan song!

I can’t get enough of the Well Written Dies. The size and font of the words in this die set is perfect for card fronts and such a bold, funky way to add a sentiment to your card! I love the contrast between the black foil ‘thanks’ and that vibrant pineapple punch lemon!

So glad I was able to give something back to the people who contribute to this worthy cause xx

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Beautiful Promenade

Its been ages since I last inked up Beautiful Promenade. For this design, I decided to watercolour the gorgeous intricate die cut from the Beautiful Layers dies, with bermuda bay and crushed curry, and the brighter green tones you can see are where the two colours crossed over.

I wanted my flower to make an impact, and love how well the berry burst flower contrasts with the background yellows and blues.

My ‘Sending Love’ sentiment comes from the Well Said Bundle. I’m such a fan of die cut words and keep finding reasons to use these dies on all my projects! This bundle is such a great investment and with so many word and phrase combinations, the possibilities are endless.

Though this design is a bit different, it’s definitely growing on me and I like how all the colour on the card is contained within that die cut frame.  Next, to try different colour combos! xx

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A Bokeh Night in Bethlehem

I adore the Bokeh Technique, and I always do a bokeh card for Christmas.  There are many ways to achieve this beautiful background effect, but I tend to blend my background using sponge daubers and then apply the white circles using white craft ink through a circle stencil.  You can create your own stencil by die cutting various sized circles into a piece of window sheet.  Craft ink takes a while to dry though, so there’s no rushing this technique!

I decided to use A Night in Bethlehem for this card as I thought the die cuts from our new black foil sheets would work perfectly against the background.  The black foil perfectly combats the difficulty of stamping a crisp black image onto white ink.

I love the finished look of this card, and will be trying my hand at more bokeh cards in the coming weeks.  It certainly creates a WOW at Christmas time!

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