Climbing Orchid – Three ways

The Climbing Orchid stamp set and matching Orchid Builder framelits are so beautiful and are currently available in a discounted bundle at 10% off in the current annual Stampin’ Up! catalogue. Whilst I was excited about using these stamps, I was also a little overwhelmed with the number of stamps in this set! You can achieve so many looks and can also keep layering the Orchid petals to create a real 3D effect.  

As you can see, I created three ‘stepped up’ cards with this stamp set and the possibilities are endless.  To create my orchids, I firstly clear heat embossed them on shimmery white cardstock.  I then painted over the heat embossed images so that the colours could blend together. I love the colour combination of berry burst, fresh fig and lemon lime twist.  The watercolour backgrounds offset the orchids beautifully, but I also love the simplicity of the floating orchids on crumb cake background.  With this set, anything goes but if you love orchids as much as I do, it’s a must!

Butterfly Basics

Continuing my Gran’s 90th birthday celebrations, here is the second of the three cards I created.  I decided to keep the style simple yet sophisticated so opted for a rich razzleberry, old olive and gold colour way.

I started by stamping my fern leaf image in old olive from the gorgeous butterfly basics stamp set.

I stamped the beautiful lacey butterfly on scrap white cardstock in rich razzleberry from the same set.  Then I die cut this out using the butterflies thinlits dies and the gold foil overlay using the bold butterflies framelits dies.  I attached the gold foil overlay with a dimensional and adhered the butterfly flat over the tip of the leaf.

I trimmed a 2″ piece of gold fabulous foil designer acetate and adhered it to the bottom of the card front to create a border and wrapped a piece of gold natural trim ribbon around the top of the acetate.

I stamped the banner from Banners For You and the sentiment from Thoughful Banners, and gold heat embossed both before die cutting it out using the Bunch of Banners framelits dies and attaching it to my card front with dimensionals.

Finally, I die cut the 90 from a gold foil sheet using the Large Numbers framelits dies and adhered these with dimensionals, and embellished with some metallic enamel hearts for a little glamour.

Mixed Drinks & Brushstrokes

It’s my lovely husband’s birthday today and he does like his beer! So I decided Mixed Drinks would be perfect for his card.  I began by inking the back of my Brushstrokes background stamp with delightful dijon, pumpkin pie, old olive and bermuda bay.  I achieved my main banner by die cutting my stamped cardstock using the Banners Framelits Dies.  I then die cut an accent banner from some gold fabulous foil designer acetate using the same framelits and stapled them both to my card front using my handheld stapler.

On a separate piece of whisper white cardstock, I stamped my mug of beer from Mixed Drinks.  I stamped the beer itself in delightful dijon before brushing the mug with clear wink of stella, fussy cutting this out and adhering it to the bottom of my banner with dimensionals.

 To complete my card, I stamped the sentiment from Happy Happenings using two separate stamps from this set – the Happy Birthday and the Handsome from Hello Handsome.  I stamped these in versamark and heat embossed them using gold embossing powder to match the acetate.  Finally, I attached my card front to a whisper white card base and finished with a gold metallic enamel heart.  Happy Birthday Benjy, love you lots ❤️❤️❤️