Friday, February 19, 2016

Botanicals for As You See It Challenges

Back hundreds of years ago, when I was first setting out on my own, a "new" craze was starting - decorating with tropical plants! And I fully embraced this new trend, filling my living space with dracaenas, philodendrons, ferns, and ivies. There was a learning curve involved, especially on some of the ferns and ivies, but I loved the look and I loved nurturing those plants, and I loved making macrame hangers for them! The Botanical Gardens suite reminds me of those years and I needed an idea for the latest As You See It Challenge:

With that diagonal line, the vine framelit from the Botanical Builder Framelits would be the perfect choice, and the leaves and flowers would be the perfect embellishments.

In keeping with the tropical theme, I wanted my leaves to be shiny and waxy looking so I embossed them all with Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder like I did on this project that I cased for the weekend retreat that I just held:

I found that project on Pinterest, created by Kelly Acheson, and I didn't change a whole lot because I loved it so much! So did my customers, although there was a whole lot of die cutting and embossing going on! (You should see my cutting plate that I used with the Precision Plate!)

  • The background DSP is from the Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper, which coordinates with this suite of products. I love the designs and textures of all of them.
  • The awesome wooden sentiment is from the Expressions Natural Elements, and seems like just the thing to add to this jungle card.
  • The flowers, cut from Cajun Craze and Hello Honey cardstock, are sponged in the center with Cajun Craze ink. 
  • The big job was die cutting and embossing all the leaves. Made from Mossy Meadow or Old Olive cardstock, each leaf was pressed into a Versamark pad, ensuring that there was even coverage, dipped into the Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder and heated with the Heat Tool (using long tweezers to hold the leaf). This process was repeated for even coverage.
  • Glue Dots will be your best friends for this project!
Thanks for popping by today, and make sure you visit As You See It Challenges this week and take part in this great sketch challenge.

Click on the links below to take you to my On-Line Store, where you can read about, look at, and purchase if you wish, the products used to make this card today.

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