Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Branchin Out

Another card with my new catalog set, Branch Out. I also used a few sheets of the new Specialty paper, Parisian Breeze, which is a thick cardstock weight, double sided pattern paper with texture! It's so yummy! It features Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, and Kraft colors. Because it has so much texture on all the sheets, I used Naturals White card stock for my mat and Whisper White Textured card stock for my sentiment piece.

First, I stamped the tree image from Branch Out in Whisper White Craft ink onto Chocolate Chip card stock. I covered it with White Embossing Powder and heated it with my Heat Gun to melt the EP. This gave it a crisp white image on the dark card stock. (Because the cardstock is inclined to catch tiny extra bits of embossing powder and every stray fleck is so stark on the dark card stock, I always make a swipe with my Embossing Buddy pillow first. That removes the static and any fingerprints that the embossing powder wants to stick to beside the craft ink. The result is a nice crisp, fleck-free, embossed image.)

I layered the Chocolate Chip piece onto a mat of Naturals White and then punched the ribbon slots with the Horizontal Slot Punch. I stamped 'a note for you' sentiment from Sweet Little Sentiments, a level I Hostess Set, in Chocolate Chip ink onto Whisper White Textured cardstock and punched it out with the Word Window Punch. This is adhered to the main image and wrapped to the back. The remainder of the card front is three pieces of Parisian Breeze Specialty Paper layered on another piece of Chocolate Chip pattern paper from the same pack and all layered onto a narrow mat of Kraft cardstock. I threaded two pieces of ribbon, the White Grosgrain over the Chocolate Chip 5/8" Grosgrain, through the slots and wrapped them around the card front. The main image is mounted with Stampin' Dimensionals.

The Parisian Breeze paper is such a heavy weight paper that I used it for my card base as well. This piece is a more muted one with a Kraft pattern on one side and small Kraft flowers on the other side. The inside of the card has a piece of Naturals White card stock stamped those tiny butterflies from Branch Out in Baja Breeze ink.

Stamps: Branch Out, Sweet Little Sentiment
Ink: Whisper White Craft, Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze
Card Stock: Chocolate Chip, Naturals White, Whisper White Textured, Parisian Breeze Specialty
Accessories: White Embossing Powder, Horizontal Slot Punch, Word Window Punch, Chocolate Chip 5/8" Grosgrain, White Grosgrain, Stampin' Dimensionals


Sharon Bridwell said...

Absolutely stunning card Mary! I love it and by the way, I adore that paper as well. Just made a sympathy card with it tonight. Maybe it will get posted to the blog tomorrow. Thanks for sharing your wonderful work.

Kay Kalthoff said...

Pure gorgeousness!!

Jacquel said...

This is gorgeous! love your card and the dsp you used...tfs!!

Sara said...

Wow, I *need* this set!!! I have it on my order I am waiting to place until we get our taxes done. TFS!!! this card is just stunning!!!

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