A year ago, I hung a different heart from this branch, so you could say, I’m “casing” myself.
Snowy Day Warmth
If you’re curious, this is last year’s card:
Sunshine Wishes Heart Sympathy Card
Claire’s challenge for this week is a “Snowy Day,” while keeping it clean and simple.
I was captivated by the wintry scene in the photo, and decided to use the colors of gray, white and brown. Smoky Slate cardstock would be the card base, topped with Smoky Slate DSP from the Neutrals 6X6 collection for my “open space.” The second to largest Rectangles Stitched die was used for cutting my snowy background.
I cut my branch with a Seasonal Layers die from Wood Textures DSP, adding a second layer for thickness, and a third layer of Whisper White cardstock for the snow you see piling up on it.
The heart was cut with a Be Mine Stitched die from Sparkle Glimmer Paper, which I hung through the branch before gluing both to the background. And, the heart really shines, just like the sun coming through the trees in the photo.
Maybe I was seeing the red “Paper Players” above the photo, but I decided my project needed a red bird. I used Real Red cardstock to cut the bird from a Botanical Tags die, and she flew to her spot on the branch.
The sentiment, “your friendship warms my heart,” is from the recently retired, Spirited Snowmen stamp set, and cut with a die from Bunch of Banners. I stamped the sentiment in Soft Suede ink to match the branch.
I decorated the envelope flap with a striped piece of DSP from the same Neutrals 6X6 collection.
There you have it, clean and simple! I’m looking forward to seeing your snowy day projects in our Paper Players gallery. Thanks so much for paying me a visit. I hope this warms your heart!
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The Paper Players Design Team
I’m always on the watch for items that will make a masculine card. You wouldn’t think that the Wonderful Floral die set would provide a woodcarving that would appeal to a man. But, here it is:
The challenge at CAS(E) this sketch was my inspiration for this “clean and simple” card.
The minute I saw the vine growing the length of the sketch, I thought of the new, Occasions, Wonderful Floral die, and knew I had to use it.
Wanting to keep things “clean and simple,” I decided to use Wood Textures Designer Series Paper on a Whisper White card base. Wood lends itself to a masculine design, and what man wouldn’t like this woodcarving? I layered it for thickness, and “authenticity.”
I used three more dies from the Wonderful Floral set: the wooden leaves, the plaque that says “Just for You,” and the sprig of bling.
The leaves were cut from the same Wood Textures DSP, and the sprig is cut from the Sale-A-Bration Grapefruit Grove Foil. A little bit of this foil goes a long way, and makes a nice highlight.
The plaque is cut from Thick Whisper White cardstock, stamped in Soft Suede ink with a sentiment from the Meant To Be stamp set.
Before gluing everything in place, I used the Subtle Textured embossing folder on the Thick Whisper White panel.
Thanks for checking out my masculine card made with “feminine” dies. Keep scrolling to see my supply list, and have fun shopping!
Today’s card came together quickly. I love it when that happens!
My inspiration was from the sketch at TGIF.
I began with a Thick Whisper White card base, a “when-in-doubt-go-to” choice. There was some experimentation, though, by embossing the entire, folded card base with the Subtle Textured embossing folder. It turned out nicely with front, back, and inside texture.
Then, using the Rectangle Stitched dies, I cut a rectangle from Pear Pizzazz cardstock, and a slightly smaller rectangle from dotted, Botanical Butterfly DSP. I tied our Occasions Old Olive Linen Thread around the bottom, according to the TGIF sketch, and glued these layers to the card base.
My leafy circle was cut from the beautiful, Floral Romance DSP with a Layering Circle die. It was layered for thickness, and placed on dimensionals.
Isn’t my butterfly pretty? It was cut with the Butterfly Duet Punch from Botanical Butterfly DSP that is black and white. I colored the butterfly with two Stampin’ Blends: Light Granny Apple Green and Daffodil Delight. The shadowing is there, so it’s very easy to color. The butterfly was happy to be popped on dimensionals on the leafy, green circle.
Last but not least, the sentiment. The smallest Rectangle Stitched die was the perfect size for the sketch, and the sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings fit the space and mood of the card. I like having sympathy cards on hand when needed, rather than making them at a sad time.
I appreciate you taking the time to visit my blog. Thank you! May you have a wonderful day!