Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Summer Silhouettes

Yes, I know that it's November, and it's cold and snowy. Summer is a quickly fading memory for many of us. But that's not going to stop me from sharing two cards I made last weekend with the Stampin' Up!® set Summer Silhouettes. Or maybe that's the very reason I should share them. At any rate, a floral card is never really out of season as far as I'm concerned.

Supplies (all Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Summer Silhouettes
Card stock: Whisper White, Summer Starfruit, textured Rich Razzleberry
Ink: Summer Starfruit, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive
Accessories: Elegant Butterfly punch, rhinestones, Mini Glue Dots

Using Old Olive ink, I stamped several of the leaves, four short stems and two long stems on a 3-1/4" x 4-1/2" piece of Whisper White card stock. The flowers on the long stems are stamped in Rich Razzleberry directly on the Whisper White card stock. I stamped the other, smaller, flowers in Rich Razzleberry and Summer Starfruit on a separate sheet of white card stock and cut them out. That was the most time-consuming part of making this card, and even that wasn't too bad. (Plus I actually like "fussy cutting.") I attached the flowers to the Whisper White panel with Mini Glue Dots and then adhered the panel to the middle of a Summer Starfruit card base.

I added a 1/4" strip of textured Rich Razzleberry card stock along the bottom edge of the panel and a butterfly in the upper left corner. To add a little sparkle I placed rhinestones in the center of the Summer Starfruit flowers and along the middle of the butterfly.

I even "fancied up" the inside of the card just a bit by stamping a few leaves and flowers along the bottom of a layer of Whisper White card stock. I always like the finished look when I stamp the inside of a card to coordinate with the outside. But I don't do it very often because I'd rather spend time making the front of the card, which is what most people are going to see. Basically the same reason I rarely stamp matching envelopes.

Supplies (all Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Summer Silhouettes, All-Year Cheer II
Card stock: Lucky Limeade, Peach Parfait, Poppy Parade, Calypso Coral, Whisper White
Ink: Lucky Limeade, Peach Parfait, Poppy Parade, Calypso Coral
Accessories: 1/8" Lucky Limeade organdy ribbon, corner rounder, Jewelry Tag punch, Simply Scored tool, Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots

I think this image is my favorite one from the Summer Silhouettes set. It's so different from any other flower images I have (and I have a lot, so that's saying something!). I stamped the stem image in Lucky Limeade on three 1-1/2" x 3-1/4" pieces of Whisper White card stock and then stamped the flowers in three different colors: Peach Parfait, Poppy Parade and Calypso Coral. I trimmed the pieces with the peach and coral flowers down to about 1-1/4" x 3" and rounded the corners of all three pieces. I matted each piece with the coordinating color of card stock, leaving a wider border around the piece with the red flowers.

I wanted to add a little bit of texture to the card, so I scored five horizontal lines along the bottom of the card front. I added some ribbon and a stamped tag to the Poppy Parade flowers (the tag is attached with a Mini Glue Dot under the knot of the ribbon), attached that panel to the center of the card with Dimensionals and adhered the other two panels on either side.

Inside the card I rounded the corners of the Whisper White layer (to match the panels on the front) and stamped one flower in the corner. I think this card will go in my stash for Operation Write Home, so I wanted to leave as much blank space as possible for a hero to write his or her message to a loved one back home.

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