Of course, I always fall in love with new stuff and find myself just having to own them. Ugh.
One of these coveted items in the new Annual Catalog is the Forever Fern bundle on page 110. The stamp set is simply lovely, as are the coordinating dies. If you purchase these two items as a bundle, you save 10% over buying them separately. So, as my treat for the new catalog, that's exactly what I did.
Using one of the fern-y dies from the set, I made the following card.
The main color I used in this card is Petal Pink. The magnolia Designer Series Paper strip I used in it has that color in it, as well as the black and white, so that ended up being my color scheme.
Initially, when I put the card together, I placed all the elements directly onto the Petal Pink card base. At that point, I realized that it certainly needed a whole lot of something. So, popped up with Dimensionals I added another layer of the cardstock that I embossed with the Subtle embossing folder (page 185). I then also added a few other elements to complete the card.
Following are the instructions on how to put together this fairly simple card.
Fold a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of Petal Pink cardstock in half, creasing it well with a bone folder.
Run a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Petal Pink cardstock through your embossing machine inside the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder. Using Stampin' Dimensionals, adhere this piece to the card base.
Adhere a 1 1/4" x 5 1/4" piece of Designer Series Paper towards the right edge of the embossed piece.
You will be doing this next step on a 3" x 3 1/4" piece of Whisper White cardstock. I used Petal Pink ink for this step, but you can use any colored ink that will coordinate with your color scheme. Old Olive would work well with the DSP I have used if you don't have Petal Pink ink.
Anyway, take the Clear Block D and ink it up with the ink pad, completely covering the block. Spritz it lightly with droplets of water. Carefully, but quickly, tip it ink side down onto the center of the white cardstock. Let it sit momentarily, then lift it straight up from the paper. You can either let it dry naturally, or hit it with the heat tool to dry it more quickly.
From black cardstock, die cut the broader leaf fern and add it to the dried piece using small drops of glue.
Find a small stamp that says something you like and that fits in the lower left corner of this piece and stamp it in black.
From gold metallic cord, tie a bow, and add it to the stem of the fern with a Glue Dot.
Using Stampin' Dimensionals, add this finished piece into the lower right corner of the card.
PLEASE NOTE: I do not particularly like the placement on my card. Feel free to change it to your satisfaction.
Add three black rhinestones in the upper left corner. If you don't have any of the retired black rhinestones, simply color some of the Basic Rhinestones with a Dark Basic Black Stampin' Blend.