July 31, 2021


Way at the back of the Annual Catalog, on page 171 as a matter of fact, is a stamp set that you may have overlooked for some reason. It is called Natural Textures and, as a hostess or someone who has spent $150 on an order, you can get this phenomenal set for only $13. 

As a demonstrator, I was able to preorder select sets, papers and accessories a month before the public was able to order from the catalog. One of the sets that we could preorder was this one. I snapped that baby up because the four stamps in the set are so versatile and all around wonderful!

The stamp that I used from this set is the basket weave image upon which the fussy cut flower is placed. Isn't it pur-ty??

Because the stamp looked so basket weave-y, I figured I absolutely needed to use the retired basket weave embossing folder to echo it on my background paper.

It's a fairly simple card to create with one exception. The ribbon. 

The overall color of the card is Merry Merlot. I'd wanted to use ribbon on the sentiment portion, but did not have any in Merry Merlot. So I made my own by running Very Vanilla satin ribbon through the ink pad. 

Normally, when using a lighter color, doing this is pretty much a snap. (It also works with Stampin' Blends). The problem I encountered with this particular color is the difficulty in getting the color to look even. I had to add several layers of ink to compensate for this. By the time the color was even, it was quite dark. Grrr. I used it anyway.

Just a little closeup:

Following is a tutorial on how to make a card like this one.

Very Vanilla cardstock
Merry Merlot cardstock

Quiet Meadow stamp set (page 110, Annual Catalog)
Free As A Bird stamp set (page 83, Annual Catalog)
Naturals Textures stamp set (page 171, Annual Catalog)

Merry Merlot ink

Die cutting/embossing machine
Basket Weave embossing folder (retired)
Flag dies
Very Vanilla Ribbon
Stampin' Dimensionals

Fold a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of Very Vanilla cardstock in half, creasing it well with a bone folder.

Cut a 2 3/4" x 2 1/4" piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. In the center of this, stamp the basket weave image in Merry Merlot ink. 

On a scrap of Very Vanilla cardstock, stamp, also in Merry Merlot ink, the flower image from the Quiet Meadow set. Fussy cut this flower, leaving a narrow Very Vanilla edge. Use Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere the flower to the center of the basket weave. Set this aside for now.

Because of the basket weave look in the image, run a 3 3/4" x 5" piece of Merry Merlot cardstock through the embossing machine inside the Basket Weave embossing folder. This is a nice echo.

Adhere the embossed piece centered onto the cream card base. Attach the flower piece flat against this, leaving even borders at the top and sides.

Cut a flag shape from Very Vanilla cardstock. In Merry Merlot ink, stamp your sentiment.

I do not have Merry Merlot ribbon, so I took a 6" strip of 1/4" Very Vanilla ribbon and colored it to match. 

I did this: I laid the ribbon flat against the ink pad, and, holding it down, pulled it through the ink. I did this on both sides until I got even coverage.

Once the dyed ribbon is dry, angle snip the ends and fold it in half, and tape it to the back of the sentiment label.

Use Stampin' Dimensionals to attach it to the lower portion of the card.