I don't talk about it much, but every now and then I'll struggle with a stamp set or a card, and when I struggle, I reeeeeally struggle! Sometimes I'll take a break and come back around to it. . . or not. On the really bad days, I'll proclaim myself the world's worst cardmaker (EVER!) and throw a self-loathing, peanut M&M eating, pity party for one. This new Birch Frame stamp set by Whimsy Stamps was one of those stamp sets that challenged me. It's a beautiful stamp set, but not particularly "my style." I'm not even showing you the first two cards I created using this set that I promptly declared "disastrously hideous" (which is like a bajillion times more hideous than hideous) and threw in the rubbish. BTW, "rubbish" sounds way better than "trash" or "garbage." So, no worries, these two cards actually went to a happy place! ; )
This time, instead of that M & M eating, self -loathing pity party for one, and before I threw in the proverbial towel, I decided to try this stamp set one more time with a more optimistic outlook and was able to create a card that is actually quite pretty. I'm not saying it didn't take me 4-plus hours, but it's also not "disastrously hideous," so that's a craft win in my book!
*A full supply list is located at the end of this post.
The base of this A2 sized card is made from Neenah Solar White Smooth cardstock. I stamped the Birch Frame on a piece of white carsdtock and colored it using Copic markers. I then fussy cut the entire frame out. I stamped the sentiment from the Beaucoup Bouquet stamp set in Merry Merlot ink. On a 4 1/4" x 3" piece of Crumb Cake cardstock, I stamped the Leaves background stamp in Versamark ink. I heat embossed the leaves in white embossing powder. I matted this leaf embossed piece onto a piece of Merry Merlot cardstock before adhering both layers to the bottom of the card. I then adhered the Birch Frame to the center of the card popped up on 3M foam adhesive for added dimension.
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