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Another Botanical Card with Leftovers

After making the first card with the Stitched Nested Labels die cuts, I ran into a wall. I found another image that would cover up the seam of the pieces, if connected as a complete shape, but the design just wasn’t “clicking” with me.

Letting it percolate in my head a bit, I saw a card on Mary Fish’s blog that showed a different label cut in half. Aha! This card was born.

Stamp: Bloom & Grow, Nature’s Poem

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Mossy Meadow

Blends: Calypso Coral combo, Old Olive combo, Soft Sea Foam light, Mint Macaron light, Mossy Meadow light, Highland Heather light, Daffodil Delight light

Paper: Terracotta Tile, Whisper White, 2019 In Color DSP stack

Accessories: Stitched Nested Labels dies, Budding Blooms dies, Brick & Mortar 3D embossing folder

Once I decided how the leftover die cuts were to be used, this card came together quickly. It helped that all of the flower elements were already on my desk. The large image was a leftover from prototyping a project in May. The little flowers and leaf sprays I used to sprinkle behind the main image were from an earlier attempt to use these particular die cuts. I like that this stamp set gives you three different big floral images, and a bunch of little ones to fill out those images or create your own. (Hmm, those little images are begging for wreath building…)

I added an embossed piece of Terracotta Tile cardstock in the middle of the card, even though the card is already built around a Terracotta Tile background. I thought the additional texture, but just in the middle, drew attention to the flowers. Plus, it makes the card look like a flower garden between two windows.

The sentiment pieces are from the Rooted in Nature stamp set. I stamped, then cut apart each piece.

NOTE: The font has some skinny sections. You have to be careful of the amount of ink on your stamp.

After the first try, I had to massage the ink of my pad to the side and try again. Otherwise, parts of the letters were bleeding out, making the sentiment harder to read. You have to wait for the ink to dry a bit, too. Sometimes the ink moves a bit after stamping, especially if you are using Whisper White. The coating of Whisper White gives you better stamping, but sometimes it makes ink move more than you want/expect.

Here’s a picture to show what I mean. The bottom shows how the stamp looks before massaging the ink pad. The top is stamped after massaging my ink pad. (Someone on Splitcoast joked that she would stamp better after a massage, too!) 🙂

Can you think of other ways to use the leftovers? I have more ideas I am working on…