Welcome to InKing Royalty’s March Blog Hop! This year’s Blog Hop themes are inspired by a single word – and this month our projects are centered around GREEN. We are excited to share our creations with you today – there’s a wonderful variety of styles and occasions celebrated in this hop! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.
March = Irish = Green
It’s March, I’m Irish, so of course, the theme of green is perfect. My first thought was that it was time to break out the frogs from So Hoppy Together cling stamp set. After waiting for the corrdinating dies to arrive, they became unorderable. Therefore, I really needed to demonstrate one way they can be used without fussy cutting. This fun fold card really developed as I worked, and I enjoyed the process. After watching Jan B’s W fold tutorial video and tweaked the size so my final project is 4.25 ” by 5.5″. The learning curve on this turned out to be steep, but wouldn’t have been if I followed more of the directions on the tutorial.
Oh, So Many Greens
Here’s the front and back of my card:
I used the Light and Dark Granny Apple Green Stamping Blends to color all the frogs on this card. The dragonflies and cute little bugs were colored using Stamping Write Markers in Granny Apple Green and Shaded Spruce. All of these markers coordinate with the Tropical Escape DSP, from which all the patterns came that I used in this card. This DSP coordinate fabulously with the Frogs! I tried to use really fun patterns, especially since the frogs are nothing by fun!
The base of the card is Granny Apple Green, with a thin Basic Black mat under the DSP on both the front and back. I really felt that something else needed to be added to the front of the card, so I used 3 of the smallest black faceted dots. I used the Sale-a-Bration Granny Apple Green ribbon and the Dotted Tulle ribbon (LOVE!) layered and knotted on the front. The sentiment on the back of the card is from the Vibrant Vases stamp set from the Ocassions catalog.
The inside of this card was a product of love and patience. I could see what I the final card that wanted in my head, but it wasn’t easy. You know when you get ink where you didn’t want it and have adhesive seep out of the layers all adds up to walking away for a bit and coming back. That’s exactly what I did.
Here’s three different views of the inside:
Inside, I took a chance on the busy DSP, but since the frog panels are clean, I think it works.
Things I Learned:
I should have paid more attention to Jan B. when she explained about needing the ribbons to tie the card shut. Since I didn’t follow her directions, I had to put the ribbon between the Basic Black 1.5″ x 11″ strip and the DSP. Then I had to quickly move the ribbons’ positions to line up with the ribbon on the front. The sentiment on the front and the inside are both from So Hoppy stamp set, while the back sentiment is from Vibrant Vases in the Ocassions catalog, yet another wonderful stamp set!
It was very helpful to do all the cropping in the Big Shot as soon as I stamped the frogs, even before I colored them. I used the new Rectangle Stitched Framelits (in the Ocassions catalog) and my very well loved Stitched Shapes framelits.
When taking pictures of my card, I figured out that I need to practice using my iPad. The first set didn’t come out well at all, so I went back to what I know, using my iPhone.
Through the whole process, which took more than one night, I happily colored, relaxed, created, and enjoyed my time. Isn’t that part of the reason we do what we do?
Enjoy the Remainder of the Hop!
Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Candy Ford at Stamp Candy. You don’t want to miss all the inspiration found in this group!
Have a Peachy day!
- Brian King at Stamp with Brian
- Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
- Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
- Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
- Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
- Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
- Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
- Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
- Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
- Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
- Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
- Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery