The theme for this week’s Global Design Project #255 includes the use of trees or leaves. Even though I’ve used Forever Fern quite a lot lately, I still chose it for this card.

Here’s my card:

Here’s the challenge banner:

I could’ve chosen to use one of the new autumn sets for this card, but I had a picture in my head, and it definitely called for Forever Fern.

Let’s Get Started

  • Picking out the plaid pattern for the bottom of the card needed to be the first thing I did. The colors Cajun Craze, Shaded Spruce, and Basic Gray in this pattern had a huge amount of potential! I trimmed the plaid DSP to 1-3/4 inches by 4-1/8 inches. While I had that DSP out, I trimmed a piece to 2-1/2 inches by 6 inches for the envelope flap.
  • Next, I decided the base of the card needed to pull out the Shaded Spruce in the plaid, I used it for the base. I trimmed it to 4-1/4 inches by 11 inches, scored at 5-1/2 inches to create a tent card.
  • The Whisper White layer followed my usual mat size of 4-1/8 inches by 5-3/8 inches. I stamped the splotches in Basic Gray three times before reinking. originally, I thought I’d stamp sporadically. However, I got carried away and stamped all over the white cardstock.
  • I decided I needed some sort of separation between the plaid and the white cardstock. Therefore, I used a piece of the Basic Gray DSP trimmed to 1/4 inch by 4-1/8 inches.
  • Additionally, I wanted something to tie all the leaves together. So, I cropped a piece of Smoky Slate using the largest circle from the Stitched Shapes die set. To create the ring, I used the closest fitting circle from the Layered Circles die set.
  • In order to give some height to the focal arrangment of leaves and stems, I cropped a piece of the same Basic Gray pattern using the largest spray of leaves in the die set.

Stamping and Assembling

  • I stamped two leaf sprays in each of the Cajun Craze and Shaded Spruce colors. Next, I stamped the center spray in Basic Gray. Even though I now had six leaf/stem sprays, I achieved the odd number balance with the Smoky Slate cardstock ring.
  • After cropping out the stamped images, I simply played around with different arrangements before adhering anything down. Once I found an arrangment I liked, I took a picture of it, which makes it so much easier to reconstruct the arrangment.
  • I used the multipurpose liquid glue to adhere all the pieces down, starting with the ring of cardstock and working my way forward.
  • Next, I stamped the greeting in Shaded Spruce and cropped it using the Stitched Rectangle die. I placed dimensionals on the back of the sentiment panel to give it some dimension.
  • At this point, I thought I had finished the card. However, it didn’t look finished because it felt unconnected. Ribbon would have been too much. Thankfully, I had some Cajun Craze baker’s twine left from last Thanksgiving. I made a bow using a technique I’d seen on a few of Mary Deatherage’s, with Stamps-n-Lingers, FaceBook lives and her videos. Can’t for the life of me remember what she called it. This is one of the first times I’ve created one of these bows with which I was happy. I attached the bow off-centered and right where the Basic Gray DSP meets the arrangment. Since the tails are long enough to fall over the sentiment, I had connected all the elements together.
  • After I adhered and trimmed the piece of the plaid DSP to the envelope flap, I’d finished this card/envelope set.

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