Winter Branches

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Thank you for stopping by, I have been away from my blog for some time due to personal family things as well as Covid outbreak in our home. I am back today with a card made from the Winter Branches stamp set from Gina K. Designs’ brand new release that goes live tonight at 7:00pm CST! Join Gina during her live presentation on her YouTube channel or Facebook page. If you miss the live, you can always watch the replay on her YouTube channel. It’s fun to see all of the products close up, hearing from the illustrators, and Gina also makes a fun card at the end with one of the new sets. The new items can also be found HERE, including a brand new kit! The set I will be using is filled with many sentiments and greetings created with a beautiful font as well as several winter branch pieces that can also be used all year round. All of the stamps, dies, inks and cardstock I use are from Gina K. Designs. Let’s get started!!

I will be doing all of my work today on my Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat.

To start, I use the stitched rectangle from the Master Layouts 5 Die Set and cut out of Ivory Cardstock, running them through my Big Shot Die Cut Machine. Next, I place the panel into my MISTI Stamp Positioner and prep it using my Anti Static Powder Bag. I then choose an image from the Winter Branches Stamp Set and center it over the top portion of my panel. Using Versamark Ink I stamp the image onto my panel, add Gold Embossing Powder and heat set with my Heat Tool.

Leaving the stamp still attached to the door of my MISTI, I rotate the panel and stamp the image again using Versamark Ink, add Gold Embossing Powder and heat set with my Heat Tool. I now have my image stamped evenly on both ends of the panel.

Next, to fill in the open berries of the design I place the coordinating dots stamp from the Winter Branches Stamp Set over my embossed image. I then ink up the stamp with Plum Punch Ink and stamp it two times over the previous image and this fills in the berries. I again rotate the panel and repeat my stamping.

To add a subtle design and texture to my panel, I place it onto my Make Art-station and lay the Harvest Flourish Stencil over the top then secure in place with the magnets. Using my Blending Brush I softly blend Soft Stone Ink over the stencil, fading it out towards the embossed design on both ends.

I now take the scallop die from the Master Layouts 4 Die Set and cut out of Plum Punch Cardstock, running them through my Big Shot. Using Liquid Glue I adhere the two panels together.

To create my sentiment and give it the same stitched edges, I cut a 1 1/4″ strip out of Plum Punch Cardstock using my Guillotine Paper Trimmer. I then take the same stitched rectangle die from the Master Layouts 5 Die Set and run them through my Big Shot. *To be sure the cardstock is cut straight I line up it up towards the top portion of the die so there is even spacing between the die and cardstock then use tape to hold it into place. Next, I cut a 1 1/8″ strip out of Vellum, and repeat the same process, I line it up with the edge of the die then run them through my Big Shot.

Next, I place my Vellum strip into my MISTI and prep it with my Anti Static Powder Bag. I choose a sentiment from the Winter Branches Stamp Set and center it over my strip. I then ink up the stamp using Versamark Ink and stamp it onto the Vellum, add Gold Embossing Powder and heat set with my Heat Tool.

To adhere the strips together, I add a very fine line of Liquid Glue to the stitched edges on the back of the Vellum, center over the cardstock strip then press the ends to adhere down. I add Liquid Glue to the back of the cardstock strip then adhere it down onto my panel.

Next, I place a 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ piece of Ivory Cardstock into my Scor Buddy and score it at 4 1/4″ creating a side folding card base. I then add Foam Tape to the back of my panel and mount it onto the card base.

To finish, I add small drops of Liquid Glue to the five berries on the end of each branch. Using my Jewel Picker I add the smallest size Dew Drops over each drop of glue and gently press into place. I add a few Dew Drops to the sentiment using Liquid Glue and this completes my card.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card. Adding small details to a simple card can really step it up. I love using stencils to create soft blended backgrounds as it can be color coordinated to the overall look of the card. The Winter Branches stamp set that I used on today’s card is filled with so many different sentiments, something for almost any occasion!

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