Tuesday, August 23, 2016

More Spring Woods cards

I've had so much fun playing along with Anna's CASometry Challenge 2. Make 5.
where she challenged us to choose one stamp set and make five cards using it.
I have the habit of pulling out a stamp set, making one card using it
and started on another card with another stamp set.
This challenge encouraged me to make several cards at once
while I had my stamp set out.
(It also helped keep this stamp set at the forefront of my mind
when choosing which set I wanted to use!)

Anyway, as I was stamping a card for the final stage of the challenge, 
I decided to make four cards using it.
Because I've struggled a little with coming up with fresh 
colour combos in which to stamp the birds, 
I took my inspiration from three of the April Release Inspiration Cards

(By the way, I was thinking that I was on the ball with making
my final card for the challenge ahead of time, but I didn't realize 
that the Final Stage of Anna's Challenge had a secret aspect.
So that's why I'm sharing these cards now.)

So, what I did was diecut several branches and birds (a few of each type)
and then stamped them using my MISTI, which allowed the process
to go faster, as once I had it set up on my MISTI, I could stamp several birds
in different colours at once.

For my first card, I used this colour combo:


Here's my card:

I stamped the branches in classic kraft for each of my cards.
I stamped the blooms in mint julep and the leaves in green parakeet.
The birds were stamped in aqua mist, mint julep and Altenew's Caribbean Blue,
which I substituted for Winter Wisteria.

I stamped the sentiment (from PTI's Walk By Faith) in Caribbean Blue.
For the border, I ran a piece of Mint Julep cardstock through my 
diecutting machine with my woodgrain impression plate.

Next, I used this colour combo:


I used all of the colours, but substituted Altenew's Persian Blue for Amethyst Allure.

I diecut my sweet blush cardstock using my Mama Elephant Femme Frame dies.

I stamped the sentiment (from Winter Woods) in Versafine Onyx Black.

And lastly, I chose this colour combo:


I decided to make two cards with the elements I stamped
with this colour combo, again substituting the Persian Blue for 
Amethyst Allure and Altenew's Sapphire for Royal Velvet.

On this one, I ran a piece of ripe avocado cardstock through my diecutting machine
using my Winter Woods cover plate, but didn't love how it turned out. 
Rather than take a new piece of cardstock, I just ran it through again
using my woodgrain impression plate. 
I ended up with a piece of cardstock that had a cool texture!  

The sentiment is from Spring Woods, which I stamped in Sapphire.

And here, I used a piece a Basic Grey patterned paper along the side.

Thanks for looking!


Aileen said...

Wonderful collection of bird cards and what a clever idea setting yourself the challenge to do more using the stamps from one set.

merryf said...

Every one of these is beautiful! What a great idea to use the Misti to stamp the birds and boughs.

Karen B. said...

Wow! You just sold me on this set! Beautiful. I hope you and Sage will enjoy picking out more MFT goodies to play with from your Camp Create win!

Megan Carroll said...

So pretty Leigh! Love all the different color combos!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Oh wow, pretty things Leigh!!!!

*Vicki* said...

These birds are just gorgeous!! I love all of your pretty designs here Leigh!! :) Have fun shopping for MFT goodies!! Yay! HUGS

Kay Miller said...

Oh Leigh these are all so pretty! Your color combinations are gorgeous! I love this set and you have done amazing things with it!!

Luanne said...

These are all just gorgeous! The layouts are awesome and your color choices are fabulous. Great cards!

Diane Jaquay said...

These are all so beautiful, Leigh, I really love those birds!

Celeste Goff said...

What a beautiful set of cards Leigh! I love them all!

Lisa Elton said...

They're all so pretty Leigh! You've done a wonderful job with this set!!

Greta said...

They're all beautiful, Leigh, but the first one is my favorite! Love the design & soft color combo!

Audrey Pettit said...

Wow, these are all SO beautiful, Leigh! I really love this bird set! So classy and elegant and fun, all rolled into one. And you use it so well! LOVE the color combos you used, SO much! Each one looks amazing!

Patti said...

Beautiful series Leigh!! I have seen so many many wonderful ways to use this set and now you've added to the inspiration!


Craftelier said...

Tweety tweet those birds are for me!

Susi said...

Gorgeous cards, and great inspiration to get this stamp set out and use it again! TFS