Back to my favourite set of Agapanthus stamps from Stampendous again but used with a green theme this time. I've had these cards in my UFO (unfinished objects box) for a few weeks but as it's my sister-in-law Liz's birthday on Monday I needed to finish them off. The other card is for a friend whose birthday is later in the year.
The patterned paper for this one came from the Citrus Papermania Colossal Paper Pack. It's an older pack which I've had for some time but it has some lovely bright zingy colours in it which are suitable for Spring/Summer themed projects. The dark green pearlescent card is from the Papeterie and embossed using the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder and the bright green card is one of my mistake buys but hopefully the other green tones are enough to quieten it down.
I used Stampin' up's Garden Green ink to stamp with and their Garden Green grosgrain ribbon as an embellishment. The sentiment is also from Stampin' up's Sincere Salutations stamp set and cut using an oval Nestabilities die. The butterfly embellishments are peel off stickers attached to acetate, cut out and then the wings are folded back to give them dimension. The acetate allows the wings to be flexible enough to lie flat in an envelope but spring up again once the card has been removed.
I used the Agapanthus Long stamp to decorate the inserts of the cards. On the left of the insert the complete stamp was used and on the right I masked off an area and used only the blooms to make a patterned border. The pattern isn't totally random as I angled the stamp in one direction and stamped at the top, the bottom and then as near to the middle as possible. I then turned the stamp and stamped in the spaces between. The tip of the top bloom was used to fill the spaces along the edge. Stamping off the edge of a background layer was a tip I picked up at the very first stamping class I attended.
I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges
Use It Tuesday Challenge 27 - Green ( Backing paper taken from an unused pack of 12"x12" Papermania Paper)
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