The April Greetings to Go Guest Artist is club member, Donna Nuce (aka: The Crafty Colonel).
I would like to thank Club Scrap for creating this beautiful collection! I enjoyed the opportunity to inspire you with some different ideas with the Cherry Blossoms Greetings to Go kit.
SET A: 4.5 x 6.25 CHERRY CARDS
Tricia gave us quite a challenge with these cards!
Die cut branch and embellish with cherry blossoms trimmed from the cutaparts for the inside. Mat the rectangle cutaparts onto black panels. Stamp inside with floral branch (Jumbo UM) embossed with silver EP. Stamp sentiment (Greetings UM) onto purple panel, and heat emboss with silver EP.
Wrap wide pink ribbon around the card under the cutapart panels on front of card. Stamp "Happy Anniversary" (Greeting UM) and emboss with silver EP. Stamp umbrellas (Art Nouveau UM) emboss with silver EP. Print umbrella images from the digital kit, trim, and add to inside.
Stamp birthday sentiment (Greetings UM) and emboss with silver EP. Decorate the inside with lanterns printed from the digital kit. Stamp lanterns and emboss with silver EP. Add a lantern strip from the Embellishment cutaparts. (I love how festive this looks on the inside!)
I wanted to do more with the cherry blossom branch stamp so I opted to do a no-line watercolor on this card. Use Distress Ink sealed with Distress glaze to protect the finish. Stamp "lucky" sentiment with Plum Archival ink. I love this sentiment but the Haiku from the Art Nouveau UM would also have looked great.
SET B: 4.25 x 5.5" PURPLE CARDS
The silver paper is so beautiful embossed with an Asian style embossing folder! Use the pink sparkle ribbon behind the image and add a bow. (There’s some Wink of Stella on the flower and Gumdrop Stickles on the stamens.)
Another Asian style embossing folder on the silver paper. Wrap purple ribbon around the card front and tie in a bow. Apply Gumdrop Stickles on the flower stamens.
The sentiment is from the Embellishment cutaparts. Print the kimono from the digital kit, trim and mount it over the ribbon and the kimono cutapart image. Emboss silver paper with a different Asian style embossing folder. The cherry blossom seal is from the Greetings UM. Black ribbon from the Embellishment Pack.
Sorry, I couldn’t resist when I saw this sentiment! To make the fan, cut a circle from silver paper, run through an embossing folder, and fold it into a fan shape. Add a small bit of silver ribbon. Punch a flower from the lavender circles on the cutaparts, shape them and add a sparkly sequin. The cherry blossom background is a journaling card from the cutaparts. Add Stickles to the stamens.
SET C: 3.5 x 4.75" PINK CARDS
Trim the oval with a bit of white edge showing. Use a craft knife to trim around the large blossom, and add dimensional adhesive to pop it off the card base. Add three sequins from the Embellishment Pack. On the inside, stamp the small cherry blossom from the greetings stamp in silver, and color it in with a white pencil. Apply Gumdrop Stickles to the center.
Trim the oval cutapart with a bit of white edge showing. The pink sparkle ribbon and bow covers the center of the card face for a sparkling effect. Inside, stamp the cherry blossom branch from the Jumbo UM in Versamark ink and heat emboss with silver EP.
Trim the oval cutapart close to the edge, and tie the pink sparkle ribbon around it before matting with black and burgundy panels. Ink edges with Distress Dusty Concord. Use Frosted Berry Liquid Pearls for the flower centers and Wink of Stella over the flowers. Inside, use a purple pen to outline the sentiment and add four dots of Frosted Berry Liquid Pearls to the corners.
Trim the circle cutapart close to the edge. Mat with purple and burgundy panels. Create a bow with the ombre purple ribbon, and top with a white flower and pink brad. Add Gumdrop Stickles to the top of the brad. Mat cutapart sentiment inside with purple. Stamp and heat emboss the bird (Jumbo UM) with silver EP. Punch a five petal flower from the lavender circles on the cutparts, shape them and top with more Gumdrop Stickles.
To see more of Donna's work, you can visit her blog at www.craftycolonel.blogspot.com.