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Friday, February 22, 2013

A Garden Stamp a Favorite

I must admit that A Garden is one of my favorite go to stamps. Cindy, from the blog Paper Pads and Pictures, first introduced me to this stamp and since then I have used it to create various greeting cards, a milk carton, tags, and included it in a mini scrapbooking album.

The below is a standard 4 1/2" x 5" greeting card that was created using A Garden stamp (A1119), left over scraps from the Chantilly Paper Packet (X7163B), Chantilly Dimensional Elements (X7163C), Washi Tape (Z1817), Lagoon Ink Pad (Z2195), Black Ink Pad (Z2105),  Sweet Leaf Ink Pad (Z2153), and Honey Ink Markers (Z2415). The non-Close to My Heart products that I used was the Sizzix Cuttlebug embossing folder and machine.

Close to My Heart cardstock has a white core which means when you sand its white paper core is revealed. I cut the center mat from Honey cardstock at 4" x 4 1/4". Using the Cuttlebug machine I embossed the Honey cardstock found in the paper packet then sanded it down. Can you see how the embossed areas with the flowers and bird are more prominently visible now that it has been sanded?

If you do not have a Cuttlebug embossing folder or machine consider using Chantilly paperned paper featuring the flowers and birds.
Also found in the paper packet you will find the rest of your cardstock pieces. Cut two pieces of Lagoon cardstock measuring at 3" x 2" and 2 5/8" x 1 1/2". Also cut one Chantilly BT/Patterned Paper at 2 6/8" x 1 3/4" and one piece of Daisy White Cardstock measuring at 2 1/2" x 1 1/4".
Stamp the folliage onto the Daisy White cardstock using Sweet Leaf Ink Pad. followed by stamping the bird in Black Ink Pad, and the Hello sentiment in Lagoon Ink Pad. Fill in the bird with Honey marker.  Now adhere this stamped piece to the Lagoon cardstock.
Now adhere all parts into place; the patterned paper onto the second Lagoon cardstock, the embossed Honey cardstock to the center of the card, and both matted pieces on top of the embossed cardstock.  For the finishing touches place washi tape on the corners of the card and place the dimensional elements for embellishments.
If you like the stamped images this stamp is currently available for purchase for only $6.95 at

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