With one of the worst Midwest winters for decades almost behind us, I naturally gravitate to Stampin' Up!'s Summer Picnic paper and Tart and Tangy stamps with zeal. Just the sight of flowers and fruit help me recall a time when there wasn't dirty snow and gray skies day after day. It motivates me to picnic on the first 50 degree day (yes, we are crazy in Wisconsin and often can be found gleefully jumping in hotel swimming pools in 60 degree weather when we travel–ditto on wearing shorts when the locals feel compelled to wear sweaters and long underwear).
A Bashful Blue card base starts things off with Summer Picnic Designer Series Paper and Old Olive on top. Stampin' Up!'s markers were the perfect medium for coloring directly to the rubber of the fruit stamps, creating a 2 color image. I then punched out the fruit with a 1 3/8" square punch and sponged the edges in Real Red.
TIP: The Perfect Touch . . . . I had some Real Red buttons ready to accent a corner of the card but my heart began to beat when I discovered they could be divine cherries. I added a touch of green thread for a sewn look. Delicious.
I cut Old Olive squares for matting each (1 1/2" x 1 1/2") and attached them to a strip of red Summer Picnic paper. Beneath, I added Whisper White with a scalloped edge created by using my Corner Rounder Punch (here's how). TIP: Using a Real Red Marker, I added some dots for a little glam. I realize I went a tad nutty with the layers and added even another (Bashful Blue) to set off the scalloped border.
The sentiment in Old Olive ink comes from the So Many Scallops set, punched with a 1" Circle Punch from the So Sweet flower. TIP: Punches are a great way to "dissect" a stamped image or pop out part of an image or pattern from designer paper. I punched a half circle design from one of the Summer Picnic paper for the center and added a page pebble for some shine and dimension. I layered both on a 1 1/4" Circle of Bashful Blue. The base medallion was easily created using a Scallop Circle Punch (here's how) and Real Red card stock. It is attached using some dimensionals for a little pop.
To finish off, I used a Photo Corners Punch with Real Red card stock, layering the large and small on top of each other and securing with a Bashful Blue Brad. They were adhered to the card with dimensionals.
I'm feeling warmer already . . . Hugs and Pretties . . . .M
Layout Inspiration: Jen del Muro
Stamp Sets: Tart & Tangy (Occasions Mini, 111514), So Many Scallops (Retired, Sale-A-Bration)
Paper: Summer Picnic Designer Series Paper (Occasions Mini, 111355), Bashful Blue (105120), Old Olive (100702), Whisper White (100730), Real Red (102482)
Ink: Old Olive Ink Pad (107277) and Marker (100079), Real Red Ink Pad (193133) and Marker (100052)
Cool Tools: Photo Corners Punch (109042), Scallop Circle Punch (109043), 1 1/4" (104403), 1" (109046)and 1/2" (104390) Circle Punches, 1 3/8" Square Punch (103375), Corner Rounder Punch (109047), Sponges (101610)
The Perfect Touch: Real Red Buttons (Bold Brights, 103977), Bashful Blue Brad (Soft Subtles, 106954)), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430), Page Pebble (Joann.com), Green Thread