Well, almost black and white. I enjoy making one element pop and the bird from the Branch Out set received a teeny dose of Real Red.
I wanted to share a few "sleeper" Stampin' Up! products today. First is the Oval Scallop Frame Bigz Die. Using a Big Shot, I zipped it through with Whisper White to create the oval playing field for my tree. Using Stampin' Up!'s On Board Chipboard (comes in 5 3/4" x 13 3/4" sheets–works with any Bigz or Originals Dies), I zipped it through again to create a 3-D frame. The third time through, I used the new Taste of Textiles Black Linen Paper, rich, rich, rich. It layered perfectly over the chipboard frame. Slick. Here's another example using the On Board Chipboard (sheets) and the Top Note Die.
The Branch Out tree looks amazing layered in different greens. However, I opted to try it using using Basic Black, Basic Gray and Whisper White from the Kwerner Color Inspiration #45. I deviated only slightly with a touch of Going Gray and the bit of Real Red.
The tree was stamped in Jet Black Stazon. TIP: Basic Black would be fine, too. I personally like the coverage of the Black Stazon. Basic Gray and Going Gray leaves were stamped over the branches. The Real Red bird was stamped on Whisper White, snipped out and perched on the tree.
The birthday sentiment is from Wow Flowers. It was inked in Basic Gray and stamped on Going Gray. The Word Window Punch and a strip of Stampin' Dimensionals completed the look.
The pretty Basic Gray patterned paper for the card base and envelope is from the Patterns Pack Designer Series Paper II (Hostess Level 1). I cropped the corners with a Ticket Corner Punch, layered it on Whisper White and added a Silver Brad in each corner. The Basic Gray card base is 4.25 x 5.5 and scored on the side.
TIP: Give your cards added polish by adding coordinating designer paper to the envelope flap. Add the adhesive directly to the outside of the flap so you can be sure to cover to the very edges, flip it over and cut away the excess.
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Stamp Sets: Branch Out (113200), Wow Flowers (111714)
Paper: Taste of Textiles Black Linen (113991), Whisper White (100730), Basic Gray (108692), Going Gray (108588), Patterns Pack Designer Series Paper II (114325, Basic Gray, Hostess Level 1)
Ink: Jet Black Stazon (101406), Basic Gray (109121), Going Gray (102521)
Cool Tools: Big Shot Die-Cut Machine (113439), Oval Scallop Bigz Frame (114521), Word Window Punch (105090), Ticket Corner Punch (107214)
The Perfect Touch: On-Board Chipboard (114320), Silver Brads (104336), Medium White Envelope (107301), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)