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Cactus Three Ways

April 9, 2019

I recently attended a fund raiser and one of the things I received when I attended was the Flowering Desert stamp set.  I have always admired this in the Occasions Catalogue but often wondered if I would use it very much.  Well today I got it out to have a play and decided to do a Simple, Casual and Avid Stamper card.  I began by using Whisper White Note Card.  I can’t tell you how wonderful these are as a starting point when you want to use a new stamp set.  I find that once I begin stamping, I start to think of all the different ways I can use the images.  So I began by stamping the large Cactus plant from the Flowering Desert stamp set using Old Olive ink.  I added the small leafy plant using Mossy Meadow ink.  The flowers are stamped in Cherry Cobbler ink and the greeting in Mossy Meadow ink.  I stamped the small leafy plant onto the front of the envelope.  Simple but sweet.

For the next card, I stepped it up just a little.  I stamped the large cactus image onto Whisper White card using Old Olive ink.  I added the small leafy plant using Mossy Meadow ink.  The flowers are again stamped in Cherry Cobbler and the greeting in Mossy Meadow ink. I added a little “desert like sand” below the images using one of the other cactus images and Crumb Cake ink.  The stamped panel is attached to Mossy Meadow card and then scored and folded Thick Whisper White card.

To decorate the inside of the card, I stamped the small cactus plant in Old Olive, the leafy plant in Mossy Meadow ink, the flower in Cherry Cobbler ink and the ground using Crumb Cake ink.  A little more detailed but still relatively simple.

For the last card, I added a couple more images, one stamped in Tranquil Tide and the small cactus again using Mossy Meadow in.  I wrapped the stamped Whisper White card with Braided Linen Trim and tied a knot. I attached the stamped panel to Mossy Meadow card and scored and folded Thick Whisper White card.  I also frayed out the ends of the Braided Linen Trim.

The inside is decorated with some of the smaller cactus type images using Old Olive, Mossy Meadow and Tranquil Tide ink, with the ground using Crumb Cake ink.

You can see that each card has additional features and images from the Flowering Desert stamp set.  Making more than one card at a time with a stamp set is a great way to get your creative juices flowing.  I’d love to hear how you go about creating when using a stamp set for the first time.

This was a fun stamp set to use and I have a few more ideas to share with you over the coming weeks.

Bye for now,

Kris

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