Quiet Meadow Bundle in the Stampin’ Up! 2021/2022 Annual Catalogue consists of the Quiet Meadow Stamp Set and Meadow Dies.
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While we have a lot of “cultivated” florals adorning gardens everywhere here in South Australia, I love that some florals just come up anywhere and everywhere, by the roadside, in paddocks and fields. I call them “wildflowers”, however my husband often corrects me saying they are weeds and pests. It doesn’t really matter to me, they are still beautiful while they are in flower. So I am celebrating the humble wildflower/weed today.
Beginner, Casual and Avid Projects
With this hop, we have the option of focusing on projects for beginner, casual and avid crafters and I quite enjoy the challenge of exploring how a product can be adapted for any level of crafter. While I am using the Quiet Meadow Bundle for my projects, I am featuring the Specialty Cork Paper from the Jul-Dec 2021 Mini Catalogue (Page 55). This is such beautiful paper, it looks like cork but has the versatility of paper for cardmaking. So this blog post is really about how fabulous the cork paper is for all different levels of crafter.
A beginner crafter is someone who is new to stamping, and will be looking to create with minimal supplies and easy techniques. Today, I am assuming that my beginner crafter has a die cutting machine, seeing as I am featuring the Meadow dies! 🙂
A casual crafter is someone who thinks that this paper crafting lark is pretty good and is keen to move beyond the basic supplies, trying more intricate dies … and attempt some more challenging techniques and layering, maybe start including embellishments.
An avid crafter is feeling the passion, knows that getting into the craft room is an inexpensive form of therapy, and is accumulating lots of “things”. She is also not afraid use lots of different products on one card … and take that little bit extra time on one project.
Which one are you?
Simple use of Cork Paper for the beginner card …
These delicate little white flowers could be a multitude of wildflowers in our region of South Australia … Possible a Mint Flower, or even a native orchid. When I googled it, the closest thing I could find was “white wildflower” … lol … so maybe it is just a weed.
Cork Paper is stunning just cut into strips and panels as a feature .. super easy, maximum impact.
- Stamping …. I stamped the tall floral image from Quiet Meadow stamp set with Pear Pizzazz ink directly onto the Pear Pizzazz card front and coloured the flowers only with a Blender Pen and some Pear Pizzazz ink. I repeat stamped the text image partially down the right hand edge of the card, and then stamped the splatter image with Soft Succulent ink over the flowers. Some images are stamped off once and some are stamped off multiple times to create lighter images … so as not to overpower the delicate floral images.
- Cork Paper … I simply cut a strip of the Specialty Cork Paper and adhered it to the card front to create a division between flowers and text.
- Die cutting … The leafy image has been die cut from Soft Succulent card, and the flower from Basic White card … then I sponged Pear Pizzazz ink onto the die cut flower with a sponge dauber, leaving the flowers white (roughly). I adhered both to the cork strip.
- Sentiment … The word Love from the Quiet Meadow stamp set fits perfectly into the little tag die cut from Meadow Dies, stamped with Soft Succulent ink.
- Embellishments … I have tied a double length of Baker’s Twine through the hole in the tag and tied into a bow, adhered to the card front with a Stampin’ Dimensionals. And the adhesive bling is the Soft Succulent colour from the 2-21-2023 In Color Jewels.
Embossing and die-cutting the Cork Paper for the Casual Project …
I believe this die is a Cornflower, but I am not sure we have Cornflowers here in South Australia (correct me if I am wrong), We do have native thistles and they are a very similar shape, a tight bulby bit from the stem and then a fluffy head coming out from that. They are a purply blue colour, so this is my take on the native thistle.
Same stamps, same techniques, but this time I have used the Cork Paper for diecutting and for heat embossing, both of which work well with this versatile paper.
- Stamping …. I stamped the text image from Quiet Meadow with Pear Pizzazz ink directly onto the Pear Pizzazz card front, stamping off multiple times to create softer images. The splatter image is stamped with Soft Succulent ink diagonally down the page, again some images are stamped off multiple times and some just once to give variation in tone.
- Cork Paper … This time I die cut three of the long straight leaf die from Meadow Dies from the Cork Paper. And I also heat embossed the sentiment onto Cork Paper with White Embossing Powder. You do have to take care not to overheat and the Cork Paper does tend to curl a little bit, so I adhered it to a scrap piece of Crumb Cake card before die cutting. Put glue (either Multi-purpose Liquid Glue or Stampin’ Seal) all over the back of the cork paper so the edges of Cork Paper don’t lift.
- Die cutting … The leafy image has been die cut from Pear Pizzazz card and I sponged some Soft Succulent ink onto the stems and a little way into the leaves with a sponge dauber. The two flowers have been die cut from Basic White cardstock and then the colour has been sponged onto them with sponge daubers. Soft Succulent for the stems and then Balmy Blue and Highland Heather for the flowers.
- Putting it all together … I have adhere the die cut leaves and flowers into a little bunch on the card front using small touches of Multipurpose Liquid Glue.
- Embellishments … I have tied a double length of Linen Thread into a bow and adhered to look as if the twine is tied around the bouquet of wildflowers. The adhesive bling is the Soft Succulent colour from the 2021-2023 In Color Jewels.
All over embossing and more die-cutting the Cork Paper for the Avid Project …
Now these yellow flowers could be Canola (the Canola fields look absolutely stunning in full bloom), but it could also be Mustard Flower or Soursop (both of which are weeds). Doesn’t make them any less pretty though.
This card is in true avid style, with a little bit of everything. The word “thanks” has been die cut from the Cork Paper and given a glossy shine by clear heat embossing. Stunning!
- Stamping …. The only stamping on this card is the splatter image, stamped with Pear Pizzazz diagonally down the Pear Pizzazz folded card. I also stamped the “You’re too kind” sentiment directly to the card front with Soft Succulent ink.
- Cork Paper … Lots of Cork elements, with the same long straight leaves being die cut from Cork paper and one of the largest tags from the Tailor Made Tags Die Set also cut from Cork Paper. Then I used the Word Wishes Dies to create the word “thanks”. I used the die which says “thanksgiving” and only used the thanks portion. Before diecutting, I glued the Cork Paper to a scrap of Crumb Cake cardstock, ensuring I put glue all over the back of Cork Paper. This gave the Cork Paper some rigidity, not only for die cutting, but also for the embossing process.
- Die cutting … The leafy image has been die cut twice from Pear Pizzazz card and I sponged some Soft Succulent ink onto the stems and a little way into the leaves with a sponge dauber. The floral die has been die cut from Basic White cardstock and then the colour has been sponged on with sponge daubers. Pear Pizzazz for the stems and Bumblebee for the flowers.
I also die cut the same tag as the Cork Paper from Soft Succulent cardstock.
- Heat embossing … I applied Versamark to the die cut Cork word and then sprinkled with Clear Embossing Powder, tipped off the excess and heated the powder until it melted. I repeated this process again to create an enamel look for the word, particularly stunning over the Cork Paper.
- Putting it all together … The strip of patterned paper is from the Harvest Meadow Designer Series Paper and is glued directly onto card front. The two tags have been adhered together and tied with White Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon (which I coloured up with Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blend).
I adhered the tags to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals and adhered the die cut foliage and flowers in a little bouquet onto the tags. The word Thanks has been adhered onto the tag with Liquid Glue.
- Embellishments … I have tied Linen Thread into a bow and adhered to the flower stems with a Glue Dot to make it look as if the twine is tied around the bouquet of wildflowers. The adhesive bling is the Soft Succulent colour from the 2021-2023 In Color Jewels.
The Stamping Sunday Design Team…
I am really looking forward to seeing how the other team members are showcasing the Changing Seasons today. I am somewhat daunted being sandwiched between Tami Hewlett (amazing paper artist and Artisan Design Team Member) and Mikaela Titheridge (another amazing creative and former Artisan Design Team Member).
Here is a list of all the blog hop participants….
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