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Wednesday, 29 September 2021

AWHT Colour Creations #18 Garden Green

Garden Green with Poinsettias and Hand Penned Petals

Hello. Welcome to Valley Inspirations with Andrea and the Art with Heart 2021-2022 Colour Creations Blog Hop.

This week’s Blog Hop is focussing on a strong and rich green called Garden Green. Garden Green is part of the Regals Colour Family and is a wonderful colour for a range of leaves, grasses & the like.  This week's project was inspired by a wreath I created for the recent Heart of Christmas Blog Hop that went live a couple of days ago. Also, an amazing crafter, Emma Goddard inspired the use of the fancy fold. Emma demonstrated this particular fold at last Friday's Card and a Cuppa session.

Garden Green is produced in Stampin' Up!'s card-stock, both A4 & 12"x12"Classic Stampin' inks (ink pads re-inkers); Stampin' Write Markers; Watercolor Pencils; the Regals & Painted Christmas, Hand-penned and Bloom Where You Are Planted Designer Series Papers; and the Hand-penned Memories & More Card pack. The cards below have used a mix of Garden Green card-stock and Classic Stampin' ink, Painted Christmas and Hand-penned DSPs together with a range of other bits and pieces.

These Double Diamond Fancy Folds are fun to create and actually quite addictive - hence my 2 cards for this Blog Hop. 

As I was creating the Poinsettia Wreath for my last Heart of Christmas blog post I was also thinking of the fold that I saw a couple of days prior. As the wreath used Garden Green card-stock to die cut pine fronds, I pondered how I could create a card using the same Garden Green pine fronds. With a large poinsettia and 2 minis left over from the wreath, the Double Diamond Poinsettia card became a reality.

As I already had the Real Red and Cherry Cobbler card-stock poinsettias left over from my previous project, I started by cutting pine fronds from Garden Green card-stock using one of the pine dies from the Pinecone dies set. Some leaves and bud stems were die cut out of Silver foil from the Silver Foil Speciality Pack.

The card base was made from half an A4 sheet of Garden Green card-stock. One of the designs from the Painted Christmas DSP was cut into small squares and mounted onto Basic White card-stock for each of the outer squares. The larger inner square was cut from Basic White card-stock and mounted on a slightly larger piece of Garden Green card-stock. This was adhered to the card base on the lower triangular half of this piece.

Shimmery White Embossing paste was added to the tips of the pine fronds and tips of the poinsettia flowers. All the die cut pieces were arranged and adhered with a mix of Dimensionals and Multipurpose Liquid Glue on to the central focal panel and the 2 front smaller DSP diamonds. Here is a closer look from both sides. 

The "Happy Christmas" sentiment was stamped in Merry Merlot ink on Basic White card-stock. This sentiment was trimmed from a larger sentiment from the Words of Cheer stamp set. (I need to tidy up my work station as products are still out from previous projects, however it was useful to have stamps, etc that could be easily grabbed for this project.)

Some Basic White card-stock was added underneath the card for a place to write a personal message. The full sentiment from the Words of Cheer stamp set was stamped in Merry Merlot. As you can see from the photo below the card is simply folded from the half sheet of card-stock and no glue holds the fold together - it holds itself once folded and standing up.

Project 2: The second card features the same fancy fold and a different DSP, which includes Garden Green as one of the colours, that is the Hand-penned DSP. I really love this DSP design - well, actually I adore the whole suite. I love the colour combinations and the sketchy water-colour effect.

The Basic White card-base was scored and folded and 4 x DSP squares were cut from one of the Hand-penned DSP designs. The DSP pieces were mounted on larger Garden Green pieces and then adhered to the outer diamonds of the folded card.

The larger focal square was cut from Basic White card-stock and mounted onto Garden Green. Before the white piece was mounted, it was dry embossed using the Hello embossing folder from the Thanks & Hello Embossing Folder set. A Blending Brush and some Soft Sea Foam ink was lightly blended over the embossed panel.

Floral stamps and a sentiment from the Hand-penned Petals stamp set were stamped in Momento ink onto Basic White card-stock. The flowers were stamped with the coordinating stamps from the stamp set using colours to match the DSP, ie Pale Papaya and Misty Moonlight. The leaves were coloured with Garden Green ink and a Blender Pen. Some extra Pale Papaya also was added with the Blender Pen. As I wanted to include some of the colouring that intentionally went outside of the line, the flowers, leaves and sentiment were fussy cut.

The flowers and sentiment were arranged and adhered with Dimensionals. A bow was tied using White Bakers Twine and the Gold Elegant Trim and some of the delightful 2021-2023 In Colour Jewels were added to give some gorgeous sparkle.

Two remaining flowers were adhered to the reverse side to add some coordinating "pretty" to decorate the personal message space.

I did have a lot of fun creating these Double Diamond cards and am really enamoured with this fold. Garden Green is a great green to work with when illustrating natures foliage. (My apologies for the photo backgrounds as it was raining and I couldn't use my usual spot; as such I set up on my front porch to use the natural light. I hope to re-photograph tomorrow - weather permitting.)

If you live in Australia, don't already have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and would like your own copy of Stampin' Up's 2021-2022 Annual Catalogue and or the July - December 2021 Mini Catalogue, then let me know and I will be delighted to send them to you. Please don't hesitate to make contact with any other queries about this project or Stampin' Up!. 

There is more Garden Green creativity. To continue with the blog hop, click on the "next" graphic below to be taken to the blog of a very special and talented friend, Rachel Palmieri. As always, I am looking forward to checking out Rachel's creation along with everyone else's. I do love seeing everyones' projects - so many ideas and such inspiring creations

Hope to see you next week when we will be featuring Gorgeous GrapeAlso, don't forget that the AWH Heart of Christmas Blog Hop goes live with another blog hop every Monday evening at 8pm AEST until mid-December.

Stay well, stay safe and be kind to yourself and others.

Andrea 💕🐾

If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the full list of participants on Catherine Proctor’s blog, our amazing AWHT Colour Creations Coordinator.  Check out her amazing creation while you are there.

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  1. Gosh, these look very elaborate, Andrea! I especially love the poinsettia card; the colours and details are so rich and beautiful. I like the addition of the Shimmery White embossing paste to the flowers and foliage - a lovely detail.

  2. Not one but two amazing fancy fold cards, andrea! These both look amazing, even though you had to photograph in low light (it was raining here too and the quality of my photos suffered as well so I feel your pain). Its great to see both a Christmas and an non-Christmas example.

  3. These are gorgeous, Andrea. I have often seen these and they look very interesting and quite involved to make, but you have made two! They are both lovely for different occasions.

  4. Wow Andrea these look very spiffy, I have never done this fold before but I think I will have to give this one a go. I love love love these.

  5. Amazing cards, and I love them both! Shimmery paste on the poinsettia is very swish, but my mind boggles at the fold.

  6. Oh Andrea, your cards are stunning! Such a fun fold and you have decorated them both so beautifully. I think I need to try this now!

  7. Oh my golly gosh. Both cards are beautiful but especially the Christmas one. Do they fold flat? for postage? I love the Shimmery edges of the poinsettias.

  8. Your cards are amazing and look fabulous with all the different panels.

  9. Wow, these are both such amazing cards! I will have to use my google skills to track down a tutorial. They are stunners!


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