The Hydrangea flowers in my garden inspired me to make this card using the "Beautiful Branches Thinlet Dies" with its coordinating stamp set "Thoughtful Branches". This stamp set and die will be available for ordering on Aug. 2. It is such a versatile set that I will be making a lot of cards with this.
I decided to make the Hydrangea white in colour, although I have seen them in a wonderful blue, and a gorgeous pink. My main bush in the backyard has pink blooms - it's offspring, which I planted in the front flower bed has humongous white blooms. I'll post a picture of the white blooms at the end of this post.
They Hydrangea was die cut in Whisper White. Stampin' Up's brush and foam set was really useful in getting all those little pieces out of the die cut image.
The stem and leaves were die cut in Always Artichoke. I had to adhere the flower at an angle because the image is so large. The fine tip glue pen was extremely useful in adhering these finely cut pieces to the background. Some clear Wink of Stella glitter was applied to parts of the flower and stem.
To add some interest in the card, a piece of 5/8" burlap ribbon was adhered near the bottom - the stem was glued over the top of the ribbon.
The sentiment was stamped in Always Artichoke ink, die cut with the layering Ovals framelits and matted with an Always Artichoke Decorative Label punchie. This was adhered to the card front using dimensionals.
Three butterflies were punched using the Bitty Butterfly punch using the reverse side of the DSP, and attached to the card with glue dots. Rhinestones were applied to the bodies of these butterflies, as well as underneath the sentiment.
Stamps: Thoughtful Branches, Many Thankful Thoughts
Inks: Always Artichoke
Papers: Delightful Dijon, Whisper White, Serene Scenic DSP stack, Always Artichoke
Accessories: Beautiful Branches Thinlet Dies, Layering Ovals Thinlet, Dimensionals, 5/8" Burlap ribbon, Fine tipped glue, Bitty Butterfly punch, Decorative Label punch, rhinestones
This is the hydrangea from my garden: