Monday, May 2, 2011

Tutorial: Branching Boxes with Sentiments

Good morning! I hope you had a terrific weekend! Today's tutorial is 2 for 1 and so fun and so easy! I wish I'd had a chance to share this idea with you at the release, but I suppose it's just as good to keep the good ideas coming! ;) I'm sure you've all seen and probably tried to make or recreate the beautiful cards that are so popular where you draw with a pen and ruler or stamp a box to house your main image that includes a sentiment in the border, it is such a great look! Let me show you how easy it is to with the both the large AND small frames from "Branching Out", this might become your favorite thing to do with this set!
Here is a single layer CAS I made from Pure Luxury which also uses a sentiment from "Garden Silhouettes" and the current StampTV Kit "Springtime Silhouettes". I am just lovin' this branch silhouette with the butterfly!


First you'll line up your frame onto your large acrylic block, this is the 6"x6" one Gina sells and the one I use for stamping all the large stamps from my frame sets. Centered in between the grid lines or along the grid line, whichever way you prefer, it's a snap to stamp it precisely on your cardbase. Next, you'll place your greeting where you want it to be above the border, and then ink around it, using a pad or marker. (You can make it a little tighter than I've done here so it comes right up to the edge of your sentiment if you wish, but then you have less wiggle room when adding he greeting later.


Remove your greeting, huff on the stamp to re-moisten the ink and stamp onto your pre-scored cardbase. The score along the middle is another guideline for you to look at to make sure your lines on your block are parallel. TIP: Don't fold the score until after you're done stamping and sponging, this keeps the card from "popping up" on you.


Now go back in with your greeting, making sure you've lined up your greeting with the line on the block and then center it over the line on the frame and you'll be good! Doesn't that look purty??

Now for the sponged sky you asked for that I made for my birdies! Although I really like the look of sponging over a cloud stencil or scallop punch, I typically just sponge without and try to make the color roll across the card in waves so your eye goes up and down. Here I've masked off the edges with sticky notes and sponged in Vivid Butterscotch. Imagine smoke moving and the way it dissipates, getting lighter out toward the edges and darker in the middle.

Now I've added in some pink, keeping some areas white, sponging into new areas so that only pink shows, and over the orange in some areas to create this new fiery color. That's' it, remove the stickies and you're ready to add some stamping and embellishments.

Here is the same card again, portrait style, like the one I shared on our inspiration hop the previous week, this works for me both ways! I clipped a part of a rhinestones flourish that would curve around my greeting for more interest, laying it over my card before pulling off the plastic and adhering to make sure it went where I wanted. I tilted the butterfly to make sure it would go just outside the frame.




Was that an easy card or what? One layer, wowee! See how nice it is to be able to customize exactly where you want your greetings to be and just how long or short the space is? For example, you could also flip the stamp so the vine is on the opposite side or even the top and make a space for a shorter greeting, etc.



Tomorrow I will share a card I made the same way but with the small square frame from "Branching Out". Hope this was helpful! Not just for scenes either of course, you can choose to isolate popped up single or several images that will pop off a white, neutral or colored background in a box like this! This is gonna be a new go to layout for me, for sure! :)

23 comments:

Shawna said...

These are lovely Melanie!

Sharon said...

So pretty. Thanks for the great instructions.

Becky said...

Beautiful card Melanie, thanks for the instructions.

Anita said...

Stunning card! Great tutorial!

StampinCatMom said...

Very pretty card! I LOVE the new Branching Out set and I just got mine on Saturday, which was awesome, because I played with it on Sunday!! Woo hoo! Your designs and Gina K stamps ROCK!

Miesje said...

Oh I like that! I got my set a few days ago and can't wait to play with it and try this out! Thanks Melanie!

Jan Castle said...

Absolutely adore this stamp set!!! Thanks for the tutorial,
Jan

Anonymous said...

You are giving me such great ideas! Thank you...

Mary Friederichsen said...

This is gorgeous Melanie!
Thank you for sharing this with us.
I have got to get my order in for this set!! :D

Blessings and Hugs,
Mary

harrahx2 said...

Really pretty!

Joni said...

so lovely. Thanks for sharing the tutorial in easy to understand steps. It encourages me to try something new.

Sharon Harnist said...

Definite WOWEE -- this is gorgeous and looks so easy, Mel!

Susan said...

What a great stamp set -- I can see you really thought about the versatility of this set. Your card is lovely (as always)!

GmaJulie2 said...

Beautiful card and love the stamp sets!!! Thanks for sharing your directions!

Glitter Fantasies said...

OH that is great!!! Thanks for the instructions... I keep forgetting about not inking part of the stamps and every time I see it I love the effect!
Any hints on the sponging...mine never seem to come out so smooth looking. I have tried tapping on a paper towel, doing the circular thing..but it's never as smooth.
Jackie

marie41837 said...

Oh this is absolutley beutiful. and so easy to do. You guys always give me great ideals.

One of Us said...

Very nice look forward to trying it. thank you

Betty Neville said...

Your card is gorgeous! Thank you for the awesome tutorial!

Toucan Scraps said...

really pretty

Fay Chave said...

Beautiful card!!

Lagene said...

Pure Gorgeousness!!~!!!!

Anonymous said...

love this card,i have lots of butterflies in my stamp collection. going to have to try this, very pretty
Dee

Cheryl G said...

Stunning and simple. What a perfect combination!