I'm not really sure where the inspiration for this came from except that I wanted to use a stamp set that had not been inked in awhile and I wanted to think a little outside the sketch. Instead of using the circle in the sketch as the focal point for a stamp set, I used it as a landing spot for my focal image. I really like elements that "fall off" the edge--the edge of a die cut or the edge of an image. So here, my Climbing Orchid falls off the edge of the Stitched Shape element.
There are three orchid pieces to this flower, each one inked in Versamark on cardstock vellum, heat embossed in gold, and cut with the coordinating Thinlits. Usually vellum shows any adhesives but here I was able to hide both glue dots and dimensionals with each layer of the flower. It was only after I glued everything down that I realized I was supposed to have ribbon element around the top of the card front...d'oh! I hope Claire will forgive me!
With a specific placement for a sentiment, the sketch gives us freedom put it anywhere--love that! I had a lot of elements going on here and didn't want to add another element for the sentiment. With that in mind, I did some tone-on-tone stamping with Berry Burst ink on the same color cardstock stitched circle. It's a subtle way to incorporated the sentiment without extra bulk!Was anybody else excited to see THICK Very Vanilla cardstock in the latest catalog? I was so happy--love it! I didn't need to add an extra panel to the inside because the base is thick enough but with all the layers on the front, it still felt a little whimpy on the inside. So, I cut a 4 x 5.25" panel and inked up my design for the inside. Since I used the Seasonal Layers thinlit to cut the branch on the front of the card, I used this fabulous sentiment from that coordinating Colorful Seasons set on the inside. Such a great sentiment and useful for so many occasions!
Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to check out the rest of the inspiration over at The Paper Players where my teammates also had fun with Claire's sketch. Perhaps you'll be inspired to play along with us before the challenge closes on Friday, March 30th at Noon (PST). Have a great week!
The Paper Players Design Team