Today's project is a multi-faceted greeting card using some of the luscious fruits of the Mediterranean. "Eden," a brand new Peg Stamp Set from Rubber Stamp Tapestry, is a whole handful of fun and includes a mouth-watering pomegranate, fig, and olive, along with a fig leaf, a graceful frond, and a fun-to-stamp sprig. You'll know what I'm talking about when you use the stamps!
Let's get started.
MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES
- Eden Peg Stamp Set
- "Thinking of You" Mini Peg Stamp
- Gray - 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches, folded
- Navy - 3-1/8 x 3-5/8 inches
- Teal - 2-5/5 x 3-1/8 inches
- Aqua - for trim
- White - 2-1/2 x 3 inches
- White card stock oval 1-3/8 inches wide x 1-7/8 inches tall
- Navy, Teal, and Aqua scraps
- Mountain Lake
- Green Tea
Embellishments and Other Stuff
- Miniature bottle (I found mine at a craft store; it came with a cork, which I am not using for this project)
- Crochet thread
- Green glitter glue
- Purple gel pen
- 1-inch round punch
- Double-sided foam tape
- Glue (I used Tombow MonoMulti glue)
INSTRUCTIONS for the Card Base
Take the folded gray piece of paper (I used the back of a writing pad because I liked the color and the sturdiness, though the extra weight might make a difference if you mail it) and stamp a row of fronds using Bamboo ink. Repeat in the opposite direction using Mountain Lake ink. Continue stamping rows of the frond stamp, alternating color and direction with each row. The result will be somewhat of a chevron patten. It looks nice on the gray background.
Set aside the card base and get ready to stamp the feature part of the card.
INSTRUCTIONS for the Feature Part of the Card
Take the white card stock and, using the Pomegranate stamp and Raspberry ink, stamp impressions at the top, sides, and bottom of the paper. To make the images appear more natural, rotate the stamp a little bit each time you stamp.
Next, take the Olive stamp and, using Black ink, toss in just enough olives to be tasty. Using odd numbers is pleasing to the eye. Since five would be too much for my wreath, I just stamped three.
The fig stamp is next. Stamp it twice, the first time in Mountain Lake ink...
... and the second time in Violet ink. Relationships are important in component stamping, so it's okay to let some of your images touch.
You can't have an Eden Peg Stamp Set without those fig leaves! The fig leaf stamp is next and the color to stamp it with is Green Tea. You can stamp a second impression before re-inking to get a nice, dimensional look.
The next stamp in line is the Palm Frond stamp. The graceful bending of this greenery stamp makes it really fun to use. The natural lines are perfect for wreaths and borders. Stamp the Palm Frond stamp in Bamboo ink.
The last stamp in this part of the stamping is the Olive Branch Peg Stamp. Stamp the Branch in Black ink.
Take the Purple Gel Pen and make a row of dots along the Aqua card stock. I found it easier to do this after gluing all the pieces together but you might want to do it before.
While you have the Navy, Teal, and Aqua paper handy, make another strip of it to match the layers (as above). Trim the end in a chevron shape. This strip will go behind the Oval medallion in a later step. Set aside for now.
Stamp the "Thinking of You" Mini Peg Stamp in Black ink on a scrap of White card stock. Then punch it out using a 1-inch round punch.
Use the Bamboo ink pad to scuff some color around the edges of the round medallion. Glue the sentiment to the feature piece of the card and set aside. This part of the card is finished but we'll hold off glueing it to the card base until we have the rest of the pieces finished.
INSTRUCTIONS for the Oval Medallion with Nifty Flower Vase
Take the White card stock Oval and use the Frond peg stamp and Seafoam ink to stamp all around the oval. Turn the stamp as you go for a graceful design when you're all finished. This light color makes a pleasant (but not too intrusive) background for the flowers and the vase.
Take the Purple Gel Pen and make some dots all around the edge of the Oval. Then use scissors to cut around each of the dots for a serrated edge. You may be thinking that you could avoid all of this effort by just using a serrated oval die. And you are right. So if you use a die, just punch out an oval, stamp it like above, and then use the serrations on the punched out oval to guide in placement of the purple gel-pen dots. However you get to this point, it is now time to set this piece aside and stamp some flowers for the vase.
On another scrap of White card stock, stamp a single Frond in Green Tea ink.
Stamp another Frond, this time using Bamboo ink.
Using just the tip of the Frond peg stamp and some Green Tea ink, add a little greenery to the top of the impressions you made earlier. This makes the ensemble look more natural. Don't worry about the un-stamped white area; you are going to stamp another stamp over this area (the best thing about Component Stamping is that it is very forgiving).
Take the Olive Branch stamp and Violet ink and stamp in the middle of the arrangement. You might agree that the little white space we talked about earlier comes in handy now.
Trim around the flowers and greenery and then mount the cut-out on double sided foam tape (I ended up using several layers of foam tape, to align the height of the flowers with the opening of the tiny jar). Fasten it to the Oval medallion, leaving room for the little vase.
Now it's time to prepare the vase. Simply fill the little jar with Green Glitter Glue and tie a bow of Black Crochet Thread around it. Let the glue dry completely before mounting it to the Oval medallion.
Once all the pieces are glued together, it's time to send somebody a card! Here is the final product.
I hope you enjoyed this week's project tutorial. Have a great couple of weeks until we meet again. And as usual, Happy Stamping from Rubber Stamp Tapestry!
Renee Britt Lewis, Contributing Writer