With my last post I shared the first card that we created during the demonstrator-only creative event. This card is the second one that we created, and it’s my favorite of the bunch. During the event they presented a video of an interview with the designer for the Splendid Day Suite. During that video we learned that the leafy images in the suite are actually different varieties of eucalyptus leaves. It was really cool to learn more about the creation of the suite as well as the inspiration behind it. Since Stampin’ Up! has demonstrators in Australia, I’m imagining that those demonstrators may be extra excited to have imagery that is part of their landscape. This card really features the greenery images the most of the cards that we made, and I think that’s why I like it the best. There was quite a bit of die cutting for this card, so it took a bit longer to assemble but all of those different images really make it pop.

Another trick that we did on this card is for the brick background paper. We embossed the paper as usual (I do really like that embossing folder!), and then we rubbed the White Craft ink pad lightly over the top of the embossed paper. The term for this is “direct to paper”. This will highlight the highest points of the paper and it looks a little like a lightly white-washed brick wall. If your ink is a little too heavy, you can then wipe the top with a micro-fiber cloth to remove some of the excess ink and soften the look. When you’re done you have a fantastic background that has a little bit extra going on.

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