Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Thoughtful Branches is Here!

Inspiration:  August is a huge birthday month for my friends and family, so I need to stock up on birthday cards. Lucky thing I have the new Thoughtful Branches stamp set and Beautiful Branches thinlits (available in a bundle during August while supplies last).  This card came together so easily but the the die cuts make it look detailed.

  • I highly recommend using the Precision Base Plate with thinlits like these.  Since I stamped the hydrangea image first, I tried cutting it out with my Magnetic Platform to keep the thinlit lined up with the stamped image.  However, not all of the tiny pieces came out.  The Precision Base Plate made all the difference!  I ran it through once and then backed it through for a second pass.  Almost every single piece came out using my Big Shot Brush.  The few pieces that were left easily came out with just a little poke.  
  • It's extremely easy to line up the stamped hydrangea image with the thinlit.  If you want to make sure it doesn't shift when you run it through the Big Shot, use a little Post-It tape or washi tape to hold the thinlit in place.
  • I cut an extra Rich Razzleberry hydrangea (not stamped) and offset it from the stamped image.
  • Multipurpose glue works great for adhering intricate pieces like these. Just use teeny tiny beads of glue or tiny drops.  Plus, you can let it set for few seconds before laying it on the paper so it won't be as runny.
  • To get my washi tape straight, I lined up the card base on some grid paper.  Use your bone folder (something with a little weight) or some washi tape to hold it in place.  Use the gridlines to ensure your tape is straight. Clip the excess off the edges of the card base.
Thoughtful Branches (bundled with Beautiful Branches Thinlits)
Cottage Greetings

Sweet Sugarplum Card Stock
     4-1/4x11 Card Base
     3-3/4x3-1/4 Hydrangea Stamped Image
Rich Razzleberry Card Stock
     3-3/4x3-1/4 Hydrangea Layer
Pear Pizzazz Card Stock
     3-1/4x4-1/4 Stem
Whisper White Card Stock
     3-1/2x4-3/4 Large Layer

Sweet Sugarplum Stamp Pad
Rich Razzleberry Stamp Pad

Beautiful Branches (bundled with Thoughtful Branches stamp set)
Playful Palette Washi Tape
Multipurpose Glue
Precision Base Plate & Big Shot Brush

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