Saturday, June 25, 2016

CAS-ual FRIDAYS BLOG HOP

When I chose the CAS-ual Fridays Casual Comfort Stamp/Die Set for this Blog Hop, I planned on creating a more upbeat card. Recent events  forced me to change my mind -  unfortunately there are times when we need to send a sympathy card.

So, starting with an original photograph of a Calla Lily in my garden, I took one of the Casual Trees Fri-Dies that seemed to mimic fern leaves. I embossed a two-layer piece of card stock for a deep embossed result. Then, using the coordinating stamp, I colored the leaves with VersaFine Ink in the Habanero and Crimson Red colors. The interesting white veining is the result of the embossing technique.



Materials Used:

Cas-ual Fridays CASUAL COMFORT STAMP SET

Cas-ual Fridays CASUAL TREES FRI-DIES 

VersaFine Ink

58 comments:

  1. What a stunning card!! Love the photograph and the mimicking of the leaves in the photo with the die cuts. So cool!

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    1. I know not everyone 'gets it' but I love the way the die cut is almost exactly like the fern leaves in the photo - glad you have a creative eye.

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  2. Sweet creation, love the pic and beautiful dies!

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    1. The CAS-ual Friday Stamp and Die sets are very well made and were fun to use for this Blog Hop.

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    1. I do, too, although they do not do as well here in FL as they grow elsewhere but I still get a few every year.

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  4. Incredible how those diecut leaves mimic the leaves in the photo. The coloring is perfect and the card is lovely.

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    1. Thank you very much for your kind words - I was really impressed with the way the die cuts mimic the fern leaves....that's why we need to challenge ourselves creatively, I guess.

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  5. Lovely card with pretty details! Love the calla lily pic!

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    1. I love the Callas, too, although they do not do as well here in FL as they grow elsewhere but I still get a few every year. thank you for your kind words.

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  6. So very pretty! I love the picture and the way you matched the leaves! Hugs, Robin

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Robin.

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  7. Just beautiful! Your picture is so pretty...I love that Calla Lily!

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    1. I do, too, although they do not do as well here in FL as they grow elsewhere but I still get a few every year. thank you for your kind words.

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  8. This is just stunning Mark! A fantastic job!

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    1. Thank you so much - it was an unexpected project but I am very happy with the results.

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  9. What a cool way to accent a photo card!

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  10. What a cool way to accent a photo card!

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  11. Gorgeous card.

    Sue
    rolfe974@prodigy.net

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  12. What a lovely way to embellish this gorgeous garden photo!

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    1. Thank you very much for the kind words!

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  13. Interesting technique with a beautiful result. Never considered using photographs in my cardmaking.

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    1. Yes, it really personalizes the card - especially when people know you took the photo yourself. I shoot anything that strikes my fancy and keep it for a 'rainy day' - you never know when a match like this can happen!

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  14. Sorry you needed a sympathy card.... but what a great idea to use dies with a beautiful photograph! Nice job!

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    1. Thank you so much - I really did expect to create a very upbeat card when I selected the stamp/die set but I am very proud of the end result.

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  15. This is just lovely. What a wonderful and personal touch using your own photograph. So sorry that this kind of card is needed, but it will mean a lot to the recipient.
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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    1. Yes, unfortunately there are time when a card like this is needed. I really tried to make it personal with the photograph and the clean and simple design.

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  16. Wonderful card. Lovely idea to incorporate your own photo. xxx

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    1. Thank you very much for your kind words!

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  17. Beautiful card, love how you incorporated your lovely photo with the stamps and dies!

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    1. Thank you very much. Yes, the photo really adds that personal touch that a store bought card could never recreate.

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  18. Such a stunning photo highlighted by the dies. You've made me look at my dies a new way now...

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    1. Well, that is cool to actually inspire someone else - kind of like paying it forward, right?!?

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  19. Lovely photo - Callas are my favorite. I'm sorry for your loss/need for the card.

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    1. Callas are one of my faves, too, however, they do not grow as well here in FL as they grow elsewhere but I still get a few every year. Thank you for your kind words.

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  20. they really look great together--the stamps with the photo.

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    1. The stamps and dies were fun to use and worked well for this very personal project. thank you for your kind words.

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  21. Lovely and so full of beauty!! I like how you accented the pretty photo with stamp products - brilliantly done!!

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  22. Beautiful--I like how you used a photo.

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