Hello everyone, I hope that you are staying warm on this cold winter day.   I don’t know if everyone else in the nation is experiencing such cold nasty weather as we are in the South, but if you are I hope that you are staying warm and toasty inside.  Yes, I know that not everyone deals with the announcement of snow as we do down here.   I just watched the school next door get out early due to the weather and it hasn’t even done anything yet.  But, I can say so far it is cold.  I’ve heard it described as “Colder than a Witches …..” you can fill in the blank; if you don’t know the phase then message me and I will tell you what goes in the blank.

I hope today’s card adds a little warmth to your day.   When it’s cold out side I want to think of warm things, and what is warmer then a botanical themed card.    So here is today’s card.

Golden Botanical Leaf Card

Not, a lot of stamping, but a lot of cutting.  I used the new Botanical Builder Framelits from Stampin’ Up!.  The new framelits are part of a fantastic bundle in the new Occasions 2016 Catalog (Spring/Summer) from Stampin’ Up!.  The bundle comes with the Botanical Blooms Stamp Set, Botanical Garden Designer Series Paper, and the Botanical Builder Framelits.   Wow!   Now that’s a bundle, and you save 15%.   Basically when I did the math,  I was only paying about $10 for the framelits by purchasing the bundle.   I know crazy right but it’s true.   So with this fact I couldn’t pass this bundle up!  Besides, the fact  I love these framelits, they were a must have.   Not to mention they have been so much fun.

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I found it easier to turn the Gold foil sheet upside down (with the  backing facing up).   Since I don’t have the precision base plate this worked like a charm for me.   You may have to put a shame under your plates, because all Big Shots are different, I didn’t have to.   I cut a 4 1/4″ x 5″ piece of the gold foil sheet and cut out all my leaves at the top of it and then trimmed off the 1 1/2″x 4 1/4″ piece at the bottom to get my foil strip at the bottom of the card.   That way I could save a little of the paper and not have to do to much cutting.

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The flower you see on my card also came out of this framelit set too.  I just love this flower, it has dimension in the petals.  The framelit cuts the centers of each petal so that you can pull them out a little to add a little unexpected texture.   LOVE IT!!!!!

Golden Botanical Leaf Closeup

I stamped the veins on the gold foiled cut outs with Stazon Black Ink first thing and set them aside to dry until I had cut everything else for the card.   Once dry I could then build my card.   I attached the foil leaves using mini glue dots and tied some Linen thread around the stem of the larger two.   I don’t know what it is about the combination of the gold and the linen thread.   But I just love the combination of the two and it looks elegant with a touch of comfort to me.   I added a small strip of the Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper to and a little color to the card, also the greens in the DSP are a very warm green and work with the gold (which in the art world is considered a yellow so of course they work well together since you have to have yellow to make a green.)

The Stamp set I used for the sentiment is the Botanicals For you Stamp set.   Which coordinates with this bundle.   And, the best part I got it FREE!  Yes FREE!  It is one of the free Sale-A-Bration items in the the Sale-A-Bration brochure.  If you don’t know what Sale-A-Bration is well it’s only the biggest time at Stampin’ Up!  You can find out more here

If you would like the full instruction sheet & the Supply list  to create this card by clicking on the links below.

Golden Leaf Botanical Card Instruction Sheet

Golden Botanical Leaf Card Supply List

Thanks for dropping by today.   Try to stay warm out there, until next time Happy Stampin’

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