I kid you not, under 15 minutes. Well, not including getting the supplies out. Most of mine are within arms reach so even including that maybe tack on an extra 3? When I’m sending a hey my girl hurt her ankle, please excuse her from P.E. today note it just doesn’t warrant an elaborate card, but I like to use cards, nonetheless. I mass produced this little cutie. By mass, I mean about 15, which is a lot for this singleton. It features the Hero Arts Layered Topiary. Never has color layering been such a snap!
You could use a Misti for this card, but given that they really are so easy to line up I didn’t. I just used a good ol’ acrylic block. I started with the largest topiary tier, the one at the bottom, and worked my way up and down.
My tip for this set is to take all three layers of a tier and place them on top of each corresponding image exactly as they are printed on the label on the face of the stamp set. This won’t work for all color layering sets, but it does this one. Then, just pick up each layer one at a time and stamp to your card panel in the same orientation. I stamped the first layer in Forever Green Shadow ink on Snow Layering Paper. I picked up the second layer, and again, kept it in the same orientation as I went to stamp over the first impression. This layer was in Moss Bold ink and the third in Green Hills Shadow ink. This set nests nicely together making it super easy.
I then worked through the second tier and then the top. The trunk was next in Caramel Bold ink and then the pot in Intense Black. I swiped a few strokes of grey Copic marker near the edges to add dimension. Once I added the sentiment and bird in Intense Black, I colored the bird with 3 Prismacolor pencils: a bright yellow, a middle and a dark blue.
I trimmed the sides a smidge and adhered to a Sunshine Folded Card base. The Hero Arts card bases are so handy, colored on the outside and white in the middle. Add a couple of Sunshine sequins, write in it and pop it in a matching Sunshine envelope!
Have a crafty weekend!!
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