Oh, how I love multi-step stamps! They give you so many different options for color combinations, and they allow you to create the look of depth and texture on your stamped images.
For this card, I’ve used the Treasured Kindness set. As always, you can find a link to the supply list at the bottom of this post. I’m sharing the order in which I stamped the images because I think they’re easier to line up this way. The stamps for the trunk are at an interesting angle, and if you start with the leaves, you can ensure they’ll end up where you want them, without having to guess how to position the trunk first. The colors used here, in order, are: Soft Succulent, Evening Evergreen, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, and then Early Espresso for the pot and sentiment.
I love seeing the mounds of moss and exposed roots on bonsai! To create that look, I left some space between the pot and tree trunk, and then placed a strip of masking paper near the top of the pot (don’t place it right at the top edge, or you’re liable to get a little gap when you stamp). I then went back with my Soft Succulent Stampin’ Write marker and colored in a couple of sections from the solid leaf stamp; these were used to create the moss mounds around the base of the trunk.
I paired this beautiful bonsai image with the Symbols of Fortune Designer Series Paper to create a faux center-step card. This gorgeous paper is retiring soon and is 50% off!
-Evening Evergreen cardstock
5-1/2” (W) x 8” (H), scored at 1”, 2" & 5” along the long side
3" (W) x 8-1/2" (H), scored at 4-1/4" along the long side
-Sahara Sand cardstock
2-3/4" (w) x 4" (H) (for stamping image)
5-1/4” (W) x 2-3/4” (H) (for message panel inside card)
-Symbols of Fortune Designer Series Paper, pattern 1
5-1/4” (W) x 2-3/4” (H)
-Symbols of Fortune Designer Series Paper, pattern 2
5-1/4” (W) x 3/4” (H)
The larger piece of Evening Evergreen cardstock is the cardbase and will be accordion-folded as shown.
After decorating the pieces, adhere the smaller panel to the front ledge of the card base, and then adhere it to the back of the card base.
Or for a different look, you can adhere the smaller piece to the main panel of the cardbase instead.
The remaining piece of Sahara Sand cardstock is for the message panel inside the card. If you need extra room, you could adhere a second piece to the inside as well.
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