Tropical Climbing Orchids TGIF197

by Joanne James6. February 2019 19:00

I've had a busy week with preparations for classes and my forthcoming weekend craft retreat, so I've had to take a short blogging break. Today I'm sharing a card that was totally inspired by the vibrant colour palette over at TGIF Challenges this week:


This colour palette is so bright I just couldn't resist! I decided that these colours would be perfect for a tropical orchid and set to work - take a look:


Here's the low-down on today's card:

Climbing Orchid - I must confess this is the first time I've used this stamp; I bought it having seen the fabulous creations my wonderful Paper Players friend Nance Leedy created with it and following the stunning birthday card she sent me with it last year (you can see her card here but if you search for 'Climbing Orchid' on Nance's blog you will see lots of fabulous samples using this set). As I was musing what to do with these colours, another of my Paper Players teamies, the lovely LeAnne Pugliese of WeeInklings, posted a photo on her blog of a fabulous real-life orchid that has just bloomed having nurtured it for a whole year (apparently an ice cube a day is the secret!) and as I mused that I have never managed to keep a houseplant going for that long, it dawned on me that an orchid would be perfect for this colour combo. I stamped my orchids in Berry Burst directly onto Pineapple Punch cardstock as I didn't want to see white borders on my flowers, then I also added a little sponged Berry Burst ink to the petals. 

More Stitched Frames - I mounted my orchid on a tone-on-tone stitched rectangle frame and card base and stamped my sentiment on the inner panel. What can I say - these frames are a winner and I love them!

A Post-Friendly Version - I used the co-ordinating Orchid Builder framelits to cut out the layered petals and shaped them with my bone folder for a dimensional effect on the card above, which is headed to someone special who has a birthday coming up who I know will appreciate the effort involved. I am also able to hand-deliver, as this card is not particularly post-friendly. I did however create a second, slightly less involved and more post-friendly version using one of the other sentiments in the set which will be heading overseas that I thought I would also share with you for comparison:


And here's a picture of the two cards together:


I love these cards - why ever did I wait so long to use this set?! I think I'm going to make one of these 3D versions in a pot to keep on my windowsill - I'm sure this is the only houseplant likely to survive in the James household for a year or more! I'm also linking today's card up with the ladies over at SUO Challenges where the theme is 'flowers'.

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:


You can see all of my 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

Enjoy your day and I'll be back tomorrow with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!


Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

Comments (8) -

Anne Marie Hile
Anne Marie HileUnited States
2/7/2019 11:23:47 PM #

This is lovely Joanne! The color palette is fantastic and really showcases that stamp set beautifully. Wow!

Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
2/8/2019 11:02:26 PM #

Thanks Anne Marie - these colours are a little bright, but I love the finished effect!

Fiona Whitehead
Fiona WhiteheadUnited Kingdom
2/8/2019 5:47:22 PM #

Such vibrant colours you've used with this set.  I've seen a couple of the 3d versions and they look almost real - good luck with making yours - thanks for joining us at SU only challenge this week.

Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
2/8/2019 11:03:10 PM #

Thanks Fiona - I'm definitely going to have a go, I think it would make the perfect houseplant!

Renee Daley
Renee DaleyUnited States
2/9/2019 6:09:10 PM #

Wow! The stepped up version of this Orchid card is fantastic. The colors are beautiful together.  Thanks for joining us this week at SUO Challenges.

Colleen Begley
Colleen BegleyUnited States
2/9/2019 11:20:35 PM #

Joanne, these are stunning! You've really made these colors work together well, and I love the card designs too. Awesome!

Christy Stanford
Christy StanfordUnited States
2/11/2019 9:27:01 PM #

Love your orchids, they're beautiful!  I used to have a plant that had yellow blooms with pinky-purple freckles, I loved it.  I generally have a black thumb so my current orchid has no blooms and is looking near death, oops!  At least you don't have to worry about watering the paper versions ;) Thanks for joining us at SUO Challenges with your orchid cards!

Catie Palmer
Catie PalmerUnited States
2/17/2019 10:35:49 PM #

Great combo of cards Joanne. Love how you have shown the two version for different skill/supply level.  Thanks for entering the SUO challenge.

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