Blueberries in a Golden Garden

by Marika

Hi, it's Marika here! I'm featuring the new Golden Garden set and giving some inspiration how to use it. In my first card, I stayed in my comforst zone – I stamped, coloured and that's it. Here is my card:

I stamped the flowers first with Altenew Frosty Pink ink. – for the leaves I used Frayed Leaf. I did quite a lot of masking to get the composition as it is seen in the picture. Then I coloured the images with comic markers. After colouring I added some doodling around the flowers to retain some contrast. This way you are able to make all the three flowers different allthough they were stamped with the same stamp. I used Grapevine ink to stamp the cluster of berries to gain more interest to the card. I stamped Altenew Jet Black ink the the Halftone Hello sentiment and die cut it with the co-ordinating die. I stamped with the second sentiment black pigment ink onto a black card stock and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. I cut it to fit to my card and glued it in place. To achieve some detail, I cut off the panel from the right side leaving a few leaves and pedals to hang over and adhered a red border of a textured card stock underneath.

For my second card I used what I saw the first when looking at the stamp set for the first time. It is a blueberry season here in Finland and it seems that I see blueberries everywhere. I used Mirror Stamping technique to make this card and I also filmed it while I created. But first here is my card:

Stamps and dies used: Golden Garden and Baby Zoo.

Stamps and dies used: Golden Garden and Baby Zoo.

You can watch my tutorial here or in HD in Youtube.

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For my third card I went to very different way. Firstly, I thought I'd do a white-on-white wedding card but the idea grow while creating. Here is my third card:

Stamps used: Golden Garden, Baby Zoo and Ori Kami.

Stamps used: Golden Garden, Baby Zoo and Ori Kami.

I think these images are so beautifully sketched that just stamping and leaving them as they are would look very beautiful. I started by stamping the images with Versamark and heat embossing them with Silver embossing powder – I did that twice and fussy cut the other images. Next, I stamped the sentiment with black pigment ink and heat embossed it with Clear embossing powder. Next, I added some colour by inking Frosty Pink and Coral Berry ink onto the left upper corner. I glued the white flowers and leaves with liquid glue and foam tape to give them some dimension. I also added a stripe of Silver glitter paper to the lefthand side to get more contrast and little, tiny flower sequins to finish off my card.

Hopefully you enjoyed and got some inspiration how to use Golden Garden set. Thanks for stopping by and see you soon!

Marika

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Holly Saveur July 28, 2015 - 09:25

Such gorgeous cards..LOVe them!

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Marika August 11, 2015 - 09:45

Thank you, Holly!

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pwilley21 July 28, 2015 - 09:35

Speechless! These are so beautiful Marika!u

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Marika August 11, 2015 - 09:46

Thanks! You’re so kind.

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Christine Smith July 28, 2015 - 09:38

All of these are gorgeous and your video is fab! Thank you for the mirror stamping technique! xxx

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Marika August 11, 2015 - 09:46

Thanks, Christine! You’re welcome!

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chauber0906 July 28, 2015 - 09:42

Absolutely beautiful… love all 3 of them :)

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Marika August 11, 2015 - 09:46

Thanks! You’re so sweet!

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yana.smakula July 28, 2015 - 09:42

I love your projects, Marika!

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Marika August 11, 2015 - 09:46

Thanks, Yana! You’re the coolest!

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Carol July 28, 2015 - 10:02

All three cards are just beautiful. I already ordered and received my choices from the new release, but now I must have those blueberries. Back to order another stamp!

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Marika August 11, 2015 - 09:48

Thanks, Carol! It’s been a great blueberry here this year! Many thank you cards to be made!

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cindyromandaversa July 28, 2015 - 10:07

Such beautiful coloring. The cards are wonderful!

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Marika August 11, 2015 - 09:48

Thank you! You’re so sweet!

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Victoria Dent July 28, 2015 - 10:27

WOW, WOW, WOW! !!!! These are beautiful and inspiring.

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Marika August 11, 2015 - 09:48

Thank you, Victoria!

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conil July 28, 2015 - 10:51

Marika, Awe inspiring work. Not only the masterful coloring but your card designs had me falling on the floor.

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Marika August 11, 2015 - 09:49

Thank you, Coni! You’re always so kind.

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Clelie July 28, 2015 - 11:12

Marika, your artwork is amazing!…fresh…inspiring, beautiful designs!

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Marika August 11, 2015 - 09:49

Thank you so much!

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Margarita Navarro-Rivera July 28, 2015 - 11:13

These are three gorgeous cards. I love all of them!

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Marika August 11, 2015 - 09:50

Thank you, Margarita!

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Laura Jane July 28, 2015 - 11:34

I’m so glad this set is on it’s way to my house! The examples you have shown today will give me something to work with when it arrives: )
So often a new set befuddles me and sits un-used for weeks before inspiration comes.
Your masking and drape of the greenery on the first has such lovely movement.
Can’t wait to enjoy the coloring video of those blueberries :)

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Marika August 11, 2015 - 09:50

Thank you LauraJane! I’m so glad you have this stamp set, you are going to be fabulous things with it!

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Kathie B July 28, 2015 - 11:55

All three cards are just stunning…and a real inspiration to me! Thank so much…

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Marika August 11, 2015 - 09:51

You’re welcome! Thank you for your kind words, Kathie!

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Harriet July 28, 2015 - 11:58

Thank you, Marika, your cards are stunning.

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Marika August 11, 2015 - 09:51

Thanks, Harriet! You’re so kind.

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Sandy R. July 28, 2015 - 12:20

I love the new stamps! You have a very creative design team.

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Marika August 11, 2015 - 09:52

Thank you, Sandy!

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Donna Whitten July 28, 2015 - 12:56

Lovely cards! Thanks for sharing.

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Marika August 11, 2015 - 09:52

Thanks, Donna!

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Lynn Gauthier July 28, 2015 - 13:42

Your creations are all stunning! Very, very and very pretty! So very nicely done and thanks for sharing with us!!!

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Marika August 11, 2015 - 09:53

Thank you, Lynn!

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Myrle Chisholm July 28, 2015 - 14:41

Absolutely beautiful. Love the Golden Garden stamp set.

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Marika August 11, 2015 - 09:53

Thank you, Myrle! I love it too.. it was so much fun to make these samples!

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littlesavedgirl July 28, 2015 - 14:52

This first card design is exquisite ?

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Marika August 11, 2015 - 09:53

Thanks! I’m glad you liked it!

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Maureen Reiss July 28, 2015 - 15:50

Really Gorgeous cards!!

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Marika August 11, 2015 - 09:54

Thanks Maureen! You’re always so kind.

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helenbrendan July 28, 2015 - 15:52

As ever, your cards are extraordinary! Love the doodles in the first card… I need to remember that trick. The Blueberry card is so pleasing in its simplicity. And the third shines in its elegance. By the way, I’m vacationing in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula where there are many people of Finnish heritage… Marquette, Michigan hosted the international Finn Festival in 2005. Plus, it’s Blueberry season, here, too!

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Marika August 11, 2015 - 09:56

Hi Helen! Firstly, it was very delightful to read your comment. Thank you. What a nice thing to learn that there are a Finn Festival. So cool!

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Brenna Garcia July 28, 2015 - 19:26

Wonderful Card! Simple design and so clean. Thank You for sharing.

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Marika August 11, 2015 - 09:56

Thank you, Brenna!

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mrst7 July 28, 2015 - 20:02

I really enjoyed your video and your cards show case ALTENEW stamps beautifully

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Marika August 11, 2015 - 09:57

Thank you so much!

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Pat July 28, 2015 - 20:11

Beautiful cards! I had seen mirror stamping before here – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pp-zmvEsmS4

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disp6194 July 29, 2015 - 04:29

This technique has been around for a really long time. There are tons of videos. Chari’s is really good too!

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Marika August 11, 2015 - 09:58

Thank you, Pat! What a wonderful thing to hear, Chari’s tutorial is great one too.

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Kim B July 28, 2015 - 21:58

So beautiful!!! You cards are absoutley stunning!!!!

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Marika August 11, 2015 - 09:58

Thank you, Kim!

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craftingjess July 28, 2015 - 22:41

Wow. All three of these cards are absolutely STUNNING!!! I am in utter awe right now.

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Marika August 11, 2015 - 09:58

Thank you so much!

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Lisa Petrella July 28, 2015 - 23:40

Gorgeous creations!!! You are an amazing artist!!!

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Marika August 11, 2015 - 09:59

Thank you, Lisa! You’re truly so kind.

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nurse6b July 29, 2015 - 01:17

I watched the video and love how the blueberries turned out, just beautiful. All of the cards were beautiful!!

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Marika August 11, 2015 - 09:59

Thank you! Glad you’re liked my tutorial.

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disp6194 July 29, 2015 - 04:30

Gorgeous cards! I love your take on the mirror stamping technique!

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Marika August 11, 2015 - 10:00

Thanks, Kelly! You’re the best!

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Linda F July 29, 2015 - 06:00

Absolutely gorgeous cards Marika. I think you have firmly placed the golden garden set on my wish list now.

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Marika August 11, 2015 - 10:00

You’re welcome, Linda! You’re not going to be disappointed, this is such a beautiful stamp set!

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Lou Wittmer July 29, 2015 - 08:07

Thanks for the video! I never think of mirror image stamping. Lovely cards!

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Marika August 11, 2015 - 10:01

You’re welcome, Lou!

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Heather P July 29, 2015 - 08:47

Such beautiful cards!

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Marika August 11, 2015 - 10:01

Thank you, Heather!

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Ann July 29, 2015 - 08:48

Love the simplicity and beauty of these cards.

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Marika August 11, 2015 - 10:01

Thank, Ann! You’re so sweet!

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Daisies Girl July 29, 2015 - 13:09

GORGEOUS and SUPER STUNNING cards – each one has a special beauty to it and ALL of them are clean, crisp and so very classy!!!

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Marika August 11, 2015 - 10:02

Thank you so much! You are so kind.

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donna mikasa July 29, 2015 - 21:42

Beautiful work as always, Marika! I love how you envisioned blueberries!

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Marika August 11, 2015 - 10:02

Thanks, Donna!

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janellegr July 31, 2015 - 04:48

That stamp set is DEFINITELY ON my shopping list!!! Such gorgeousness!!! Great work, Marika, you’ve captured the essence of this stamp set perfectly! :)

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Marika August 11, 2015 - 10:03

Thank you! You’re going to have such a lovely time with this stamp set.

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jintyoo7 July 31, 2015 - 17:58

Exquisitely done :-)

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Marika August 11, 2015 - 10:03

Thank you so much!

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Sue B August 1, 2015 - 06:10

Am eagerly awaiting the arrival of my new purcase of golden garden so was excited to see these samples, they are so beautiful x

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Marika August 11, 2015 - 10:03

Thank you, Sue!

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chriss58 August 3, 2015 - 23:41

Beautiful art, Marika! Love this trio of cards!

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Marika August 11, 2015 - 10:04

Thank you so much!

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