Kind of Batty Meets Tropically Yours

I know my posts are kind of sporadic right now. I’m in the final push of packing for my move next week. Once I can get settled at my new place, I’ll be able to get back to regular posts again. I’ll actually have a dedicated craft room finally, so I’m beyond excited about that! Here’s a little sneak peek of the plans for my new craft room. The wall closest to us in the rendering has a large window on it which is the gray box in the middle. My desk will sit directly under the window.

Mel's Card Corner | New Craft Room

All of the furniture is from Ikea. My desk will be slightly different than the rendering because I bought the 59″ Linnmon/Alex desk which has two of the narrow Alex 5-drawer units on either end in place of the legs. I’ll have three Alex drawer units on casters along the wall opposite the closet. There will be two Brimnes cabinets along the back wall which will house my photopolymer stamps and larger items like my Cricut Explore. Finally, there will be a Billy bookcase on the final wall between the entry into the room and the double closet. It will house my Stampin’ Up!® stamp cases as well as a few books and decor items.

Now, let’s move on to the main purpose of this post. For today’s card, I combined products from the new Kind of Batty release from Catherine Pooler Designs with products from her recent Tropically Yours Stamp of Approval collection. The Kind of Batty products are all currently available in Catherine’s online store. The Tropically Yours collection has sold out, but the items will be available again for individual purchase sometime in 2019. You won’t have to wait that long for more Stamp of Approval goodness though. A new collection is coming next month, so be sure to get on the wait list!

Mel's Card Corner | Kind of Batty Meets Tropically Yours

I started this card by using an ink blending tool to apply Sauna ink over the entire front of the card base. I also used the direct-to-paper inking technique to create a strip of Icing on the Cake cardstock to use for my sentiment. I set those aside to dry then worked on all the stamped images.

I used the new Hello Autumn stamp set to create the beautiful layered leaves for my card. Lydia Evans did an absolutely amazing job designing this stamp set! Here are pics showing all the inks I used for stamping the leaves. For the one on the left, the leaf in the lower left corner was done using full strength ink, then I flipped the cardstock around in my MISTI and stamped again to get a second generation/stamped off version of the same leaf.

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By the time I finished stamping and die cutting all the leaves, the inked pieces were dry. I used the Canvas Grunge stamp set from the Tropically Yours SOA collection to stamp the front of the card base using Sand Castle ink. This gave a nice subtle texture to the Tiara background. Next, I used VersaMark ink to stamp some of the borders from the Good Vibes Borders from the SOA collection. Once stamped, I heat embossed them using gold embossing powder. While I was heat embossing, I also embossed the Hello Autumn sentiment using the gold embossing powder on the Icing on the Cake cardstock I created.

Mel's Card Corner | Kind of Batty Meets Tropically Yours

I adhered the leaves to the card front. I used liquid glue to adhere the leaves the give me a little wiggle room time to arrange them just as I wanted. Once I had all the leaves in place, I adhered the sentiment strip on top of the leaves using Dimensionals and that completed the card.

Until next time …

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