The new Serene Garden bundle was one of the first sets I was drawn to in the new 2018-2019 Stampin’ Up! Catalog.  I knew I wanted to create a fancy fold to really show off as many of the beautiful images as I could.   So, I chose the four-panel fancy fold, one I’ve used in the past and love.  The Serene Garden set is a lovely set for cards of encouragement, sympathy, birthday,  thinking of you and so much more.  You can also create unique layers on your project with stamping, embossing and die cutting. 

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Serene Garden, Four Panel Fancy Fold

My color combo of Powder Pink, Shaded Spruce, Coastal Cabana and Whisper White was the starting point.  I knew I wanted a rich green and our new Color Revamp came to the rescue.  In that revamp Stampin’ Up! brought in sixteen new colors to our palette, and that gorgeous Shaded Spruce was one of them. Coastal Cabana is an oldie, but goodie, that was brought back from retirement.

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Serene Garden, Four Panel Fancy Fold

In my Serene Garden four-panel fancy fold, each panel depicts it’s own little scene.  On the front panel, I used the Detailed with Love stamp set for the sentiment.  I then cut it out with the Stitched  Shapes Oval Framelit and layered it on top of a scallop oval cut with the Layering Ovals Framelits. The sweet little flower is from Serene Garden.  That one doesn’t have a die, but it was quick and easy to fussy cut.

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Serene Garden, Four Panel Fancy Fold

The second panel was created using the watercolor wash stamp from the Love What You Do set. I stamped off in Coastal Cabana. Next, I stamped the large flower image from Serene Garden. Then  to create some fabulous texture, I ran the panel through the big shot with the new texture die from the Stitched Labels Framelits.  To create some depth, I stamped the flower head on a scrap of Whisper White, colored it with my Coastal Cabana Stampin’ Write Marker and cut it with the matching die from Garden Scene  Framelits.  The new Share What You Love Artisan Pearls were the perfect accent.  And did you know that our tried and turn Teeny Tiny Wishes set retired and was replaced with a fabulous new set, Itty Bitty Greetings.  That’s what I used for the sentiment and cut it out with the die from Stitched Labels.

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Serene Garden, Four Panel Fancy Fold

In panels three and four I wanted to bridge the card together in creating a two-panel scene.  The large corner stamp was perfect.  The coloring was done with Stampin’ Write Markers in Shaded Spruce, Coastal Cabana and Mint Macaron.  The flecking in the background was created by tapping the marker in the cap, creating splatter effect.  

Susan Levasseur, WOW NOLA Creations, Serene Garden, Four Panel Fancy Fold

Last, but certainly not least, the fourth panel was creating using a new technique with our Big Shot Embossing Mats and die from Springtime Impressions.  The sandwich for this technique is your Big Shot Platform, one Standard Cutting Pad, the die (cut side up), cardstock, blue embossing mat and the white impression pad.  Run the sandwich through the Big Shot and you get an embossed image versus a cut image.  You can do this with any die making your supplies work double duty and you get more bang for your buck. The little sentiment also comes from Itty Bitty Greetings cut with the Stitched Shapes Framelit and backed with a gorgeous die cut from Stitched Labels.  And of course, the star of the show, the gorgeous bird is from Serene Garden.

I’ve published this video tutorial for you and would love to hear your feedback.

Here’s how the magic happens.

  • Card Base – Powder Pink CS – one at 11 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 1/4″, 3 3/4″ and 7 1/4″, flip over and with the 1/4″ scoreline at the top, score at 5/8″ down to the 7 1/4″ scoreline.  Cut off the 5/8″ score. For the card base, slso cut one piece at 4 1/4″ x 2 3/4″.
  • Mats – Shaded Spruce CS – two @ 2 1/2″ x 4″, two @ 3 1/4″ x 4 5/8″ and one @ 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Mats – Whisper White CS – two @ 2 1/4″ x 3 3/4″, two @ 3″ x 4 3/8″
  • Large Mat – Thick Whisper White CS – one @ 5″ x 3 3/4″
  • Panel #1 – Coastal Cabana CS – 2 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ and Whisper White CS – 3″ x 4 1/4″
  • Panel #2 – Flower and Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 3″ x 2″
  • Panel #3 & 4 – Butterflies – Whisper White  1″ x 3″
  • Panel # 5 – Bird and Sentiment – Whisper White CS – 4 1/4″ x 2 1/4″ and Coastal Cabana CS – 1 1/4″ x 3 1/4″

If you would like to create this card, I would appreciate you stopping by my online store for any supplies you might need.

Big Shot

Coastal Cabana Classic Stampin' Pad

Coastal Cabana Classic Stampin’ Pad

Until next time, Create Something Beautiful!