First Steps in the Urban Jungle

First Steps in the Urban Jungle


I love a plant stamp or die - I love plants in general but am not good at keeping them alive so the paper version are much easier for me to take care of!   The one type of plant I do manage to grow are succulents so a couple of the new dies from The Greetery's Urban Jungle collection were top of my must have list along with the pots to put them in and here's the quick first card I made with them today whilst waiting for the release to go live....


I started with the Plant It Silver Dollar Succulent die, cut from pale grey card and then I coloured it with a grey-green and red pencil to mimic one of it's natural varieties.  For the Plant It Aloe I went for a quicker route - cut from one shade of green card and inked the base layer to be a darker shade - my top tip for speed cutting plants!  For the Modern Planters Die I cut all the dies from white card and used oxide inks to blend some colour onto the wooden legs to get a teak and a walnut finish, darkening the leg at the back to give added realistic depth.   I wanted to make the pots themselves marble, so left them white and added a little marble detail with an old Waffle Flower Stamp - it's been out of stock for a while but they haven't as yet discontinued it - give them a nudge if you would like to see it back.  In the meantime if you don't already own it you have a couple of other options to get the same look - use the Altenew Marble Washi tape over your card before die cutting, or use a pencil or marker to draw some spidery lines to diy your marble effect.


To create the background I ink blended 3 shades of blue oxide into the Greetery A2 Arches Stencil - I wanted a darker background to make the pots pop.   I finished with a simple sentiment stamped in two of the same shades of blue using the new Little Labels Stamp and Die combo which I think will be a set that never leaves my desk as its a perfect little bundle of sentiments for lots of ocassions.


Hope that's inspired you to get planting paper plants!


Happy Crafting