I wish we had fireflies in Victoria, instead I can dream by creating Lighting the Way card ideas. Did you know a firefly is actually a beetle? I just googled to learn more about them and that is where I found out that they are in fact a beetle and yes they do occur in Australia but only north from Kangaroo Valley in NSW up to Queensland and the Northern Territory. Looks like one day a trip may have to be planned to be in those states at the start of spring into summer to hopefully see them.
In the meantime I will get by with creating cards using the Lighting the Way stamps and dies. The bundle first appeared in the 2023 January – April Mini Catalogue. This catalogue retires May 1. The stamps and dies are carrying over into the new Annual Catalogue that goes live May 2. The Lighting My Way bundle will be gone, so if you want to save some money, order the bundle now. Why? Because you save 10% on the individual stamp set and die set catalogue prices.
My first card made using this bundle was the one below. It was inspired by the sample in the upcoming catalogue. It also allowed me to create a card using some of the new colours appearing in the colour refresh in the catalogue.
I’ve used Lost Lagoon and Berry Burst cardstock along with Pretty Peacock and Lost Lagoon inks. To give the impression of distance in the stamped leaves do some stamping off. This is when you stamp the image a second and third time without reinking the stamp.
The lantern was die cut from Distressed Gold Specialty paper. This pretty paper is lovely for die cutting or adding highlights to a card as you will see in my next card idea. Can you see the detail created on the fireflies by the dies in the card below and above? The embossed detail adds more realism to the vellum die cut wings. It adds a lovely touch of detail to the finished piece. I added Wink of Stella to the vellum wings to add to the translucency of the wings.
For the full details on my final card idea if you make an order with me in May over $200 you will receive the tutorial plus another 41 card idea tutorials from demonstrators around the world. Love those fireflies buzzing around the glow! As you can see there are dies to cut out the stamped firefly images.
If you like the Lighting the Way stamps and dies click here to see another card idea. Don’t forget to order by May 1 if you want to save money by buying the Lighting the Way bundle.