Yesterday I felt I was back to normal after my fabulous wedding on Saturday! My day was speny playing catch-up! When it came to deciding which stamp set to use for today’s card, I didn’t have a clue where to start. I chose Inspiring Iris because I enjoy two-step stamping, and the three main images in this set are my favourite kind!
To colour the irises I chose Pool Party, with Granny Apple Green for the leaves. After stamping the main iris image using Stazon Ink, I changed over to the infill stamp. Fortunately, I always stamp the first image onto scrap paper; the image was atrocious! It looked as if my ink pad was well and truly over-inked! Rather than spend time scrapping off the excess, I decided to use my old ink pad, but the same thing happened again! Not to be beaten, I tried the original ink pad I’d bought in March 2012 when I first became a demo! It worked a treat!
I decided I shouldn’t be lazy, and scraped off the excess using a gift card. I’m really hoping that next time I want to use Pool Party Ink, I won’t have the same problem! My next disappointment was how the infill colour was very random! I persevered and used Granny Apple Green ink for the leaves and stems, and the colour looked even worse! I decided to die cut the image so I could compare it with the second image!
For my second image, I used Memento Ink, and then coloured the flowers and leaves using Dark Daffodil Delight, Light and Dark Pool Party and Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends. Next I used Daubers with Balmy Blue and Granny Apple Green Inks to soften the stark Whisper White background. I die cut the image using one of the Stitched Nested Labels Dies. The sentiment is from the same stamp set, and I stamped it in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I used a much smaller Stitched Nested Labels Die, and then played around with the arrangement until I was happy!
My base card is in Pool Party Cardstock (CS), followed by a layer of Whisper White CS which I’d embossed with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder. The designs in this years 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper (DSP) Packs, are, in my opinion much better than last years designs. Unfortunately, I have lots left over in all the colour families from last year I can’t justify ordering more just because I prefer the designs! However, I did allow myself to get one pack – Subtles – which includes Pool Party! YAY! The script design is my favourite!
I stamped, painted and punched out two butterflies from the Butterfly Gala Stamp Set. After I assembled the front of the card, I added some retired Thick Pool Party Baker’s Twine, and some Basic Pearls. My final touch was painting the flowers with my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen. Finally, I added a layer of Whisper White CS inside the card, and added a single iris stem that I’d stamped, painted and fussy cut to match the front image. I wanted to give you the opportunity to see the irises painted with Blends as well as the infill stamps, which I adhered to the back of my main card using repositional tape!
Paper Flowers with Good Morning Magnolia Products
Finally, Stampin’ Up! have recently released several short videos, showing how to and/or different ways to use new products that are available in the 2019 – 2020 Annual Catalogue. I appreciate not everyone likes to watch videos, but these are short and sweet! I’ll try to post one each day.
That’s it from me today, and I look forward to being back with you tomorrow. In the meantime, happy crafting.
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