By the time you read today’s blog, the new 2020 – 2021 Annual Catalogue will have gone live. I wonder if you’ve placed an order or are you waiting until the rush is over! Please don’t forget that although the new exclusive Cut & Emboss Machines are featured in the catalogue they aren’t available to order yet! Stampin’ Up! tell us they will be available during the “early life” of the new catalogue and I will keep you posted!
When demos get a chance to pre-order from the annual catalogue before it goes live, we are given a very short list of products to choose from! I have to be honest that I wasn’t overly impressed with what we could choose to pre-order but I have an incredibly long list of products I’ll be ordering when I have the time to do it!
The exceptions of the pre-order products that I really do like are the Birds & Branches Stamp Set and the Many Mates Stamp Set which has some fabulous sentiments in a selection of great fonts! It a set that covers most events like birthdays, anniversaries, get well, thanks, congrats, retirement, and lots more general sentiments.
The dies that match Birds & Branches Stamp Set are called Birds & More although I cut most of the images by hand for today’s card. The exceptions are the “window” die and a leafy branch die. All the others I used were so easy to cut freehand, e.g. the birds, the flowers and the heart.
I started with a Crumb Cake Cardstock (CS) card base, with a middle layer of Whisper White CS and a top layer of Crumb Cake CS. I embossed the Whisper White middle layer on the front of the card with the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder. It has given the background through the window texture.
Using a piece of Crumb Cake CS I die-cut one of the leafy branch and adhered it to the right-hand side of the window which didn’t have any branches. I stamped the first layer of the birds using Early Espresso Ink and then the second layer using Crumb Cake Ink. The birds are one of the easiest two-step stamping images ever! There is another stamp for each bird which I didn’t use but I think it’s for the wings.
I used Flirty Flamingo Ink to stamp three flowers and one heart, all of which I fussy cut although I could have used the dies. It isn’t often that a stamp set has such easy images to cut out by hand. I don’t like calling it fussy cutting because it’s anything but! I stamped the HAPPY ANNIVERSARY sentiment from the Many Mates Stamp Set using Early Espresso Ink.
This is the only part of my card I’m not sure about and that’s the sentiment. I think it looks a bit lightweight being stamped directly onto the Crumb Cake CS. I think it may look better if it was stamped separately using my Stamparatus to get a nice dark image, die-cut and popped up on Dimensionals. If I do this, I’ll layer it onto a piece of Whisper White CS before popping it up on Dimensionals.
If I do this, I’ll re-photograph it and show you once I’ve done it! That’s it from me today, and I look forward to being back with you tomorrow. In the meantime, please take care, stay safe and happy crafting.
Cardstock Layer Sizes: A4
Card base 8¼” x 5¾” scored and folded at 4 1/8”
Middle layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5½”
Top layer: 2 pieces 3¾” x 5 3/8”
Cardstock Layer Sizes: Letter-size
Card base 8½” x 5½” scored and folded at 4¼”
Middle layer: 2 pieces 4” x 5¼”
Top layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”
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