On Wednesday I received three of my Stampin’ Up! orders and in one of them was the Gorgeous Posies Stamp Set which I’d been promising myself for a long time. I had completely missed this stamp set in the catalogue and only knew about it because fellow demonstrator Karen Egan had the set and kept sharing beautiful cards she’d made using it on Facebook. If you have missed this stamp set as well, it’s on page 8 of the current Annual Catalogue and is an optional add-on to the Gorgeous Posies Project Kit. It’s a cling two-step stamp set and the great thing about the two step part of it is that it doesn’t have to be matched up precisely! This is just part of the reason why this is such a pleasure to use.
The easiest card to make with images like these is to create your own Designer Series Paper (DSP) which is what I have done for today’s card. I started with the large flower and Highland Heather Ink and stamped them around my Whisper White Cardstock (CS) top layer. The second step for the flower was the dotted stamp for the centre of the flower for the stamens. For this I used Gorgeous Grape Ink. This is what I meant when I said earlier you don’t have to line up the two-step stamping precisely!
There wasn’t any real plan for the design of my DSP except to leave space between the flowers for some leaves. Before I was able to move onto the leaves I needed to make a mask for the flower. I stamped the flower image at the top (sticky) part of a Post It Note and cut it out. It’s advisable when you do this to cut away part of the actual outline of the flower because it reduces the risk of having white areas left between the flower and the leaves. Using Granny Apple Green Ink I added as many leaves that made my flowers look evenly spread out.
I concentrated on one flower at a time because there was a second step for the leaves, too! Like the flower, there wasn’t any real lining up to be done – it couldn’t have been any easier. The second stamp was veins for the leaves and I stayed with the same colour ink because the image of the veins was a solid image and therefore stamped a lot darker! I was really pleased with the result but I wanted to do away with the large white areas so I stamped randomly in these areas using the same stamp I’d used for the stamens but I used Purple Posy Ink stamped off once.
Everything was so random and relaxed and the result was brilliant! I was very pleased with my DSP. Next I decided to decorate the top Whisper White CS layer for the inside of my card. I stamped a flower, plus the stamens in the bottom right-hand corner. Next I used the mask so I could stamp some leaves plus the veins. Again, I decided to fill the white space by stamping the stamens using Purple Posy stamped off once.
I adhered this top layer to a middle layer of Gorgeous Grape CS and then adhered it onto a Purple Posy CS card base. I stamped the sentiment GET WELL SOON using Gorgeous Grape Ink onto a scrap of Whisper White CS. I chose to die-cut it using the round fancy-cut circle in the Tasteful Lael Dies which adds stitches to the inside and outside of the fancy-shaped circle. I cut a Gorgeous Grape Layering Circle one size larger than the fancy circle die. After adding some tape to the back of the cardstock, I die-cut again using the fancy circle and took care when removing the cardstock from the die. Next I cut another Gorgeous Grape CS circle and adhered it to the back of the fancy die-cut circle to make sure the inside and outside pieces stayed together. When they were secure, I adhered the sentiment on top! Please look closely at the photograph of the sentiment to see what I mean!
Finally I tied a piece of Gorgeous Grape Sheer Ribbon around the middle and top layer and moved the bow to the right-hand side. This allowed me room to adhere the sentiment next to the bow popped up on Dimensionals. Once the design had been decided, this was a very quick card to make! I can see why Karen enjoys using this stamp set! By the way, I also stamped the front, bottom left-hand corner of an envelope to go with this card, too! That’s about it from me today. I look forward to being back with you tomorrow. In the meantime, take care and stay safe. happy crafting.
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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”