I hope you are all well and had a lovely weekend. I don’t think I’m going to have enough time today to share everything I want to share, so I’ve decided to share the Colour & Contour Thank You Cards & Gifts and pop back tomorrow with the rest. The thank you cards and gifts I’m referring to are those I made for my April online customers.
It isn’t often I make matching cards and gifts but I love the effect! I chose the Colour & Contour Stamp Set because it’s two-step stamping but it didn’t work out as easy as I hoped it would! I stamped the flower outline using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on Thick Basic White Cardstock for the Thank You cards and then I stamped the same amount again to decorate the gift pouches. Thanks, Stamparatus!!
Next I used the infill stamp to colour in the flowers using three of the new InColours: Polished Pink, Pale Papaya and Fresh Freesia. It was at this point I realised there wasn’t an infill stamp for the leaves! I could have used my Stampin’ Blends or Stampin’ Write Markers but they wouldn’t have given the same effect as the two-step flower stamp! I felt my image cried out for green leaves and I couldn’t leave them bare.
I decided to go through my stamp sets to see if I had a stamp I could utilise for my leaves. Towards the very end of my stamp set reference book, I saw what I needed in the Whale Done Stamp Set. I have photographed the front of the stamp set with a circle around the stamp. It wouldn’t be perfect but then I wasn’t after a perfect result and I was sure this stamp would be ideal!
I’ve also photographed the cut stamp and plus four images. No. 2 shows the image created by each of the two pieces of cut stamp – I used the piece on the right for my leaves. No 1 shows both pieces of stamp placed back together again on a block to be used as intended. It left a gap in the ink so no. 3 I stamped the long stamp first and then the short stamp and no. 4 I did the reverse – a much better result!
Whenever I talk about cutting my stamps I always tell my listeners if they cut their stamps, they will make their guarantee with Stampin’ Up! null and void because they have deliberately “damaged” their stamps. I don’t worry about my guarantee because I’m totally confident once a stamp has stamped perfectly, the quality won’t deteriorate!
Now you know what the stamp I’ve used for the leaves looks like, have a good look at them in the close-up photograph. I’m sure you’ll agree that, although it’s not perfect, it does fit in well with the effect of the flower infill stamp and it’s way, way better than having uncoloured leaves. The card I made to share today is the Gorgeous Grape card which is my Thank You card stepped up.
Tomorrow I’ll come back and explain how I made the cards and the gifts and an update about Sunday’s video. Before I go, today Stampin’ Up! released the Last Chance List for the current Spring/Summer Mini Catalogue. Earlier today I emailed the four links (four languages – English, French, German and Dutch) to all my customers. The Last Chance sale starts on 1st June 2021 and there are discounts of up to 50%.
If you’re in the UK, the Netherlands, France, Germany or Austria and don’t have a demonstrator you work with, email me if you would like to receive these links. The Last Chance Sale is global but products available will vary between the different markets depending on stock levels. If you haven’t heard from your demonstrator and you would like a link, please contact him/her.
That’s about it from me today. I’ll pop back tomorrow to explain about the cards and gifts. In the meantime, take care and stay safe. Happy crafting.
Products used for this project: please click on any of the links to be taken to my 24/7 online Stampin’ Up! shop. The Hostess Code for MAY 2021 is XDWNBWVM Thank you. xx
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”