I created today’s card using the Shaded Summer Stamp Set and used a technique I haven’t used for a little while. The two main images in this stamp set, stamp well as one colour because there is a lot of area on the larger flowers where the colour is solid. For me, these two images cry out to have the stamps painted with our Stampin’ Write Markers which is a technique I’ve always enjoyed. The disadvantage was that it was a bit of a hit and miss technique if the stamps hadn’t been painted enough because you only had one shot at it!
This is when the Stamparatus really comes into its own! If the stamps haven’t been painted enough or if you’d prefer the colours to be darker, you just repaint the stamps and stamp down again. For both images I stamped three times and the sentiment twice. This technique doubles the uses for this stamp set and I have other ideas that would suit the Shaded Summer Stamp Set which I will share with you in the not too distant future. If you’ve checked this stamp set out in the main catalogue (155783 page 75) you will see that there aren’t any matching dies!
However, matching dies are available as a level 2 gift in the Sale-a-bration brochure (page 13). Not only are there dies to cut out the two main images I’ve used on today’s cards, but there are also dies to cut stand-alone flower bases with matching outline die cuts that can be adhered onto the bases. There is also a solid three leaf die and an outline three leaf die that can be layered together. The last three dies are a stand alone flower, a stand-alone double leaf and one die for the small leaf stamp image. Occasionally, Stampin’ Up! carry forward a product from Sale-a-bration until the end of the current annual catalogue but there hasn’t been any hint or suggestion about this being a possibility.
If you’re as impressed with this twosome as I am, get the dies sooner rather than later in case it “sells” out during Sale-a-bration and I’m totally wrong even thinking about the possibility of them being carried forward! By the way, I used Highland Heather and Granny Apple Green to colour both my images and the sentiment. I cut the sentiment out freehand which I’ve done several times recently! The two pieces of Designer Series Paper (DSP) are from the Hostess gift on page 171 (155426).
I can’t remember Stampin’ Up! offering DSP as a Hostess gift before but I could be wrong. The pack is called Pattern Party and is a 12″ x 12″ pack of 48 sheets – 4 each of 12 double-sided designs. All the designs on the reverse side are in black and white. I’ve used the black with white spots and white with black outline flowers which I coloured using the Highland Heather Stampin’ Write Marker. All my card pieces are the same sizes as my regular cards with the centre strip being 2″ by 3¾”.
The image and sentiment on the front of the card have been popped up with Dimensionals and I added a Gorgeous Grape Sheer Ribbon bow on the stem. Using Tombow, I adhered the second image in the bottom right-hand corner inside the card. To finish off, I painted two large and one medium Basic Rhinestones and adhered them in the centre of the die-cut flowers. Please take a close look at how I’ve painted the flowers on the DSP. I’ve kept it quite “rough” which I think makes it look more professional than having solid colour. What do you think?
That’s it from me today. I’ll be back soon and in the meantime, please 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 AUGUST 2021 is YHUYPFGY 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”