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Stamp Review Crew Bonus Hop -- Carols of Christmas

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Hello!  Welcome to the Stamp Review Crew Bonus Blog Hop featuring the Carols of Christmas stamp set and coordinating Card Front Builder Thinlits.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  The Carols of Christmas stamp set and Card Front Builder Thinlits (available separately or as a Bundle) is a sneak peek from the Holiday Catalog that will be available for purchase on August 1st to help you get a head start on your Christmas projects.  

The Stamp Review Crew is an international group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who gather for a blog hop the first and third Mondays of the month to review a single stamp set.  The number of participants varies from hop to hop, but the ideas are plentiful as we take a stamp set through its paces.  By the time you've traveled through the hop, you are sure to find a number of innovative ways to use the featured stamp set.  So sit back, relax, and get ready to start pinning ideas to your Pinterest board!

To see the line up of artists for this Bonus hop, click here.  If you've already joined the hop and are traveling forward, you've arrived from Rochelle Blok's blog where you were presented with an amazing project to inspire your creativity.  If you're traveling backwards through the hop, you've seen Dawn Tidd's project and are ready to CASE! (Copy And Share Everything)

I have three projects to share with you.

My first card features what I consider the classic Christmas colors of Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green.  The card base uses Thick Whisper White cardstock.

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Supplies I used for this project -- 

Stamps:  Carols of Christmas, Holly Berry Happiness; Inks:  Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green; Stampin' Write Markers:  Regals (Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green); Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler, Thick Whisper White, Whisper White; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Multipurpose Liquid, Mini Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Big Shot w/Multipurpose Platform and Magnetic Platform, Holly Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Layering Squares Framelits

My second card features one of the 2017-2019 In Colors, Fresh Fig, paired with Copper.  The card base for this card is Thick Very Vanilla cardstock.

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Supplies I used for this project -- 

Stamps:  Carols of Christmas, Star of Light; Inks:  Fresh Fig, Versamark; Cardstock:  Fresh Fig, Thick Very Vanilla, Very Vanilla, Copper Foil Sheets; Embellishments:  Copper Trim; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Embossing Buddy, Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform, Stitched Shapes Framelits

My third card isn't a Christmas card; it's a Friendship card featuring the Card Front Builder Thinlits to create a Winter scene

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Supplies I used for this project -- 

Stamps:  Special Celebrations; Inks:  Early Espresso; Cardstock:  Always Artichoke, Early Espresso, Garden Green, Very Vanilla, Shimmery White, Silver Foil Sheets; Designer Series Paper:  Wood Textures Pack; Embellishments:  Metallic Enamel Shapes; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Multipurpose Liquid; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Big Shot w/Multipurpose Platform and Magnetic Platform, Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Card Front Builder Thinlits

I'll be sharing the how-to's for these projects very soon, so be sure to return to see the liners for the inside sentiment areas for each of these projects and the coordinating decorated envelopes.  

Be sure to visit all the stops on this Bonus hop to find more ideas for using the images included in the Carols of Christmas stamp set and the Card Front Builder Thinlits for your projects.  Just click on the NEXT or PREVIOUS buttons below to continue.

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Here's the listing of all the artists on the hop:

  1. Valerie Moody   
  2. Rochelle Blok   
  3. Mickey Roberts
  4. Dawn Tidd   
  5. Twila Davis
  6. Tanya Boser   
  7. Bronwyn Eastley  

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Peace This Christmas -- A Remake

Hi There!

I hope that you had a good week and are looking forward to a fun Summer weekend.  In this area, there's lots of Back To School shopping going on as the kids are returning to school in a couple of weeks.

Today's post is a remake of a Christmas card that I designed for my Stamp Clubs last year using the Peace This Christmas stamp set--you'll see that card at the bottom of this post.  Fortunately, this stamp set carried over to the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog as I just love the images and script used for this stamp set.  The card you see here is identical in design to the one made in 2016.  The remake replaces Retired items with Current items--I'll identify those when you see the original card.

When I design Christmas cards, I look for a simple design that lends itself to easy reproduction but still contains lots of pretty eye-catching elements.  If the card is mail-able with one stamp that's a huge bonus.  I think this card hits all the criteria.

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This card begins with a card base of Cherry Cobbler cardstock.  A piece of Be Merry Designer Series Paper was adhered along the left side of a panel of Garden Green cardstock with the top, left, and bottom edges of the Designer Series Paper 1/8" from the top, left, and bottom edges of the panel.

The "Peace Joy & Love" image was stamped on a piece of Whisper White cardstock using Cherry Cobbler ink.  The evergreen sprig was stamped below the "Love" using Garden Green ink.  The cardstock was die cut with the Big Shot using a plain edge oval die (2-3/8" x 3-1/4") from the Layering Ovals Framelits.  The plain oval was matted with a Cherry Cobbler scallop oval die cut with the Big Shot using the corresponding scallop oval layering die (2-5/8" x 3-1/2") from the Layering Ovals Framelits.  The same scallop oval die was used to die cut a piece of Gold Foil Sheets.  This die cut was adhered behind the Cherry Cobbler die cut so that 1/8" of the Gold Foil scallop oval extends beyond the left side of the Cherry Cobbler scallop oval.  The oval layers were adhered to the card front centered between the left and right sides and just a smidge above center (the bottom edge of the Cherry Cobbler scallop oval is 1" above the bottom edge of the Garden Green mat.

The Embossing Buddy was swiped across a piece of Whisper White cardstock and the pine cone image stamped on the cardstock twice using Versamark ink (re-inking the stamp prior to stamping the second time).  The images were covered in Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder, the excess tapped back into the container, and the powder melted with the Heat Tool.  The pine cones were cut out with Paper Snips.  The stems of the pine cones were adhered at the center of the evergreen sprig using Mini Glue Dots.  A piece of Gold 1/8" ribbon was tied into a bow and adhered over the top of the stems using a rolled up Mini Glue Dot.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The "May all your Christmas wishes come true" sentiment was stamped at the upper center of the liner using Cherry Cobbler ink.  The sprig of mistletoe tied with a bow image was inked with the brush tip of the Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Write Marker for the mistletoe, Garden Green Stampin' Write Marker for the bow, and Wild Wasabi Stampin' Write Marker for the greenery.  The image was stamped to the left of "May".  [Tip:  When inking images with Stampin' Write Markers, be sure to "huff" on the stamp to remoisten the ink prior to stamping.]

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The sprig of mistletoe tied with a bow was stamped at the center of the Medium Whisper White Envelope flap using the same inks as used for the liner.

Here is the card I designed for the Stamp Clubs in 2016.

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It's pretty easy to identify the differences:

  • The This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper used for the 2016 card is now Retired (2016-2017 Annual Catalog)
  • The card base, panel, and focal point mat colors are reversed as the Designer Series Paper for the 2016 card had a Garden Green background color and the Designer Series Paper for the 2017 card has a Cherry Cobbler background
  • The cardstock used for the focal point, pine cone, and liner (not shown) is Very Vanilla
  • The envelope used for the 2016 card (not shown) is Very Vanilla
  • The Stampin' Write Marker used for the greenery on the sprig stamped on the liner and envelope flap (not shown) uses Mint Macaron ink which is now Retired

The Be Merry Designer Series Paper has background sheets in Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green.  So if you decided to use a predominantly Garden Green background paper all you need to do is swap the card base, large panel, and focal point mat colors.  That gives you the potential for quite a few cards when you purchase the Designer Series Paper and the coordinating cardstock package.

Card Measurements for the 2017 card -- 

Cherry Cobbler:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length, 3" x 4"; Garden Green:  4" x 5-1/4"; Whisper White:  3" x 4", 2" x 3", 4" x 5-1/4"; Gold Foil Sheets:  3" x 4"; Be Merry Designer Series Paper:  2" x 5"; Gold 1/8" ribbon:  6"

Card Measurements for the 2016 card -- 

Cherry Cobbler:  4" x 5-1/4"; Garden Green:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length, 3" x 4"; Very Vanilla:  3" x 4", 2" x 3", 4" x 5-1/4"; Gold Foil Sheets:  3" x 4"; This Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper:  2" x 5"; Gold 1/8" ribbon:  6"

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Supplies I used for the first displayed card --

Stamps:  Peace This Christmas; Inks:  Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Versamark; Stampin' Write Markers:  Regals (Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green); Subtles (Wild Wasabi); Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Whisper White, Gold Foil Sheets; Designer Series Paper:  Be Merry; Embellishments:  Gold 1/8" ribbon; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Embossing Buddy, Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform, Layering Ovals Framelits; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope

Supplies I used for the second displayed card -- 

Stamps:  Peace This Christmas; Inks:  Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Versamark; Stampin' Write Markers:  Regals (Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green); [Retired] 2015-2017 In Color (MInt Macaron); Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Very Vanilla, Gold Foil Sheets; Designer Series Paper:  [Retired] This Christmas Specialty; Embellishments:  Gold 1/8" ribbon; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Embossing Buddy, Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform, Layering Ovals Framelits; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope


Seaside Shore -- Ahoy, There!

Hello!

Today's post is a follow up to last week's Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Seaside Shore stamp set.  To see a line up of the Stampin' Up! Artists who participated in the hop, click here.  To begin the hop, click here.

One of the first things you think of when you see the images included with the Seaside Shore stamp set is an underwater scene.  For this card, I decided to watch the fish swim through an aquarium window.

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This card begins with a card base of Basic Gray cardstock.  A piece of Very Vanilla cardstock was embossed with the Big Shot using the Seaside Textured Impressions embossing folder (with the squiggly wave lines going horizontal).  Pool Party ink was lightly sponged across the squiggly wave lines to bring them into higher relief.  The three fish images were stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock using Calypso Coral for the Tang, Tranquil Tide for the Angelfish, and Basic Gray for the Moorish Idol.  Wink of Stella Glitter Brush was brushed over the vanilla areas of the Moorish Idol and Angelfish and over the striped fin areas of the Tang.  Once the Wink of Stella dried, the fish were cut out with Paper Snips.  The sea grass image was stamped twice on Very Vanilla cardstock using Lemon Lime Twist ink.  A Blender Pen was used to color the sea grass images with Lemon Lime Twist ink squeezed to the inside top of the ink pad lid.  Wink of Stella Glitter Brush was brushed over the sea grass images.  The sea grass was cut out with Paper Snips once the Wink of Stella dried.

The sea grass images were adhered along the bottom right edge of the embossed Very Vanilla cardstock using Mini Glue Dots.  Mini Glue Dots were used to adhere the Moorish Idol fish among the leaves of the sea grass, the Tang to the left of the sea grass, and the Angelfish above the sea grass with the top fin of the Angelfish 3/8" below the top edge of the cardstock.  A piece of Window Sheets cut to the same size as the cardstock was adhered over the scene using Mini Glue Dots.

Strips of Silver Foil Sheets were adhered along the left and right edges of the Window Sheets using Mini Glue Dots with the outer edge of the Silver Foil Sheets extending 1/16" beyond the outer edge of the Window Sheets.  Two strips of Silver Foil Sheets were cut the width of the scene (including the Silver Foil Sheets strips adhered along the right and left sides) with the ends cut at 45 degree angles toward the center and adhered along the top and bottom edges of the scene using Mini Glue Dots to complete the window frame.  The framed aquarium window was adhered at the center of the card front.

The "Hoping Your Day Goes Swimmingly" greeting was inked with the brush tip of the Tranquil Tide Stampin' Write Marker for the "Hoping", "Day Goes", and "Swimmingly", the Calypso Coral Stampin' Write Marker for "Your", and the Lemon LIme Twist Stampin' Write Marker for the water drops to the left of "Your" and to the right of "Goes" then stamped on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  [Tips:  1.  When inking images with Stampin' Write Markers, use the side of the brush tip for more consistent application of ink to the stamp image.  2.  Be sure to exhale over the inked image - "huff" - before stamping to make sure that all of the ink is moistened.]  The greeting was die cut with the Big Shot using the Layering Ovals Framelits (1-7/8" x 2-3/4").  The greeting was matted with piece of Calypso Coral cardstock die cut with the Big Shot using a scalloped oval die from the Layering Ovals Framelits (2-1/8" x 3").  The two die cuts were adhered together and then adhered to the Window Sheets along the left side of the window frame with the top of the matted greeting 1-1/4" from the top of the window frame.

The "Ahoy, There!" banner was stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock using Lemon Lime Twist ink and cut out with Paper Snips.  The banner was adhered just above the top of the matted greeting using Mini Stampin' Dimensionals (one placed behind the "A" in "Ahoy" and the other placed above and behind the "E!" of "There!".

Once I completed this card, I had it sitting on my work table for a couple of days and realized that adding a few of the clear iridescent sequins here and there to the embossed cardstock for bubbles would have been a neat touch.  Another thought that occurred to me was that this window frame would have made a cute Shaker Card using the iridescent sequins.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  Another aquarium window was created using the same process as used for the card front with the exceptions that:

  • A plain oval from the Layering Ovals Framelits (2-1/8" x 3") was used to cut a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock prior to embossing with the Big Shot using the Seaside Textured Impressions embossing folder
  • The same plain oval was used to die cut a piece of Window Sheets to cover the scene.  Rolled up Mini Glue Dots were used to adhere the Window Sheets to the cardstock
  • The window frame was created with two Layering Ovals Framelits placed one inside the other to cut a piece of Silver Foil Sheets (2-1/8" x 3" for the outside and 1-7/8" x 2-3/4" for the inside).  The frame was adhered to the Window Sheets with rolled up Mini Glue Dots

The aquarium window was adhered near the upper center of the liner.  The "Congrats" banner was created using the Banners for You stamp set.  The banner was stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock using Basic Gray ink.  The "Congrats" greeting was stamped inside the banner using Calypso Coral ink. [Tip:  The Banners for You stamp set is a photopolymer stamp set.  The best stamping images are achieved when you place a Stampin' Pierce Mat underneath the cardstock prior to stamping.]  The banner was die cut with the Big Shot using the corresponding banner framelit from the Bunch of Banners Framelits.  The banner was adhered below the window using Stampin' Dimensionals.

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The three fish images were randomly stamped over the back flap of a Medium Very Vanilla Envelope.  Calypso Coral ink for the Tang, Tranquil Tide ink for the Angelfish, and Basic Gray ink for the Moorish Idol.  The bubbles were randomly stamped in the open areas using Pool Party ink.  [Tip:  Place a piece of copy paper between the envelope flap and the body of the envelope to ensure that images are stamped only on the envelope flap.]

The neat thing about this card is that it works for folks of all ages.  Just change the message on the banner inside the card to make it specific to an event or just to say "hello".

Card Measurements -- 

Basic Gray:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Calypso Coral:  2-1/4" x 3-1/4"; Very Vanilla:  2@ 4" x 5-1/4", 2-1/4" x 3-1/4", 1" x 2", 4 @ 1-1/2" x 2", 4 @ 1-1/2" x 2-1/2", 1-1/4" x 3-1/2"; Silver Foil Sheets:  2-1/4" x 3-1/4", 2 @ 1/4" x 5-1/2", 2 @ 1/4" x 4-1/4"; Window Sheets:  4" x 5-1/4", 2-1/4" x 3-1/4"

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Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Seaside Shore, Banners For You; Inks:  Basic Gray Archival, Calypso Coral, Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide, Pool Party, Wink of Stella Glitter Brush; Stampin' Write Markers:  2017-2019 In Color (Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide), Subtles (Calypso Coral); Cardstock:  Basic Gray, Calypso Coral, Very Vanilla, Silver Foil Sheets, Window Sheets; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Blender Pens, Sponge, Big Shot w/Multipurpose Platform and Magnetic Platform, Seaside Textured Impressions embossing folder, Layering Ovals Framelits, Bunch of Banners Framelits; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope


Seaside Shore -- I Love To Talk To You

Hi There!  Thanks for stopping by to visit!

Today's post is a followup to last week's Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Seaside Shore stamp set.  To see the line up of Stampin' Up! Artists who participated in the hop, click here.  To begin the hop, click here.

One of the stampers that inspires me is good friend and Stampin' Up! Artisan, Tanya Boser.  [Tanya is also the driving force behind the Stamp Review Crew.]  She frequently uses stamp images to create repetitive backgrounds that are fun and eye-catching.  When you look at the images in the Seaside Shore stamp set, you immediately think of an aquatic scene.  For this card, I wanted to create a background that enhanced a simple focal point.

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This card begins with a card base of Fresh Fig cardstock.  A panel of Crumb Cake cardstock was swiped with the Embossing Buddy and stamped with rows of the large scallop shell and large starfish images from the Seaside Shore stamp set using Versamark ink.  The images were covered with Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder, the excess powder tapped back into the container, and the embossing powder melted with the Heat Tool.  The panel was matted with a slightly larger piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.

The "I Love To Talk To You About Anything Or Nothing" greeting, from the So Many Shells stamp set, was stamped on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock using Fresh Fig ink.  The greeting was die cut with the Big Shot using the Lots of Labels Framelits (1-3/4" x 2-7/8").  A piece of Fresh Fig cardstock was die cut with the same Lots of Labels die used for the greeting.  The Fresh Fig die was cut in half vertically and each half adhered behind the left and right ends of the greeting die cut so that 1/8" of the Fresh Fig die cut extends beyond the right and left ends of the Very Vanilla die cut, aligning the top and bottom edges of the Fresh Fig die with the Very Vanilla greeting die.  The 1/8" handheld circle punch was used to punch holes 1/8" from the right and left ends of the Very Vanilla greeting die.  

Stampin' Dimensionals were placed at the four corners of the back of the die.  Copper Trim was folded in half and the loop inserted into the left hole in the die and the ends pulled through the loop.  The die was adhered at the center of the Crumb Cake panel and the ends were wrapped around the back of the Very Vanilla panel to the front of the Crumb Cake panel and then inserted into the hole on the right side of the die (with the ends of the Copper Trim coming up from behind the die).  The ends of the Copper Trim were tied into a bow on top of the greeting die cut.  The panel was adhered at the center of the card front.

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The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  The "That's What Makes You Really Something" sentiment was stamped at the upper center of the liner using Fresh Fig ink.  A large scallop shell, and the large and small starfish images were stamped on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock using Versamark (swipe the cardstock with the Embossing Buddy first).  The images were covered with Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder, the excess tapped back into the container, and the embossing powder melted with the Heat Tool.  The embossed images were cut out with Paper Snips and adhered around the greeting with Mini Glue Dots (the Mini Glue Dots were rolled up for the starfish images).  Note that you could stamp the images directly onto the liner; however, you want to make sure the Fresh Fig ink used for the sentiment is completely dry before swiping the embossing buddy over the liner prior to stamping the images.

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The large and small scallop shell images and large and small starfish images were randomly stamped over the back flap of the Medium Very Vanilla Envelope using Fresh Fig ink.  Be sure to place a piece of copy paper between the envelope flap and the body of the envelope to ensure that the images are stamped only on the envelope flap.

I'll be back in a couple of days with the instructions for creating an aquatic scene with the Seaside Shore stamp set.  I hope you'll stop by to visit.

Card measurements -- 

Fresh Fig:  5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4" along the 8-1/2" length, 2-1/2" x 3-1/2"; Crumb Cake:  3-3/4" x 5"; Very Vanilla:  2-1/2" x 3-1/2", 2" x 2", 2 @ 4" x 5-1/4"; Copper Trim:  30"

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Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Seaside Shore, So Many Shells; Inks:  Fresh Fig, Versamark; Cardstock:  Crumb Cake, Fresh Fig, Very Vanilla; Embellishments:  Copper Trim; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Mini Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, 1/8" handheld circle punch, Embossing Buddy, Copper Stampin' Emboss Powder, Heat Tool, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform, Lots of Labels Framelits; Other:  Medium Very Vanilla Envelope


Bunch of Blossoms -- You Matter To Me

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Today's post provides the how-to's for making one of the projects created for last weekend's Inky Friends Blog Hop featuring the 2017-2019 In Colors.  To see a line up of the Stampin' Up! Artists who participated in the hop, click here.  To begin the hop, click here.  The color I chose to highlight was Powder Pink.  

This is the first project I made for the blog hop and it was a bit more detailed than I had envisioned but I'm very pleased with how it turned out.  Sometimes you just need to go with the creative flow to see where it leads you.  I will warn you though, get comfy...this is probably the longest post I've ever written as there are a boat load of details to this card. 

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This card begins with a card base of Powder Pink.  The 6-flower stamp from the Background Bits Host stamp set was randomly stamped all over the card front using Versamark ink.

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The background piece for the card front begins with a piece of Watercolor Paper lightly spritzed with water (lightly blot off any water puddles with a paper towel).  The Brushstrokes background stamp was inked with Powder Pink ink, stamped on a scrap piece of paper, and then stamped onto the Watercolor Paper.  

The remainder of the stamping on the Watercolor Paper uses the Background Bits Host stamp set using Sweet Sugarplum ink.  Stamp the row of medallions image across the bottom of the Watercolor Paper with the bottom edge of the image 1/2" above the bottom edge of the Watercolor Paper.  Ink the 6-flower image, stamp off, and then stamp at the right side of the paper immediately above the row of medallions; re-ink, stamp off, and stamp just slightly above center along the left edge of the paper; and re-ink, stamp off, and stamp at the upper right corner of the paper (most of the image is off the paper).  Ink the rows of script image, stamp off, and stamp along the left side of the paper just below center with the bottom of the image 1/2" above the row of medallions and about 1/3 of the image off the paper.  Re-ink the rows of script image, stamp off, and stamp along the right edge of the paper with the top of the image 7/8" below the top edge of the paper and about 1/5 of the image off the paper.  Mat the Watercolor Paper (when it's completely dry) with a slightly larger piece of Sweet Sugarplum cardstock.

Using the Decorative Ribbon Border punch, punch a piece of Silver Foil Sheets just slightly longer than the right edge of the Sweet Sugarplum mat and trim the ends with Paper Snips to round them with the pattern of the punched images.  Adhere the punched border behind the right edge of the Sweet Sugarplum mat.  Adhere the background piece to the card front with the top and right sides of the Sweet Sugarplum mat 1/2" from the top and right edges of the card front.

Now it's time to make the flower.  The Bunch of Blossoms stamp set is a photopolymer set that allows you to add layers of color to a single image.  [Tip:  To achieve the best stamping results, always use the Stampin' Pierce Mat below the cardstock when stamping with photopolymer stamps.]  

Stamp 6 large flower petals on Whisper White cardstock using Powder Pink ink:

  • Ink the large petal solid image, stamp off on a piece of scrap paper, and stamp on the cardstock
  • Ink the large petal partial solid image and stamp directly over the large petal solid image
  • Ink the large petal outline image and stamp directly over the two previous images (lining up with the large solid image)
  • Punch out the petals using the large petal part of the Blossom Builder punch
  • Using a bone folder, curl the outside edges of the petals down and the points of the petals up

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Punch a 1" circle from Whisper White cardstock and adhere three petals in a triangular pattern.

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Adhere three more petals in a triangular pattern to cover the remaining white space on the punched circle.

Stamp 5 small flower petals on Whisper White cardstock using Powder Pink ink:

  • Ink the small petal solid image, stamp off on a piece of scrap paper, and stamp on the cardstock
  • Ink the small petal partial solid image and stamp directly over the large petal solid image
  • Ink the small petal outline image and stamp directly over the two previous images (lining up with the small solid image)
  • Punch out the petals using the small petal part of the Blossom Builder punch
  • Using a bone folder, curl the outside edges of the petals down and the points of the petals up

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Adhere the small petals side-by-side at the center of the flower.  Ink the solid star center shape with Sweet Sugarplum ink, stamp off, and stamp on Whisper White cardstock.  Ink the star center outline shape with Sweet Sugarplum ink and stamp directly over the star center solid shape.  Punch out using the star shape from the Blossom Builder punch and adhere at the center of the flower.  Ink the solid round center shape with Sweet Sugarplum ink, stamp off and stamp on Whisper White cardstock.  Ink the center dots image with Sweet Sugarplum ink and stamp at the center of the solid round center image, re-ink and stamp at the center again.  Punch out using the round center shape from the Blossom Builder punch and adhere at the center of the flower.

Adhere a medium sized silver Metallic Foil Doily at the upper right corner of the Watercolor Paper.  Adhere the flower at the center of the doily.

Using Lemon Lime Twist ink, stamp the leaves (3 large leaves and two small leaves) and the stem on Whisper White cardstock:

  • Ink the large leaf solid image, stamp off, and stamp on cardstock
  • Ink large leaf outline image and stamp directly over the large leaf solid image
  • Cut out large leaves with Paper Snips
  • Use Bone folder to curl one side of the leaves up and the opposite side of the leaves down
  • Adhere the large leaves around the flower by applying adhesive to the bottom tips of the leaves and sliding under the bottom layer of large flower petals; two on the right side of the flower and one on the lower left side of the flower
  • Ink the solid stem image, stamp off, and stamp on cardstock
  • Ink the line stem image and stamp directly over the solid stem image
  • Use Paper Snips to cut out stem
  • Adhere stem below flower using Fine Tip Glue Pen, sliding the tip of the stem under the bottom row of large flower petals
  • Ink the small leaf solid image, stamp off, and stamp on cardstock
  • Ink the small leaf outline image and stamp directly over the small leaf solid image
  • Punch out the leaves using the small leaf shape on the Blossom Builder punch
  • Using Bone Folder, roll the sides of the leaves down and the bottom point of the leaf up
  • Adhere small leaves to stem using Mini Glue Dots

The "you matter" and "to me" greetings, from the Bunch of Blossoms stamp set, were stamped on Whisper White cardstock using Sweet Sugarplum ink.  The greeting was punched out using the 1" circle punch and matted with a piece of Sweet Sugarplum cardstock die cut with the Big Shot using the smallest scallop circle from the Layering Circles Framelits.  A silver heart from the Metallic Enamel Shapes was placed to the right of "me".  The greeting was adhered near the lower right corner of the background piece using Stampin' Dimensionals with the right edge of the matted greeting 1/8" from the right edge of the Watercolor Paper and the bottom edge of the matted greeting level with the bottom edge of the row of stamped medallions.

BunchOfBlossoms_YouMatterToMe_Liner

The inside sentiment area was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock.  The 6-flower image from the Background Bits Host stamp set was inked with Powder Pink, stamped off and stamped twice near the upper center of the liner.  The "Grateful for a friend like you" sentiment, from the Bunch of Blossoms stamp set, was stamped at the upper center of the liner using Sweet Sugarplum ink.

A strip of Whisper White cardstock was stamped to resemble the background piece on the card front:

  • The Brushstrokes background stamp was inked with Powder Pink ink, stamped off, and stamped on the cardstock
  • The row of medallions (Background Bits) was stamped across the bottom of the cardstock using Sweet Sugarplum ink with the bottom of the image 1/8" above the bottom edge of the cardstock
  • The 6-flower image (Background Bits) was inked with Sweet Sugarplum ink, stamped off, and randomly stamped across the cardstock; re-inking and stamping off for each stamping
  • The rows of script image (Background Bits) was inked with Sweet Sugarplum ink, stamped off, and stamped at the left side of the cardstock with 3/4 of the image off the paper
  • The rows of script image was inked again, stamped off, and stamped at the right side of the cardstock with 1/2 of the image off the paper

A piece of Silver Foil Sheets was punched with the Decorative Ribbon Border punch and adhered along the top of the cardstock, trimming the left and right sides of the punched border flush with the cardstock.  A narrow strip of Sweet Sugarplum cardstock was adhered over the top of the punched border, trimming the left and right sides of the punched border flush with the cardstock.  The cardstock strip was adhered to the liner, aligning the bottom, left, and right edges of the cardstock with the bottom, left, and right edges of the liner.

BunchOfBlossoms_YouMatterToMe_Envelope

The row of medallions (Background Bits) was stamped vertically along the left front of the Medium Whisper White Envelope.  The 6-flower image was stamped over the row of medallions using Powder Pink ink.

If you've made it this far I congratulate you!  I don't know about you, but I'm tired!  And I was tired when I finished making this card, but at the same time, I felt energized with the beautiful results.  I know that when I gift this card the message conveyed by the card will have a significant impact on the recipient of the card.  And that makes the effort worthwhile.

Card Measurements -- 

Powder Pink:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Sweet Sugarplum:  3-1/4" x 4-1/4", 1-1/2" x 1-1/2", 1/4" x 4"; Whisper White:  1-1/2" x 1-1/2", 1-1/2" x 8-1/2" (lg petals), 1-1/2" x 5-1/2" (sm petals & centers), 1-1/2" x 5-1/2" (leaves), 3/4" x 3" (stem), 4" x 5-1/4", 1-1/4" x 4"; Watercolor Paper:  3" x 4"; Silver Foil Sheets:  2 @ 1" x 5"

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used to make this card -- 

Stamps:  Bunch of Blossoms, Brushstrokes, Background Bits (Host); Inks:  Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink, Sweet Sugarplum, Versamark; Cardstock:  Powder Pink, Sweet Sugarplum, Whisper White, Silver Foil Sheets, Watercolor Paper; Embellishments:  Metallic Enamel Shapes, Metallic Foil Doilies; Adhesives:  Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots, Fine Tip Glue Pen; Tools:  Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, 1" circle punch, Blossom Builder punch, Decorative Ribbon Border punch, Big Shot w/Magnetic Platform, Layering Circles Framelits; Other:  Medium Whisper White Envelope