Hope you are having a good week! Today's post is a continuation of my story about how I designed a set of projects for my Stamp Clubs while spending time with my Mom while she was in the hospital. To recap, my Mom was admitted to the hospital the week that I had scheduled to design projects and prepare for my Stamp Clubs. I normally design three projects for my Stamp Clubs; each project with a different set of products and purposes. The first two days of my Mom's admission, I was able to complete the first of the three projects, two very basic cards featuring the Apple of My Eye stamp set (Retiring List from the Occasions Catalog). You can see these cards by clicking here. The challenge was to be able to design projects with a minimum of supplies due to the limited work space at the hospital. Also, by the time I completed the first project, it was late on Wednesday and the first Stamp Club meeting was scheduled for Friday evening. I was really feeling pushed and wondering what to do. So on the drive home from the hospital on Wednesday, I did some thinking about my approach to meet my Stamp Club member's needs and support my Mom at the hospital. I had also received a few phone calls and messages from my Stamp Club members about bringing friends to the meetings who were beginner stampers.
What I decided to do was continue with the Apple of My Eye stamp set and make a set of four cards that focused on basic stamping skills. The two cards I had already completed included Retiring stamp sets and accessories; so why not continue the theme? Besides, it never hurts to revisit basic skills from time-to-time -- even with experienced stampers. Now I had a plan! So Wednesday evening I cocooned in my work room and designed this card.
This card begins with a card base of Cherry Cobbler cardstock. A Whisper White panel was randomly stamped with the cherry stems (Apple of My Eye stamp set) using Mossy Meadow ink (Retiring List--Sold Out). Then the cherries were added to the stems using Cherry Cobbler ink. The leaves were added to fill in a few open spaces using Mossy Meadow ink.
Now you'd think that this would be a pretty tame process but that's not what happened. The panel you see here is the 4th version of the panel. Here's what happened:
- Version 1: I stamped the stems and then added the cherries. I looked at the panel and there was a whirlpool of cherry stems at the center of the panel. I didn't see that I had done that until I added the cherries. So that panel was toast.
- Version 2: I stamped the stems paying closer attention to how I was turning the block to make sure there was no whirlpool of stems. This time I put too many stems too close together and when I added the cherries a whole bunch of the cherries overlapped one another. Now it looked like random blobs of cherries. So that panel was toast.
- Version 3: I stamped the stems paying close attention to how I was turning the block AND put more space between the stems. When I added the cherries I was cheering because everything looked pretty balanced. So I began adding the leaves to the cherry stems and stamped way too many leaves. Now the panel looks like blobs of green with red specks. So that panel was toast.
- Version 4: I stamped the stems paying close attention to how I was turning the block AND put more space between the stems. I added the cherries and everything was looking pretty balanced. This time, I only put leaves where there were obvious "holes". SUCCESS!! HOORAY!!
Let me say here that random stamping is one of those basic skills that definitely improves with practice. I shared my experience with my Stamp Club members. They enjoyed the cautionary tale and were mindful of stamp placement when they stamped their stems, cherries and leaves.
To continue with the card, the Whisper White panel was adhered at the center of a slightly larger panel of Mossy Meadow cardstock (Retiring List--Sold Out). The focal point panel was adhered to the card front with the right, top, and left sides of the panel centered to the right, top, and left sides of the card front.
A scrap of Whisper White cardstock was stamped with the "you're just the sweetest" greeting using Basic Black Archival ink and punched out with the 1-3/4" circle punch. The Whisper White circle was adhered to a scrap of Cherry Cobbler cardstock punched with the 2" circle punch. The circles were adhered to a scrap of Mossy Meadow cardstock punched with the 2-3/8" Scallop circle punch (Retiring List). The greeting was adhered to the lower right corner of the focal point panel with Stampin' Dimensionals.
The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock. The stems, cherries, and a leaf were stamped at the lower right corner of the liner using the same color inks used for the card front focal point panel.
The stems, cherries, and a leaf were stamped at the lower left front corner of the Medium Whisper White Envelope using the same color inks used for the card front focal point panel.
That brings us to the final card in the set. Thursday morning I arrived at the hospital to find out that Mom would be released some time during the day. She was feeling a whole lot better and was even doing some reading. I was very pleased to see so much improvement! We talked about the plans for the day after we met with the doctor and decided that I would go back home and get some work done while she met with a couple of folks who would be providing her with some instruction and guidance for her return home. Here's what I designed for the final card.
The mood is a little different for this card, but the design is the same as the other three. This card begins with a card base of Pear Pizzazz. The edges of a panel of Whisper White cardstock were stamped with the rough border image from the Timeless Textures stamp set using Crumb Cake ink. The pear image (Apple of My Eye stamp set) was inked with So Saffron ink and then the edges of the stamp were rolled across the Pear Pizzazz ink pad (Rock & Roll Technique). The pear was stamped slightly above the center of the Whisper White panel. (Note: For best results, use the Stampin' Pierce Mat with solid photopolymer images.) The pear stem was stamped at the top of the pear using Pear Pizzazz ink. The leaf image was stamped along the stem using Pear Pizzazz ink. The brown spots on the pear come from the small splotch image in the Timeless Textures stamp set using Crumb Cake ink.
The Whisper White panel was adhered at the center of a slightly larger Garden Green panel. A piece of Pear Pizzazz 1/4" Cotton ribbon (Retiring List) was wrapped around the focal point panel approximately 1/2" below the bottom of the pear and knotted on the left side of the panel. The focal point panel was adhered to the card front with the right, top, and left edges of the focal point panel centered to the right, top, and left edges of the card front.
The "thank you" greeting was stamped on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock using Garden Green ink and punched out with the 1-3/8" circle punch. The edges of the circle were sponged with Crumb Cake ink. A scrap of So Saffron cardstock was punched with the 1-3/4" Scallop circle punch and the edges of the punched cardstock sponged with Crumb Cake ink. The Whisper White circle was adhered at the center of the So Saffron scallop circle and then adhered at the lower right corner of the focal point panel using Stampin' Dimensionals.
The inside sentiment area of the card base was lined with a piece of Whisper White cardstock. The edges of the cardstock were stamped with the rough border image using Crumb Cake ink.
The rough border image was stamped along the left front edge of the Medium Whisper White envelope using Crumb Cake ink. The "thank you" greeting was stamped at the lower left front corner of the envelope using Garden Green ink.
I was really worried that my Stamp Club members would be disappointed with the projects but they were really happy to have the simple projects and revisit the basics. I was surprised to find out that some were not familiar with the Rock & Roll Technique or that when random stamping it's important to turn the block to rotate the image. The simplicity of the projects were a good fit for the visiting beginner stampers and they were tickled to find that they could create a number of cards using just a few supplies.
The best part of all was that Mom was able to return home to continue healing. Once she was home, my brother and a nephew were able to keep track of Mom while I focused on my Stamp Clubs Friday evening, Saturday morning, and Sunday afternoon. I was very thankful that all turned out well.
Supplies I used for these cards --
Stamps: Apple of My Eye; Inks: Basic Black Archival, Cherry Cobbler, Mossy Meadow; Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Mossy Meadow, Whisper White; Adhesives: Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools: Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, 1-3/4" circle punch, 2" circle punch, 2-3/8" Scallop circle punch; Other: Medium Whisper White Envelope
Stamps: Apple of My Eye, Timeless Textures; Inks: Crumb Cake, Garden Green, Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron; Cardstock: Garden Green, Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron, Whisper White; Embellishments: Pear Pizzazz 1/4" Cotton ribbon; Adhesives: Fast Fuse, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools: Stampin' Trimmer, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Bone Folder, Paper Snips, Sponge, 1-3/8" circle punch, 1-3/4" Scallop circle punch; Other: Medium Whisper White Envelope