Hello! Welcome to the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop featuring the Sweet Strawberry stamp set. Thanks so much for stopping by!
The Stamp Review Crew is an international group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators who gather for a blog hop the first, third, and (sometimes the fifth) 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 week's hop, click here. If you've already joined the hop and are traveling forward, you've arrived from Jay's blog where you were presented with an amazing project to inspire your creativity. This is the last stop on the hop, so if you're traveling backwards through the hop, you'll be traveling to the first stop on the hop to see Heidi's beautiful project.
When the Sweet Strawberry bundle was introduced in January, it had a coordinating Designer Series Paper package that you could earn for free during Sale-A-Bration. I made a few projects with the bundle and Designer Series Paper, but haven't touched the bundle since the Designer Series Paper retired as I had been focusing on other stamp sets from the January - June Mini Catalog and the 2021-2022 Annual Catalog. I'm tickled that the Stamp Review Crew added this really "sweet" bundle to the hop list so that I could have a chance to play with it again.
My last couple of posts featured coloring with Stampin' Blends Markers. While I'm in the coloring groove, I decided to do some watercoloring.
This card begins with a panel of Watercolor Paper. The strawberry blossom image was stamped twice--the flowers facing up and the flowers facing down--using Staz-On Jet Black ink. TIP: When using Staz-On ink with Photopolymer stamps be sure to clean the stamps IMMEDIATELY to removed the Staz-On residue. DO NOT use Staz-On cleaner with Photopolymer stamps as the solvent in the cleaner does not react well with the finish on the photopolymer stamps. Instead, use Stampin' Mist cleaner and the Stampin' Scrub. Stamp the strawberry outline image four (4) times on a strip of Watercolor Paper and the strawberry stems four (4) times on a strip of Watercolor Paper using Staz-On Jet Black ink to stamp all the images.
The rounded tip Water Painter was used with Brushing Bride re-inker diluted with clear water to paint the strawberry blossoms and the strawberries. The rounded tip Water Painter was used with Poppy Parade re-inker diluted with clear water to cover the speckled areas of the strawberries and the centers of the strawberry blossoms. The rounded tip Water Painter was used with Old Olive re-inker diluted with clear water to cover the leaves and strawberry stems. The detail tip Water Painter was used with the diluted Old Olive re-inker to line along the stems of the leaves and blossoms, and the strawberry stems. The detail tip Water Painter was used with Garden Green re-inker diluted with clear water to detail the leaves and strawberry stems. The images were allowed to dry and then the strawberries and strawberry stems were punched with the Strawberry Builder punch. Note that I used Paper Snips to remove the extra white area around the punched images. The detailed tip Water Painter was used to pick up diluted Blushing Bride reinker and then tapped with a fingertip over the Watercolor Paper panel to scatter Blushing Bride droplets over the panel.
When the Watercolor Paper panel was completely dry, it was matted with a slightly larger panel of Poppy Parade cardstock. The panels were adhered at the center of the Blushing Bride card front. A strawberry stem was adhered at the top of each strawberry using Multipurpose Liquid adhesive. Two strawberries were adhered directly to the Watercolor Paper panel along the stem line between the groupings of leaves and blossoms; one on each side of the images. A third strawberry was adhered between the first two strawberries using Stampin' Dimensionals for the strawberry and a dot of Multipurpose Liquid adhesive to attach the tip of all the stems to the longer stem of the leaves and blossoms.
The "Thank You" greeting was stamped on a strip of Blushing Bride cardstock using Poppy Parade ink. The right end of the strip was punched with the banner tail slot of the Banners Pick A Punch. The left end of a piece of Fine Art ribbon was folded under with a Mini Glue Dot under the fold. The right end of the ribbon was cut to create a banner tail. The ribbon was adhered to the Watercolor Panel with the fold of the ribbon overhanging the left edge of the Watercolor Panel. The top edge of the ribbon is 1/2" below the top edge of the Watercolor Panel. The Blushing Bride greeting was adhered over the ribbon with the left end of the greeting flush with the left edge of the Watercolor Panel. The top edge of the greeting strip is 7/16" below the top edge of the Watercolor Panel.
Three Pale Papaya Genial Gems were adhered to the Watercolor Panel to create a visual triangle.
A different type of watercoloring was used for the inside sentiment area of the card.
The strawberry blossoms with leaves image was stamped at the upper left corner of the Basic White cardstock panel using Staz-On Jet Black ink. A drop of re-inker and a few drops of clear water were placed in the lids of the Blushing Bride, Poppy Parade, Old Olive, and Garden Green ink pads. The detail Water Painter was used to mix each re-inker with the water, cleaning the brush when changing colors. A Blender Pen was used to pick up Blushing Bride re-inker from the ink pad lid and color the strawberry blossoms. The tip of the Blender Pen was swiped across a piece of scrap paper until the tip brushes clean and then used to pick up the Poppy Parade re-inker from the ink pad lid and color the centers of the strawberry blossoms. The Blender Pen brush tip was swiped clean and then used to pick up the Old Olive re-inker from the ink pad lid to color the leaves. The Blender Pen brush tip was swiped clean and then used to pick up the Garden Green re-inker from the ink pad lid to add detail to the leaves.
The remaining strawberry with stem on Watercolor Paper was adhered to the upper leaf stem.
The "That Was So Sweet Of You" sentiment was stamped near the upper center of the panel using Poppy Parade ink.
The panel was adhered at the inside sentiment area of the card base.
The large and small blossom outlines were randomly stamped over the envelope flap of the Medium Basic White Envelope. TIP: Place a piece of scrap paper between the envelope flap and the body of the envelope to keep the stamping confined to the envelope flap. The large and small blossom filler images were used to fill the large and small blossom images using Blushing Bride ink. The Blender Pen was used to pick up Poppy Parade re-inker from the ink pad lid to color the centers of the large and small blossoms.
I hope you've been inspired by the project I made using the Sweet Strawberry stamp set. Use the NEXT button below to move onto the next stop in the hop to see Heidi's amazing project. (OR if you are traveling backwards through the hop, then click on the PREVIOUS button to see Jay's beautiful project.)
Basic White: 4" x 5-1/4"; Blushing Bride: 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length, 9/16" x 2-5/8"; Poppy Parade: 4" x 5-1/4"; Watercolor Paper: 3-7/8" x 5-1/8", 2 @ 1-1/2" x 5-1/2"; Fine Art ribbon: 4"
Supplies I used to make this card
Stamps: Sweet Strawberry; Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Blushing Bride, Poppy Parade, Staz-On Jet Black; Re-inkers: Blushing Bride, Garden Green, Old Olive, Poppy Parade; Cardstock: Basic White, Blushing Bride, Poppy Parade, Watercolor Paper; Embellishments: Fine Art ribbon, Genial Gems; Tools: Banners Pick A Punch, Strawberry Builder punch, Water Painters, Blender Pens; Adhesives: Stampin' Seal, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots, Multipurpose Liquid; Other: Medium Basic White Envelope