As promised, I'm back with another idea for the Delicate Dahlias Sale-A-Bration stamp set. I also added a stamp image from the In Your Words Sale-A-Bration Host stamp set.
So this is how you earn these stamp sets. For the Delicate Dahlias, you need to order $100 USD in Stampin' Up! merchandise and select the Delicate Dahlias stamp set as your FREE Sale-A-Bration item. For the In Your Words stamp set, you will need to Host a workshop (in person or virtual) with merchandise sales of $300 USD OR place an order for $300 USD of merchandise. If you place the order of $300 USD in merchandise, you will be making a serious dent in your Wish List for the Annual Catalog and the July - December Mini Catalog, AND you will earn 6 Level 1 Sale-A-Bration items or 3 Level 2 Sale-A-Bration items (which includes the Delicate Dahlias stamp set) or a combination of the two AND you will qualify for Host Dollars to select more FREE stuff. It's a heck of a deal! OK, enough with the selling. On to the creating.
I make calendars for friends and family every year -- somewhere between 25 and 30 calendars. To make this efficient, I pick a stamp set that has large and small images that can lend itself to multiple complementary colors. I looked at the Delicate Dahlias stamp set and thought that it might be a great candidate for this year's calendars.
To make the calendar base, cut a sheet of Basic White cardstock to the following sizes: 4" x 7", 3" x 6", and 2" x 5". Layer the three pieces centered one on top of the other with the largest on the bottom and the smallest on the top. I use a small amount of repositionable adhesive between the layers to hold the layers in place while stamping.
The detailed dahlia stamp image was stamped at the lower left corner, lower right corner, and upper center of the cardstock layers using Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight, and Balmy Blue inks; cleaning the stamp between each stamping. The dahlia outline image was stamped over the detailed dahlia image using Poppy Parade ink for the Flirty Flamingo flower, Crushed Curry ink for the Daffodil Delight flower, and Pacific Point ink for the Balmy Blue flower; cleaning the stamp between each stamping.
Randomly stamp the small detailed flower among the dahlias focusing on the outside edges of the cardstock layers using the following ink colors and cleaning the stamp between each color: Coastal Cabana, Rich Razzleberry, and Pumpkin Pie. I stamped each color three times and sometimes one (or more) of those three flowers is stamped off the edge of the cardstock. Stamp the small outline flower over the detailed flowers using Blackberry Bliss for the Rich Razzleberry flower, Bermuda Bay for the Coastal Cabana flower, and Cajun Craze for the Pumpkin Pie flower.
It's important to press firmly on the stamp images and use a Stampin' Pierce Mat under the cardstock to obtain the best results. Note that there may be some areas that do not stamp alongside the edges of the middle and top layers of the Basic White cardstock. Don't worry about this as these areas will be covered with the next step.
Cut a sheet of Pacific Point cardstock to the following sizes: 4-1/4" x 7", 3-1/4" x 6-1/4", 2-1/4" x 5-1/4", and 2-1/2" x 3-1/4". Carefully take the stamped Basic White layers apart and mat each piece with it's corresponding piece of Pacific Point cardstock. (Set aside the remaining piece of Pacific Point cardstock for the calendar.) Now adhere the middle layer at the center of the large layer and the small layer at the center of the middle layer. Just be sure to match the stamped images along the edges of one layer to the next.
Apply Tear & Tape adhesive to the cardboard backing of the Tear Away calendar. Adhere the Tear Away calendar at the center of the remaining piece of Pacific Point cardstock. Apply Tear & Tape adhesive at the back of the Pacific Point cardstock matting the Tear Away calendar and adhere the calendar with the right edge of the calendar mat 3/16" from the right edge of the Pacific Point cardstock that mats the center layer and the calendar/mat centered vertically over the center layer.
Using Pacific Point ink, stamp "Be Who You Were Born To Be", from the In Your Words Sale-A-Bration Host stamp set, on a piece of Basic White cardstock and mat with a slightly larger piece of Balmy Blue cardstock and then with a slightly larger mat of Pacific Point cardstock. Adhere the sentiment to the left of the calendar using Stampin' Dimensionals with the left edge of the Pacific Point mat of the sentiment 5/16" from the left edge of the Pacific Point mat of the center section and the bottom edge of the Pacific Point mat of the sentiment 1/2" above the bottom edge of the Pacific Point mat of the center section.
Place the calendar in the case and close the lid to protect the calendar for wrapping and/or transportation. To display the calendar, just flip the lid of the case down and to the back to create a base.
Keep this project in mind when you are planning your gift list for the holidays. They are so quick and easy to make.
Stampin' Up! used to sell the case for the calendars years ago but when they discontinued the item, I found them with another company. You can find the calendar case I used for this project here. Stampin' Up! used to sell a couple of different kinds of repositionable adhesive over the years and discontinued them. The repositionable adhesive that I use can be found here. A whole lot of different companies sell the tear-off calendars, but I really like the quality and price point of the ones that I use. You can find the tear-off calendars I used for this project here.
When I finished stamping the Basic White layers with all the colors of flowers, I couldn't decide what color to use for the mats. So I decided to go with the contrasting color for the dahlias: Pacific Point, Crushed Curry, and Poppy Parade. You've seen the Pacific Point cardstock mat. Here's the Crushed Curry cardstock mat.
And here's the Poppy Parade cardstock mat.
I didn't realize that the cardstock mat would make such a dramatic difference! Which one do you like best?
Basic White: 4" x 7", 3" x 6", 2" x 5", 1-1/16" x 1-3/16"; Pacific Point (or Crushed Curry or Poppy Parade): 4-1/4" x 7-1/4", 3-1/4" x 6-1/4", 2-1/4" x 5-1/4", 2-1/2" x 3-1/4", 1-1/4" x 1-7/16"; Balmy Blue (or Daffodil Delight or Flirty Flamingo): 1-1/8" x 1-5/16"
Supplies I used to make this project
Stamps: Delicate Dahlias, In Your Words; Inks: Balmy Blue, Bermuda Bay, Blackberry Bliss, Cajun Craze, Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry, Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo, Pacific Point, Poppy Parade, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry; Cardstock: Basic White, Balmy Blue (or Daffodil Delight or Flirty Flamingo), Pacific Point (or Crushed Curry or Poppy Parade); Adhesives: Stampin' Seal, Tear & Tape, Stampin' Dimensionals; Non-Stampin' Up!: Tear-off Calendars, Calendar Case, Repositionable Adhesive