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Tidings & Trimmings -- Merry & Bright

Hello!

Today's post is the fourth of a series of four posts that showcase four card designs using the Tidings of Christmas Suite.  This project was presented by Stampin' Up! a couple of weeks ago as a set of 14 cards that used six 6" x 6" pieces of Designer Series Paper, a piece of Basic White cardstock and assorted colors of cardstock for card bases (using the colors contained in the Designer Series Paper), a punch, and coordinating ribbon.  I took that project and stepped it up a bit.  To download an instruction sheet for the entire set of stepped up cards, click here.

As with anything Stampin' Up! does, there's a good reason for introducing this project to demonstrators.  A selection of Designer Series Paper from the 2021-2022 Annual Catalog is 15% off through August 2nd:  Beauty of the Earth, Bloom Where You're Planted, Hand-Penned, In Good Taste, In The Wild, Pansy Petals, Sweet Symmetry, Tidings of Christmas, and You're A Peach.

The cardstock and ink colors used for this project use the colors included with the Tidings of Christmas 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper:  Basic White, Cherry Cobbler, Evening Evergreen, Misty Moonlight, Sahara Sand, and Soft Succulent.

This is card design #4.  When Stampin' Up! presented this card design, one of the two large rectangles of Designer Series Paper was adhered to the card front, the second large rectangle was folded in half and cut into a heart, the heart was then cut into a smaller heart and the two hearts were adhered to the right of the first rectangle with the smaller heart nested inside the larger heart (reversing the paper to show both sides of the paper used for the heart), the greeting was stamped on cardstock, punched out and a piece of ribbon attached to one side of the punch to create a tag, and the tag adhered to the card front.  Three cards were made using this design.

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To begin, randomly stamp the filigree star image over the card front using Versamark ink.  Adhere a rectangle of Designer Series Paper at the center of a slightly larger mat of Sahara Sand cardstock and attach to the card front so that the left edge of the Sahara Sand mat is 3/8" from the left edge of the card front and the top and bottom edges of the Sahara Sand mat is 5/16" from the top and bottom edges of the card front.

Place both solid star dies (large and medium) from the Christmas Trimmings dies, the smaller die centered inside the larger die) on a rectangle of Designer Series Paper and die cut using the Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine.  Adhere the larger star to the card front with the left side of the star slightly overlapping the Designer Series Paper rectangle and mat.  Apply Stampin' Dimensionals at the center and Mini Stampin' Dimensionals at the points of the smaller die cut star and adhere at the open center of the larger star.  Note that the stars show one side of the paper for the large star and the reverse side for the smaller star.

Place a piece of tape or Washi tape over the "May Your Days Be" part of the "May Your Days Be Merry & Bright" greeting.  Ink the greeting with Evening Evergreen ink, remove the tape and then stamp the greeting on Basic White cardstock.  Punch the greeting with the Label Me Fancy punch and adhere to the Designer Series Paper rectangle with the left edge of the greeting label 1/8" from the left edge of the Designer Series Paper and the top edge of the greeting label 3/4" from the top edge of the Designer Series Paper rectangle using Stampin' Dimensionals.

A bow was created with Soft Succulent Open Weave ribbon and adhered below the greeting label using a rolled up Mini Glue Dot.

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The "Wishing You A Joyful Christmas And Happy New Year" sentiment was stamped at the upper center of a panel of Basic White cardstock using Evening Evergreen ink.  A narrow strip of cardstock was adhered behind the right edge of a strip of Designer Series Paper.  The strips were adhered along the left edge of the panel with the top, left, and bottom edges of the strips flush with the top, left, and bottom edges of the panel.  The panel was adhered at the center of the inside sentiment area of the card base.

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A piece of Designer Series Paper was adhered to the envelope flap of the Medium Basic White Envelope.  Paper Snips were used to trim the excess paper away from the envelope flap using the edge of the envelope flap as a guide.

Card Measurements

Basic White:  2" x 3", 4" x 5-1/4"; Misty Moonlight:  5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4" along the 8-1/2" length; Sahara Sand:  2-7/8" x 3-5/8", 3/8" x 4"; Tidings of Christmas 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper:  2 @ 2-3/4" x 3-1/2", 3/4" x 4", 2-1/4" x 6"; Soft Succulent Open Weave ribbon:  9"

The second card uses Soft Succulent for the card base and greeting label.  Evening Evergreen cardstock was used to mat the rectangle of Designer Series Paper.  Evening Evergreen Open Weave ribbon was used to create the bow below the greeting label.

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Card Measurements

Basic White:  4" x 5-1/4"; Evening Evergreen:  2-7/8" x 3-5/8", 3/8" x 4"; Soft Succulent:  5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4" along the 8-1/2" length, 2" x 3"; Tidings of Christmas 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper:  2 @ 2-3/4" x 3-1/2", 3/4" x 4", 2-1/4" x 6"; Evening Evergreen Open Weave ribbon:  9"

The third card uses Cherry Cobbler for the card base.  Soft Succulent was used for the greeting label and mat for the rectangle of Designer Series Paper.  Evening Evergreen Open Weave ribbon was used to create the bow below the greeting label.  Note that the smaller star inside the larger star does not use the reverse of the piece of Designer Series Paper used for the larger star as the reverse of the paper for the larger star did not provide a significant contrast for the smaller star.

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Card Measurements

Basic White:  4" x 5-1/4"; Cherry Cobbler:  5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4" along the 8-1/2" length; Soft Succulent:  2" x 3", 2-7/8" x 3-5/8", 3/8" x 4"; Tidings of Christmas 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper:  2 @ 2-34" x 3-1/2", 2" x 2" (smaller star), 3/4" x 4", 2-1/4" x 6"; Evening Evergreen Open Weave ribbon:  9"

Stampin' Up! set up these card designs for use with any set of Designer Series Paper.  I hope that you'll be inspired to take advantage of the great sale on Designer Series Paper (OR dig into your stash of paper) and make some cards!

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used to make these cards

Stamps:  Tidings & Trimmings, Inks:  Evening Evergreen, Versamark; Cardstock:  Basic White, Cherry Cobbler, Evening Evergreen, Misty Moonlight, Sahara Sand, Soft Succulent; Designer Series Paper:  Tidings of Christmas 6" x 6"; Embellishments:  Evening Evergreen Open Weave ribbon, Soft Succulent Open Weave ribbon; Tools:  Label Me Fancy punch, Christmas Trimmings dies, Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine; Adhesives:  Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Other:  Medium Basic White Envelope


Tidings & Trimmings -- May Your Days Be Merry & Bright

Hi There!

Today's post is the second of a series of four posts that showcase four card designs using the Tidings of Christmas Suite.  This project was presented by Stampin' Up! a little over a week ago as a set of 14 cards that used six 6" x 6" pieces of Designer Series Paper, a piece of Basic White cardstock and assorted colors of cardstock for card bases (using the colors contained in the Designer Series Paper), a punch, and coordinating ribbon.  I took that project and stepped it up a bit.  To download an instruction sheet for the entire set of stepped up cards, click here.

As with anything Stampin' Up! does, there's a good reason for introducing this project to demonstrators.  A selection of Designer Series Paper from the 2021-2022 Annual Catalog is 15% off through August 2nd:  Beauty of the Earth, Bloom Where You're Planted, Hand-Penned, In Good Taste, In The Wild, Pansy Petals, Sweet Symmetry, Tidings of Christmas, and You're A Peach.

The cardstock and ink colors used for this project use the colors included with the Tidings of Christmas 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper:  Basic White, Cherry Cobbler, Evening Evergreen, Misty Moonlight, Sahara Sand, and Soft Succulent.

This is card design #2.  When Stampin' Up! presented this card design, the three rectangles of Designer Series Paper were adhered to the card front, the greeting was stamped on a piece of cardstock and punched to create a tag, a piece of ribbon was attached to the tag, and the tag attached to the card front.

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The Evening Evergreen card front was embossed with the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder.  The mistletoe branch image was randomly stamped across a strip of Cherry Cobbler cardstock using Cherry Cobbler ink.  The strip was adhered across the horizontal center of the card front.  The three rectangles of Designer Series Paper were adhered to the cardstock strip.  

The "May Your Days Be Merry & Bright" greeting was stamped on Basic White cardstock and punched with the Essential Tag punch so that the narrow part of the tag is to the left of the greeting.  A 1/4" handheld circle punch was used to punch a hole at the narrow end of the tag.  Evening Evergreen Chevron Woven ribbon was threaded through the punched hole and tied off near the edge of the tag using Linen Thread.  The ends of the Linen Thread were trimmed close to the knot.  The tag was adhered at the center of the card front using Stampin' Dimensionals.

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A narrow strip of Cherry Cobbler cardstock was adhered behind the top edge of a strip of Designer Series Paper.  The strips were adhered along the bottom edge of a panel of Basic White cardstock with the right, bottom, and left edges of the strips flush with the right, bottom, and left edges of the panel

The "Wishing You A Joyful Christmas And Happy New Year" sentiment was stamped near the upper center of the panel using Evening Evergreen ink.  The panel was adhered centered at the inside sentiment area of the card base.

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A piece of Designer Series Paper was adhered to the envelope flap of the Medium Basic White Envelope.  Paper Snips were used to trim the excess paper away from the envelope flap using the edge of the envelope flap as a guide.

Card Measurements

Basic White:  2" x 3", 4" x 5-1/4"; Cherry Cobbler:  1" x 5-1/2", 3/8" x 5-1/4"; Evening Evergreen:  5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4" along the 8-1/2" length; Tidings of Christmas 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper:  3 @ 1-3/4" x 2-1/2", 3/4" x 5-1/4", 2-1/4" x 6"; Evening Evergreen Chevron Weave ribbon:  5"; Linen Thread:  4"

Here's the same card design in the portrait orientation.

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The difference between the landscape and portrait orientation is the orientation of the cardstock strip and greeting tag.  The cardstock strip was adhered at the vertical center of the card front.  The greeting was stamped so that when it was aligned in the punch the narrow end of the tag is above the greeting.

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The process for creating the inside and envelope of the card is the same.  The only difference is the measurements for the cardstock and Designer Series Paper strips adhered along the bottom of the Basic White panel.

Card Measurements

Basic White:  2" x 3", 4" x 5-1/4"; Cherry Cobbler:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Evening Evergreen:  1" x 5-1/2", 3/8" x 4"; Tidings of Christmas 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper:  3 @ 1-3/4" x 2-1/2", 3/4" x 4", 2-1/4" x 6"; Evening Evergreen Chevron Woven ribbon:  5"; Linen Thread:  4"

Four cards were made using this card design:  two in the landscape orientation and two in the portrait orientation.  Here is a second card in the landscape orientation.

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Here is a second card in the portrait orientation.

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As I mentioned earlier, Stampin' Up! set up these card designs for use with any set of Designer Series Paper.  I hope that you'll be inspired to dig into your stash of paper and make some cards!

Robertssiggy

Supplies I used to make these cards

Stamps:  Tidings & Trimmings; Inks:  Cherry Cobbler, Evening Evergreen; Cardstock:  Basic White, Cherry Cobbler, Evening Evergreen, Sahara Sand, Soft Succulent; Designer Series Paper:  Tidings of Christmas 6" x 6"; Embellishments:  Evening Evergreen Chevron Weave ribbon, Linen Thread; Tools:  Essential Tag punch, Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder, Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine; Adhesives:  Stampin' Seal, Stampin' Dimensionals; Other:  Medium Basic White Envelope; Non-Stampin' Up!:  1/4" handheld circle punch


Tidings & Trimmings -- Season's Greeetings

Hello!

Today's post is the first of a series of four posts that showcase four card designs using the Tidings of Christmas Suite.  This project was presented by Stampin' Up! a little over a week ago as a set of 14 cards that used six 6" x 6" pieces of Designer Series Paper, a piece of Basic White cardstock and assorted colors of cardstock for card bases (using the colors contained in the Designer Series Paper), a punch, and coordinating ribbon.  I took that project and stepped it up a bit.  To download an instruction sheet for the entire set of stepped up cards, click here.

As with anything Stampin' Up! does, there's a good reason for introducing this project to demonstrators.  A selection of Designer Series Paper from the 2021-2022 Annual Catalog is 15% off through August 2nd:  Beauty of the Earth, Bloom Where You're Planted, Hand-Penned, In Good Taste, In The Wild, Pansy Petals, Sweet Symmetry, Tidings of Christmas, and You're A Peach.

This is card design #1.  When Stampin' Up! presented this card design, only the Designer Series Paper diamond of squares is used, the greeting was stamped on a piece of cardstock and punched to create a tag, a piece of ribbon was attached to the tag, and the tag attached to the card front.

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The diamond of 4 squares is actually 2 pieces of Designer Series Paper.  A slit is cut into both pieces of paper and the two pieces of paper joined by sliding into each other at the slit.  Adhesive is placed between the two pieces at opposite corners.  Then the paper is folded back to one edge on both sides of the slit to expose the opposite sides of the paper.  

I added a mat for the diamond of 4 squares, embossed the card front using the pine boughs embossing folder from the Wintry 3D Embossing Folders, adhered a strip of Designer Series Paper along the left side of the card front (with an accent color of cardstock peeking out), and used the Christmas Trimmings dies for the cut stocking with the greeting.  Gold cord from the Simply Elegant Trim was tied in a bow under the stocking cuff.  A couple of branches of mistletoe was die cut and attached to the back of the stocking before adhering the stocking at the center of the diamond.

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A strip of Designer Series Paper, with an accent strip of cardstock peeking out, was adhered to the panel at the inside sentiment area of the card.  The sentiment was stamped at the upper center of the panel.

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Designer Series Paper was adhered to the envelope flap of the Medium Basic White Envelope and Paper Snips were used to trim the excess using the envelope flap as a guide.

The Stampin' Up! project used this design to create three cards.  Here's the second card.  This time I used Sahara Sand for the card base.

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And here's the third card.  This card has a Cherry Cobbler card base.

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The cardstock and ink colors used for this project use the colors included with the Tidings of Christmas 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper:  Basic White, Cherry Cobbler, Evening Evergreen, Misty Moonlight, Sahara Sand, and Soft Succulent.

Don't think that you need to make Christmas cards using this design.  Go dust off your stash of Designer Series Paper and make some cards!

Robertssiggy

Card Measurements

Basic White:  2" x 3", 4" x 5-1/4"; Cherry Cobbler:  2-3/4" x 2-3/4"; Evening Evergreen:  5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored at 4-1/4" along the 8-1/2" length; 1-1/2" x 4-1/4"; Soft Succulent:  3/8" x 5-1/2", 3/8" x 5-1/4"; Tidings of Christmas 6" x 6" Designer  Series Paper:  2 @ 2-1/2" x 2-1/2", 1" x 5-1/2", 3/4" x 5-1/4", 2-1/4" x 6"; Simply Elegant Trim (gold cord):  8"

Supplies I used to make this card

Stamps:  Tidings & Trimmings; Inks:  Cherry Cobbler, Evening Evergreen; Cardstock:  Basic White, Cherry Cobbler, Evening Evergreen, Soft Succulent; Designer Series Paper:  Tidings of Christmas 6" x 6"; Embellishments:  Simply Elegant Trim (gold cord); Tools:  Wintry 3D Embossing Folder (pine boughs), Christmas Trimmings dies, Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine; Adhesives:  Stampin' Seal, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots; Other:  Medium Basic White Envelope


Tidings & Trimmings -- Merry & Bright

Hello!

My major papercrafting project every year is making Christmas Cards to send to family, friends, and my great customers.  Last year's total reached a bit over 120 cards.  That's a bunch!  Every year I promise myself that I will begin a whole lot earlier than December to make the cards; but it never seems to happen for one reason or another.  That doesn't mean that I'm not making Christmas Cards earlier than December, it's just that the cards are not for me.  I design card for my annual Christmas Card Classes in October and November.  In addition, I design a Christmas Card for my monthly classes beginning in August.  I've learned to cut out a bunch of extras of all the cards I design for each of these events, so when it's time to make my own cards all I need to do is sit down and start stamping.

The July - December Mini Catalog will be launching a little bit late at the beginning of August.  As a demonstrator, I've seen the great Christmas stamp sets and associated awesome punches, dies, papers, and embellishments.  If you are on my mailing list, you'll be receiving this catalog in the mail sometime in the next few weeks.  If you are not on my mailing list, please email me your address and I'd be happy to send a catalog to you as soon as they become available.

Today's post features a card made using elements from the Tidings of Christmas Suite introduced in the 2021-2022 Annual Catalog (page 88).

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This card begins with a panel of Tidings of Christmas 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper matted with a slightly larger mat of Sahara Sand cardstock.  A piece of Soft Succulent Open Weave ribbon was wrapped around the panels and tied into a bow at the left side of the panels.  The bottom edge of the ribbon is 1-1/8" above the bottom edge of the Designer Series Paper panel.  The panels and ribbon were adhered at the center of the Evening Evergreen card front.

A mixture of detailed stars from the Christmas Trimmings dies and the Stitched Stars dies were used to die cut a piece of Gold Metallic Specialty Paper:

  • The large detail star from the Christmas Trimmings dies = 1
  • The medium detail star from the Christmas Trimmings dies = 2
  • The 2" detail star from the Stitched Stars dies = 1
  • The 1-1/4" detail star from the Stitched Stars dies = 1
  • The 3/4" detail star from the Stitched Stars dies = 4

A mixture of solid stars from the Christmas Trimmings dies and the Stitched Stars dies were used to cut the following cardstock colors:

  • The large solid star from the Christmas Trimmings dies = Cherry Cobbler
  • The medium solid star from the Christmas Trimmings dies = Soft Succulent
  • The 1-1/4" stitched star from the Stitched Stars dies = Cherry Cobbler
  • The 1-7/8" stitched star from the Stitched Stars dies = Sahara Sand
  • The 2" stitched star from the Stitched Stars dies = Misty Moonlight

Teeny tiny dots of Multipurpose Liquid adhesive were used to adhere the detailed stars to their corresponding solid stars:

  • The large detail star from the Christmas Trimmings dies with the large Cherry Cobbler solid star
  • The medium detail star from the Christmas Trimmings dies with the medium Soft Succulent solid star
  • The 3/4" detail star from the Stitched Stars dies with the Cherry Cobbler stitched star
  • The 1-1/4" detail star from the Stitched Stars dies with the Sahara Sand stitched star
  • The 2" detail star from the Stitched Stars dies with the Misty Moonlight stitched star
  • One medium detail star and three 3/4" detail stars from the Stitched Stars dies will be left over and used later

The matted stars were adhered to the card front with the large Cherry Cobbler star at the upper left corner, the Soft Succulent star at the upper right corner using Stampin' Dimensionals, the Sahara Sand star below and between the large Cherry Cobbler star and Soft Succulent star, the Misty Moonlight star near the lower left corner (part of the star will be under the bow of the ribbon), and the small Cherry Cobbler star just right of center near the bottom edge of the panel.

A piece of repositionable tape was placed over the "May Your Days Be" part of the "May Your Days Be Merry & Bright" greeting.  The greeting was inked with Evening Evergreen ink, the tape removed, and the greeting stamped on a piece of Basic White cardstock.  The greeting was punched with the Label Me Fancy punch and adhered to the Designer Series Paper panel straddling the ribbon with the right end of the greeting label 1/16" from the right edge of the panel and the bottom edge of the greeting label 1-1/4" above the bottom edge of the Designer Series Paper panel.  

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The "Wishing You A Joyful Christmas And Happy New Year" sentiment was stamped at the upper center of a Basic White panel.  The panel was adhered at the inside sentiment area of the card base.  The remaining medium detailed star from the Christmas Trimmings dies and three 3/4" detailed stars from the Stitched Stars dies were adhered to the panel using teeny tiny dots of Multipurpose Liquid adhesive.  The medium star and two small stars were adhered at the top left corner of the panel and a single small star was adhered at the lower right corner of the panel.

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The leaf-filled star image was randomly stamped over the envelope flap of the Medium Basic White Envelope using Evening Evergreen ink.  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.

I'll be back in a couple of days with another Christmas Card using elements of the Tidings of Christmas Suite.  See you soon!

Robertssiggy

Card Measurements

Basic White:  2" x 3", 4" x 5-1/4"; Cherry Cobbler:  3-1/4" x 3-1/4", 1-1/2" x 1-1/2"; Evening Evergreen:  4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" along the 11" length; Midnight Muse:  2-1/2" x 2-1/2"; Sahara Sand:  4" x 5-1/4", 2" x 2"; Soft Succulent:  2" x 2"; Gold Metallic Specialty:  3" x 6"; Tidings of Christmas Designer Series Paper:  3-7/8" x 5-1/8"; Soft Succulent Open Weave ribbon:  16"

Supplies I used to make this card

Stamps:  Tidings & Trimmings; Inks:  Evening Evergreen; Cardstock:  Basic White, Cherry Cobbler, Evening Evergreen, Midnight Muse, Sahara Sand, Soft Succulent; Designer Series Paper:  Tidings of Christmas 6" x 6"; Embellishments:  Soft Succulent Open Weave ribbon; Tools:  Label Me Fancy punch, Christmas Trimmings dies, Stitched Stars dies, Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine, Adhesives:  Stampin' Seal, Stampin' Dimensionals, Multipurpose Liquid; Other:  Medium Basic White Envelope


Stamp Review Crew -- Sweet Strawberry

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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.   

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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.

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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.

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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.)

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Card Measurements

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