When you become a demonstrator for Stampin’ Up! you get to personally build your own starter kit. The only problem is, there is so much choice. I wanted to pick items that I loved, because I knew that way I would use them more, but I also wanted to choose items that were truly versatile, so with a limited stash I could create lots of projects.
I am a stamper, plain and simple, so all I really needed to start with were stamps and inks. I chose the Subtles Classic Stampin’ Pads selection (10 ink pads in a gorgeous, soft pastel pallet) which helped to take away the issue of choosing the right colour combination, as each ink teams up beautifully with the next. I also chose the Jar of Love stamp set which is another truly versatile set. I have a couple of examples below.
For this card, I kept it simple and created an image which is clearly what the stamp set was intended for.
Firstly I stamped the images and then I stamped the flowers several times on a post-it and cut them out, in order to create masks. Once these were placed over the flowers, I then created the background by pressing an ink pad onto a piece of flimsy plastic, spraying with water and then pouncing the plastic onto the card front. I did this with two of the ink colours I had used for the image and it created a watercolour effect in the background, behind the flowers. When I stamped the sentiment, I inked up just the “Thanks” part of the sentiment (another way to stretch your stamps), and was able to stamp this as if it was hugging the corner of the jar.
Here I have taken just the floral images and one small foliage stamp to create a wreath. I drew a circle on the card front in pencil and then used this as a guide to stamp, although you must make sure to erase the pencil before you stamp over it, as otherwise the pencil can become trapped under the ink. Once again I had to mask the floral images (using the same masks as before, which I have saved with the stamps as they will be fine to use again) before stamping the leaves, so that the flowers sit in front of the leaves.
In my next blog post I will be using this set again but I will try to show you something a little different…
I really hope you like what you see, leave me a comment below. If you would like to purchase any of the products used, click on the individual links above or click here to be taken straight to my Stampin’ Up! shopping page.
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