Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator Karen Robinson | Amazing You
We’re nearly at the end of our Summer holidays here and although I’ve enjoyed this time off, I’m more than ready for back to school and a structured routine – which really means, more time for mumma to create 😉
I’ve been itching to spend more time with my amazing new products from the Occasions Catalogue – that I received for Christmas! – and have to admit to stealing some “creative therapy” time recently 🙂 I’ve always enjoyed playing along with challenges and find they’re great for easing back into the creative zone after a break, a lot of the hard work is already done, so today I’m sharing my entry into this weeks’ CAS(E) this Sketch! #254 challenge.
As soon as I saw that cluster of flowers in the top left corner, I knew I wanted to use the Amazing You stamp set (FREE in the Sale-A-Bration brochure). I haven’t had a chance to ink this up yet and this sketch just seemed made for it!
I brought out my Jar of Love stamp set for a play with this design and stamped the jar, water and a few stems and sprigs, which gave my rather full-blown flowers a solid base.
The greenery is all die cut from Tranquil Tide cardstock using the Pretty Pines Thinlits and peeps out from between the fussy cut flowers. I was going to add more colours, but didn’t want to detract from the focal flowers and thought that having all the foliage in one colour would contrast nicely, but not compete for attention.
The sentiment was stamped in Tranquil Tide, fussy cut and popped up with dimensionals above a die cut word from the coordinating Celebrate You Thinlits (a FREE Level 2 reward from the Sale-A-Bration brochure).
I die cut the word “amazing” three times and adhered them together to give it some dimension on the card front. This is my favourite method for popping up fine die cuts and I love the finished look it has from any angle 🙂
There are lots of way to colour the flowers in this set and I chose to use Watercolour Pencils with a Blender Pen. I stamped the outline in Berry Burst ink which also gave me a third colour to play with and used my Flirty Flamingo and Rich Razzleberry pencils to add shading to my flowers and then the Blender Pen to mix them all together. You can also achieve the same effect using just the ink pads, but I really like the softness the pencils seem to give.
I stamped the flowers on Thick Whisper White cardstock which can take this sort of colouring with a Blender Pen, but only lightly, if you go over it too many times the cardstock will start to pill, but it’s perfect for quick and dirty colouring – which is my specialty 😉 If you want to be more precise, I’d recommend Watercolor Paper or Shimmery White cardstock.
Inside has the same layers as the front and some simple stamping from the Amazing You stamp set (FREE in the Sale-A-Bration brochure). I love the font of the “let’s” in this set, it’s nearly impossible to stamp crooked, because no part of it is straight! – that’s my kind of stamp 🙂
Stampin’ Up! have released a short video that show some more samples using both products that I used today. Make sure to have a look if you’re considering choosing one – or both – of these FREE rewards, for inspiration and check out my SU Occasions & SAB 2018 Pinterest Board for even more ideas on how to use these amazing freebies..
I hope you liked my first play with this fun set, I know I’ll be using it a lot over the coming months and hope you’ll come back tomorrow to see the final instalment of my Australia Day series. See you then!
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