Good afternoon stampin' friends! Yep, I'm a little behind in my post today but better late than never is my story, and I'm stickin' to it! It's been a very busy day here. I was on Maddi duty this morning--we had a very adventurous day! We checked and watered the garden, we went and visited the goats (and fed them treats...they both eat from Maddi's hand and she loves it!)...and then, while we were playing in the back yard with the dogs, we found a tiny garter snake, which she thought was very interesting! Finally it was nap time and I got to come in and stamp studio to create. :)
As I'm typing this, I just realized that what I thought was still a bundle--you know, because I've been highlighting bundles which are being retired in the new catalog--actually ISN'T a bundle anymore. Welp, no time to stamp a new Plan B, so Plan B has become "share this project anyway"! These are still coordinating products so it works! I used the Bunch of Blossoms stamp set and the Blossom Builder punch for today's pretty card...both of these products are returning to next year's catalog so YEAH!
There's a couple little tricks I wanted to share for using this stamp set and punch together. The first is how to use a two- or three-step stamp image.
I used three stamps to achieve the color for my petals. I stamped the outline image first (the one on the right) using Smoky Slate ink. Next, I inked the middle image (the boldest one) in Sweet Sugarplum, stamping off twice onto scratch paper before stamping inside the outline image. Finally, I inked up the image on the left, stamped off once onto scratch paper and stamped it over the other two images. I followed this same procedure with the inside petals (except the second image was stamped off once and the third image was stamped "full strength), the leaves (stamped in Smoky Slate and Pear Pizzazz) and the center of the flower (stamped in Smoky Slate and So Saffron).
I find that the easiest way to use these images with a punch is to stamp them onto a strip of paper...this gives me something to hold on to and makes it easy to move the images along inside the punch (versus cutting small pieces, which are hard to line up because there's nothing to hold on to when punching.) You might need to play with the spacing a little, depending on how close the punch images are. I needed extra space between images when I was punching out the smaller petals.
Once I had all the petals, leaves and centers cut out, I gently curled the edges of each petal and leaf slightly with a bone folder. This gives them a little dimension and makes the finished flower look more realistic. I built my flower on a 1-1/2" circle punched from Whisper White cardstock, attaching each petal with a mini glue dot.
When the flower was assembled, I attached it to a circle cut with one of the Stitched Shapes framelits from So Saffron cardstock. I wanted to add a little bit more texture to the background so I also ran it through the Big Shot in the Simple Stripes embossing folder.
I layered the circle onto a piece of thick Whisper White cardstock and added the sentiment, stamped in Smoky Slate. The very center of the flower has one of the Glitter Enamel Dots, which adds just a touch of sparkle. Finally, everything was adhered to the thick Whisper White card base with Stampin' Dimensionals.
I love all the detail and variation in colors we get from the two- or three-step stamps!
I'm participating in the Ink & Inspiration Blog Hop on Thursday so my post is already done and ready to go...be sure to stop by because there are going to be some beautiful projects to see from demonstrators all over the world!
See you Thursday!
Until next time...happy stampin'!