Welcome to our Stamping Sunday Blog Hop today, hosted by the wonderful Sara Levin at The Artful Inker. Today we are highlighting one of the suites from the just released Holiday Catalogue from Stampin’ Up!®, Painted Autumn. This suite includes a Stamp Set (Painted Harvest), a Leaf Punch, delicious Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper, Touches of Nature wood embellishments, and Burlap Ribbon.
Painted Harvest Photopolymer Stamp Set
I have chosen to feature the Painted Harvest Stamp Set and Leaf Punch in my projects today. Here is my first project, a thank you card.
I put my fear of fussy cutting to one side for this card … this is a condition which afflicts a great number of stampers in this day of “a punch or die for everything”. However, this card design really needed a flower I could add separately, and the cards I have seen with the flower fussy cut were beautiful, so out came my trusty Paper Snips. The flower shapes are actually easy to cut out because the images are so random that if you make a little slip up, it doesn’t really matter.
This might be just a little too much detail, but here is a close up of my flowers!
The flowers are four layers if you count the centre bit, what is that bit called? I stamped the layers onto watercolour paper with Daffodil Delight ink and then added some Melon Mambo colour in varying intensities on each layer with a Watercolour Pencil before blending with an Aquapainter. This removes some of the definition of the image, especially in the smaller petal layer but does give a wonderful blended effect and still leaves a distinct outline to cut to. The fussy cutting was quite therapeutic.
The sprig of three leaves is a two step stamping process, stamped in Emerald Envy and Lemon Lime Twist. No fussy cutting required as the Leaf Punch co-ordinates with these leaves.
There is a small dot image in the set, perfect for adding some colour to the centre of the flower. Adding some dots of glue using the Fine Tip Glue Pen to the centres of the flowers added texture. Just make sure you let it dry well before handling (don’t ask me how I know this).
To create a feature behind the flowers, I stamped the second fern type leaf (also a two step stamping process) with Emerald Envy and Lemon Lime Twist, repeatedly over a panel of Whisper White card. I machine stitched the White Vellum over the top to soften the background as it was fighting with the flowers a little bit. And then to continue with the stitched element, I stitched the Berry Burst layer to the Basic Black folded card.
The greeting is also a part of the Painted harvest stamp set, and is becoming one of my favourites, such a lovely font and it stamps wonderfully. Basic Black ink works well with the Basic Black folded card.
For the inside of the card, I used the floral stamps as they were intended, stamped as a three step stamping process using Daffodil Delight and Melon Mambo. What a delightful colour combination for the flowers. The options are endless once you start mixing up colours and layers.
Vellum Gift Bag
I liked the inside flowers on my card so much, I wanted to used them as the feature on my second project, a gift bag made out of White Vellum using the Gift Bag Punch Board.
The bag itself is made of White Vellum, so the contents will show through the bag at the sides and back … perfect for those green and white mint chocolate balls, or any pretty wrapped chocolates.
I cut a panel to go in the front (it is long enough to fold around and also reinforce the base of the bag). The piece has been stamped to match the front panel of my card. The small thanks greeting comes from the Weather Together stamp set.
Thanks for stopping by today … I hope you have enjoyed these two projects. Now why don’t you check out all the other fabulous projects from the other bloggers. Our guest designer this hop is Jay Soriano at Mitsuo Crafts … I can’t see what Jay comes up with!
The list of hop participants is below …. enjoy!!
If you are interested in any of the products used in these projects and live in Australia, I certainly would appreciate it if you were to purchase through me. Click here to go to my online shop. Don’t forget to use the current rewards code to receive a gift and thank you card from me at the end of the month.