Delicate Dahlias is a Sale-A-Bration item, available for free with a qualifying purchase (in Australia, that is AU$180).
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Delicate Dahlias is just one of the amazing free items from the second Sale-A-Bration event this year. Let’s take a closer look.
Beginner, Casual and Avid Crafters – Delicate Dahlias Stamp Set
With this hop, we have the option of focusing on projects for beginner, casual and avid crafters, and I quite enjoy the challenge of exploring how a product can be adapted for any level of crafter.
A beginner crafter is someone who is new to stamping, and will be looking to create with minimal supplies and easy techniques.
A casual crafter is someone who thinks that this paper crafting lark is pretty good and is keen to move beyond the basic supplies, maybe get a punch or two … and attempt some more challenging techniques and layering, maybe start including embellishments.
An avid crafter is feeling the passion, knows that getting into the craft room is an inexpensive form of therapy, and is accumulating lots of “things”. She is also not afraid use lots of different products on one card … and take that little bit extra time on one project.
Which one are you?
Straight up stamping … for the Beginner Crafter Card
This is the most simple of cards …. and yet this amazing stamp set makes the most simple look intricate and hand painted.
- The Delicate Dahlias stamp set includes both an outline stamp of the large dahlia and an amazingly detailed “filler” stamp. Being photopolymer, it is super easy to stamp the outline over the fill, or vice versa depending on how you roll. For the “filler” dahlia, I inked it up with Fresh Freesia ink and then before stamping, I inked up the centre lightly with Melon Mambo ink and a blending brush.
- The outline Dahlia stamp is then stamped over the top with Fresh Freesia ink, and while it looks great at this stage, I decided to add some more shading to the petals with the Fresh Freesia Stampin’ Blends. Just a few strokes here and there, to add texture rather than to cover over all the lighter areas.
- I stamped the leaves with Pear Pizzazz, stamped off once onto scrap paper before adding them to the flower.
- The sentiment is stamped with Highland Heather ink.
- A splatter of Clear Wink of Stella across the stamped panel helps to tie the design together.
Just look at this detail!!!!
Just a little tricked up … for the Casual Crafter Card (plus)
For my casual project, let’s assume that the casual crafter (plus) has just splurged on a Stampin’ Cut and Emboss machine … and their first set of dies is the Layering Circles.
The Delicate Dahlia Stamp Set doesn’t have a co-ordinating die, and while you could fussy cut the Dahlia, I know there are LOTS of you who hate fussy cutting! So here is a way to highlight the Dahlia without fussy cutting!
- This time I stamped the Dahlia using the Stamparatus … I stamped it with Polished Pink ink and then added Mango Melody ink to the centre of the stamp with an Ink Blending Brush. I stamped the outline of the Dahlia over the top with Polished Pink ink.
- The stamped Dahlia is then die cut with a circle die so it is offset, and then matted with a scalloped circle die cut out of Polished Pink cardstock.
- The leaves are stamped directly onto a Whisper White panel with Pear Pizzazz ink.
- The smaller flowers have been stamped with Polished Pink ink with just a touch of Mango Melody, and then fussy cut …. yes, fussy cutting, but quite easy fussy cutting.
- I also added a touch of Polished Pink ink around the edges of the Basic White layer with an ink blending brush, before adhering to a Polished Pink layer.
- The ribbon is Polished Pink Open Weave Ribbon, tied around both layers.
- The round Dahlia piece has been popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the smaller flowers are tucked underneath.
- The words have been white embossed on Polished Pink and cut out, layered up with mini dimensionals.
Add a few more bits and pieces … for the Avid Crafter Card
My avid project is the same as the casual project, with just a few extra elements. This time I used Petal Pink and Calypso Coral to stamp the Dahlias and smaller flowers.
- I have used the Dahlia textured fill in stamp to create the background, stamping in Petal Pink and adding a touch of Calypso Coral blended into the centre.
- The feature Dahlia is the same colours, and I did add some strokes of Petal Pink Stampin’ Blends into the petals.
- This time I stamped and fussy cut the leaves as well as the small flowers.
- The die cut label is from the Tasteful Labels dies, and serves to separate the circular feature Dahlia piece from the background.
- The strip of Fine Art Ribbon adds a little touch of shine with the gold thread.
And one extra little step … for the Avid Nutcase Crafter
This card is exactly the same process as the Avid card, except I took a little extra time to fussy cut the Dahlia image.
So which is your favourite! You know, although I LOVE that Dahlia background …. I really, really like the Beginner project! And that is very unusual for me! This really is a lovely stamp and it truly doesn’t need much work to be stunning!
The Stamping Sunday Design Team…
I am really looking forward to seeing which Sale-A-Bration products the other team members feature today. To move forward in the hop, head on over to Barry and Jay Soriano’s blog here. Or to go back to the previous blog, head back to Vicki Boucher’s blog here.
Here is a list of all the blog hop participants….
You can watch me create these cards via Facebook Live in my Sense of Whimsy Stampin’ Up! group … a group purely dedicated to my Facebook Lives.
Supplies required for the Beginner ProjectProduct List
Supplies required for the Casual Project.Product List
Supplies for both Avid projectsProduct List
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