Let’s Celebrate the Beauty of Tomorrow for Stamping Sunday Blog Hop

Let’s Celebrate the Beauty of Tomorrow for Stamping Sunday Blog Hop


Beauty of Tomorrow bundle in the Stampin’ Up! Jul to Dec 2021 Mini Catalogue consists of the Beauty of Tomorrow Stamp Set and Beautiful Leaves Dies.

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Welcome to my blog on this second Sunday of September 2021. Today I am hopping with the Stamping Sunday Second Sunday team. This hop is hosted by Sara Levin, the Artful Inker and this month we are “Celebrating” today. And despite this topsy turvy world we are living in right now, there is always something to celebrate. When I am feeling a little blue or down, I celebrate nature and take some time to appreciate the changing seasons! And I also celebrate all things crafty!

Beginner, Casual and Avid Crafters – all mixed up.

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. This month however, my creating went a little haywire. I started out with all good intentions, but as I was creating, the cards sort of became intertwined. So I have some new categories for you today …..

A beginavid crafter – an avid crafter in the making, watching videos everywhere, celebrating all the different techniques, not afraid to try something a little different … but likes to create a card in a relatively short amount of time.

A casavid crafter – a blossoming avid crafter, celebrating exploring her own style and not afraid to show it, knows not to throw away something that might not look great at the start and never minds taking a little extra time to showcase creativity.

An avidnutcase crafter – a passionate creative, relishes trying new things, pushes the boundaries using supplies in different ways, embraces challenges and loves her creations like her children …. just a little bit loopy, will happily take hours pottering over one card!

Which one are you?

Beauty of Tomorrow Trio of cards

Emboss Resist … for the Beginavid Crafter Card

Beauty of Tomorrow for a slightly avid crafter

Emboss Resist … one of the first techniques I ever learned. Add some stamping over the top and ombre watercolour wash. Oh yes, we are into Beginavid territory.

Design Tips

  • Stamp the foliage onto Fluid 100 Watercolour card with Versamark Ink and heat emboss with clear embossing powder. Then watercolour wash over the entire panel with Pumpkin Pie ink. The embossing resists the watercolouring.
  • Dry with a heat tool carefully (so as not to re-heat the embossing powder too much) before stamping the text with Melon Mambo ink over the top of the embossing. The ink may sit on top of the embossed foliage, but you can polish it off with a clean tissue or soft cloth. It then looks like the text is behind the foliage.
  • The panel is then die cut with the Stitched Rectangle dies.
  • I die cut a panel of watercolour paper in the same size stitched rectangle, and watercolour washed it with Melon Mambo ink.
  • The sentiment (from Celebrate Sunflowers Stamp Set) has been stamped and embossed with White Embossing Powder.

Watercolour Misting … for the Casavid Crafter Card

Beauty of Tomorrow for a burgeoning Avid Crafter

Scenario for this card … stamp foliage, then mist .. ooops, it looks a bit messy. Dry it off quickly and take a second look. Hmmm … this doesn’t look too bad. Stamp the sentiment … hmmm … that’s a bit harsh. Let’s cover it in vellum to soften. Definitely needs a layer of some sort … wait a minute, if I use this leftover frame from where I die cut the Beginavid feature piece down, that works perfectly.

Design Tips

  • For this card, I stamped the foliage with Pumpkin Pie ink onto Fluid 100 Watercolour Paper and then spritzed lightly with water. I quickly dried it off with a heat tool before the ink could run too far across the page.
  • I then stamped the words with Melon Mambo ink to the Watercolour Panel, and die cut with a Stitched Rectangle die.
  • I felt the words were very harsh compared to the softer watercolour foliage, so to soften the piece, I diecut a stitched rectangle in the same size from vellum to lay over the top. But how to adhere?
  • I stamped the sentiment (from Celebrate Sunflowers Stamp Set) with Melon Mambo onto Watercolour Paper and fussy cut it. I attached it to the vellum piece with glue dots and added a scattering of Artisan Blooms Adhesive Sequins across the vellum. Then I could place glue dots on the back side of the vellum behind the sentiment and sequins to adhere over the stamped panel.
  • The Stitched Rectangle piece showing from behind the vellum is actually a frame cut from the feature panel in the Beginner card. I simply adhered it around the feature panel on the cardfront.

Watercolour Blocking … for the Avid Nutcase card.

Beauty of Tomorrow for the nutcase avid crafter

Keeping the emboss resist element, the watercolour background is worked over the embossing using a small acrylic block, two bright colours and a Stampin’ Spritzer. It’s messy and takes a little longer …. no problems for an avidavid crafter.

Design Tips

  • This time I stamped the text multiple times on the the right hand side of Watercolour Card Panel and the foliage to the left and clear heat embossed.
  • Prior to watercolouring, I applied clean water all over the piece to make a wet surface to watercolour into.
  • For the watercolouring, I applied Pumpkin Pie to half of a small acrylic block and then Melon Mambo ink to the other half. I spritzed the ink on the block and then placed the surface of the inky block onto the wet watercolour panel, allowing the ink to spread naturally. I repeated this process over the entire panel offsetting each row in a brick type pattern. It is such an organic process, and these colours are so vibrant. The clear embossing resists the watercolour ink.
  • Carefully dry the piece with a heat tool, so as not to overheat the embossing powder.
  • I white heat embossed the sentiment (from Celebrate Sunflowers) onto a piece of Vellum and then fussy cut before wrapping around the panel and adhering at the back.
  • Vellum makes a great layering element, before adhering to a Pumpkin Pie folded card front.
  • Artisan Blooms Adhesive Sequins finish off the card nicely.

So which is your favourite! I absolutely loved creating the Avid Nutcase card, but the quirkiness of the Casavid card is probably my favourite.

The Stamping Sunday Design Team…

I am really looking forward to seeing how the other team members are celebrating today. To move forward in the hop, head on over to Vicki Boucher’s blog here. Or to go back to the previous blog, head back to Barry and Jay Soriano’s blog here.

Here is a list of all the blog hop participants….


Supplies required for the Beginavid Project

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Supplies required for the Casavid Project.

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Supplies for the Avid Nutcase project

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