A couple of weeks ago, I made a card in response to a challenge to make a greeting card with only one layer. That reminded me of when I'd first started stamping, and I even did a bit of masking to make that card the way I wanted it. For that challenge, I was permitted to – and I did! – use embellishments. But I managed to fall into a challenge this week that didn't even let us use embellishments. So I had no little pearls or rhinestones to perk my project up!
Not only did I have to stick just to paper and stamps and ink, I had to use products only from the new Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog and/or the 2014 Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration Catalog! Of course, given the choice, I preferred to pick a stamp set from BOTH catalogs!
From the Occasions Catalog, I chose the Peaceful Petals Stamp Set. I just love floral stamps that allow me to color in the colors that I wish. For this project, I used some pastel colors from this year's Stampin' Up! set of In Color colors – Crisp Cantaloupe, Coastal Cabana, and Pistachio Pudding. Even with snow pretty much all over the country (we even have some on our mountains!), it feels so good to think of spring not being far away, and pulling out those lovely pastel spring-like colors! But these flowers could just have easily have been done up in brights or regals and made a lovely picture.
To make the space in the middle for stamping the sentiment, I cut a piece of standard white copy paper and laid it across the card front horizontally. I used a bit of temporary glue to keep it in place while I stamped along its top and bottom edges onto the Whisper White Cardstock that is the card base. Once I finished that stamping, I removed the paper and then used a ruler to draw two parallel thin lines at the top and bottom of the open space that had been left. Finally I colored in the flowers and leaves.
To allow the flowers to overlap each other while not having their stamped lines crossing over to each other, I used a sticky note cut in the shape of the flower to mask a stamped flower before I stamped the flower next to it. This is the order in which I stamped the flower images: 1st the one on the far left. 2nd the next one in from the left, with the first one masked. 3rd the one on the far right. 4th the one second from the right with the flowers on either side of it masked. For the leaves, I started by stamping 3 leaves spaced across the bottom. Then I masked one or two leaves as I stamped the remaining leaves across.
The sentiment is from one of the 2014 Sale-A-Bration Stamp Sets, See Ya Later. This is a stamp set that you can ONLY GET FOR FREE by purchasing $50 in Stampin' Up! products. And there are a dozen OTHER FREE PRODUCTS that you can also get by spending that $50. And for EVERY $50 YOU SPEND, you get a free product. Hey, you can even double up and get a couple of packs of Designer Series Paper if you'd like! Let me know if you have any questions or would like to place an order during Sale-A-Bration! I'm having so much fun with my own Sale-A-Bration goodies, and I'm sure you will, too!