Hi, There, Stampers!
Today’s card is the second in this week’s exploration of the Amazing Year Stamp Set. And it was a lot simpler to make than the first card I shared earlier this week.
Flowers Aren’t Just for Birthdays – And Neither is the Amazing Year Stamp Set
I told you earlier that I first looked at the Amazing Year Stamp Set as a birthday set. Amazing Year – Birthdays come once a year – there was a gift package and a “birthday greetings” stamp. That just screams, “birthday,” don’t you think? But there’s a lesson in today’s card. I don’t think anything in this card screams birthday. Of course, I could use it as a birthday card. But I could use it just as a note card. When it comes right down to it, just 3 of the 5 sentiments in this stamp set are clearly birthday greetings. And the two other images as well as the two remaining sentiments can be used for lots of occasions. Or no occasion at all.
Changing The Tag Sentiment
OK. The original sentiment on the floral arrangement could be seen as a birthday sentiment. But “Enjoy You Day” is only clearly a birthday sentiment if you use one of the other clearly-birthday sentiments along with it. But I thought I’d rather have the sentiment, “For You,” on the tag of this card. And it does fit!
There are two ways I could have done this. One was to use sticky paper to cover the existing sentiment while I was inking up the stamp. Then, when I was ready actually to stamp on cardstock, I’d remove the sticky paper and nothing would stamp where the paper had been. But I always manage to get ink on my fingers when I try to do that. The way I did this was to stamp the floral image a second time (without reinking it) just to get the image of the tag. I cut the tag out, traced around it on cardstock and then stamped the “For You” in the traced section. I cut that out and glued it over the existing sentiment.
Choosing the Colors
When I started this project, I wasn’t sure which colors I was going to use. I’d actually been thinking about pink flowers. But then I just happened to glance at the page in the Stampin’ Up! Catalog that includes the stamp set and those flowers were gold. So that’s what I colored mine. I probably even used the stamp Stampin’ Blends that the artist for the catalog used.
So Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends, with a touch of Pumpkin Pie Blends, colored the flowers. For the leaves I chose Granny Apply Green Stampin’ Blends. After that the colors for the cardstock for the cad became pretty easy to choose.
Cutting and Embossing
I really wanted something other than a plain rectangle for the Basic White layer on which I stamped the flowers. So I chose one of the scalloped rectangles in the Scalloped Contours Dies. Wanting just a bit more texture, I used the Stitched Greenery Die for the Granny Apple Green background layer of cardstock. That die doesn’t cut the leaves all the way through the cardstock. It just leaves the cardstock intact with dotted leaves all over it. A perfect background for a floral image.
The Final Touch – Glossy Dots
I almost let the stamped image go as it was. In fact, I put the card away in my stash and started on another project. But I keep thinkin that it needed something more. So back out it came onto my work table and I finally found something to give it a bit of bling – the Daffodil Delight Dots in the Glossy Dots Assortment. I think it will come out to be sent to someone soon now that it’s got that bit of bling.
Come back on Friday to see one more project using the Amazing Year Stamp Set – and a bit of a technique tip!