This is the second in a late February/early March series featuring the Thoughtful Blooms Stamp Set and the Small Bloom Punch. Both of these are in this year’s Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-Bration Brochure. And you can get the Stamp Set FOR FREE with a $50 purchase from Stampin’ Up!, and the Small Bloom Punch FOR FREE with a $100 purchase.
Keeping It Clean and Simple!
As with last week’s post using this stamp set and coordinating punch, I CASEd a card that another Stampin’ Up! demonstrator had designed. This time I found a card that sister demonstrator, Sue Lehrer, created. Once again, the card features three of the stamped larger blooms from the stamp set. But in this card, she punched only two of the blooms. By stamping the third bloom in the grouping directly onto the background cardstock, she created a little more sense of texture in the card.
I really like the second square, in the coordinating Basic Black cardstock, that’s laid out at an angle behind the top layer. It’s such a simple thing. But it caught my eye as soon as I saw it. And of course, I really liked that, besides Whisper White, the only two “colors” in the card are the Bermuda Bay and the Black. That helps keep the “simple” feeling of the card.
Making My Own Printed Paper
I think that the strip of Whisper White cardstock with the stamp set images is a great idea for this card. Yes, you could certainly find some coordinating Designer Series Paper to go with the card’s design. But how much fun and less cost is it to make your own? For this card, I stamped the white cardstock using Tuxedo Memento Black Ink to randomly stamp several of the designs from the stamp set. And with that strip of the Black Glitter Ribbon across the front of that, it just pops!
And Another Thought
After I made, photographed and SENT this card, I wondered if maybe I hadn’t been a bit to strict with the simplicity. I’m thinking now that, if I make this card again, I may add some texture to the Bermuda Bay cardstock layer with an embossing folder. What do you think?
Whatever you think, I hope you have fun with whatever you’re stamping today!