This will be just a quick update on a post from last week about the new Enjoy the Moment Stamp Set. At the time that I wrote that post I’d not yet received one of the cards I was supposed to have received from the swap a few friends and I did. Now I have it and I just had to share it.
The Colors Don’t Have to be Earth Tones!
Every single card that I’ve seen made with this set, including mine, have shown off Stampin’ Up!’s brown colors or at least earth tones – as in the greens I used in one of my cards. As the images in the set are all seed pods, which typically are brown, earth tones seemed to be the way to go. But that’s not what my friend, Shari did. She went full out the other way – to a pastel rainbow of sorts. There’s not the least bit of brown in this card!
What a Nice Job of Emboss Resist!
You probably haven’t read anything from me about emboss resist in years. In fact I can’t remember if I’ve ever shared an emboss resist sample in the dozen or more years that I’ve been been writing the Robin’s Craft Room blog. It’s a technique in which you stamp an image using VersaMark (colorless) ink, emboss the image using White or Clear Embossing Powder (usually), and then sponge color over the image. The color stays on the cardstock but does not stick to the embossed area. It’s such a cool technique, and Shari did a lovely job showing off all those seed pods.
And Why Don’t I Do This?
Emboss resist – in fact, emboss anything, is really easy. You may have to practice a time or two. But there’s not much of a learning curve. But even when I lived in our house and had a large craft room, I had a cat. So getting out a heat tool and embossing powder was a bit of a project in terms of paying attention to where the cat was. As the best view of our garden was from my craft room, that’s where she was. Now that I’m in a small apartment, with my cat over the Rainbow Bridge, it’s a project to get everything out and onto a work table. Something has to be put away for that to happen. But I’m going to have to do it sooner than later if I’m ever going to use the Gold Leaf that’s in the Stampin’ Up! January – June Mini Catalog! Then maybe when it’s out I’ll try some emboss resist before I put everything away. I’ll be sure to let you know.
The Bottom Line
Stamping is art work. Remember that there are 50 Stampin’ Up! colors. Any image can be any one of those colors. Take out one of your stamp sets and imagine it in a color it’s probably never seen before. Then go for it!