I mentioned earlier this week that my friend, Donna, has been visiting for a while. The first thing she did when she came to visit me was to go through the Stampin’ Up! 2021-22 Annual Catalog. She and I have stamped together a lot in the past (we were both impacted by the Kilauea Volcano eruption in 2018). So I was pretty sure that which stamp sets and accessories would catch her attention. But I was only partially correct.
A New Stamp Set – Turtle Friends
When Donna got to the page with the Turtle Friends Stamp Set, she didn’t hesitate. So that went on her list. I hadn’t given that stamp set a second look. But now that she was going to have it delivered while she was still here in Hawai’i, I had to give it that second look as I was going to have the chance to work with it.
This stamp set can be purchased all by itself. But there’s also a punch that coordinates with it. There are three turtle images in the stamp set: one large turtle and two small turtles. The punch works with the larger of the turtles. And I’ll be showing that off to you within the week as I’ve made a really fun card with it.
Watercolor Shapes Again
I mentioned in a previous post that all of Donna’s new goodies were going to be delivered to me. Donna and I were going to be playing with them later in the week and she asked if I could use her sets and then show her how to use them when she came to visit in a few days. What a treat that was. I’ve already shown how I used the large rectangle shape in the card with the Color & Contour flower. The turtles looked like they might be a good candidate to try out the larger circular shape from the Shapes set. That’s what you see as the base image in the center of the card
Oh, Those Cute Little Turtles
I especially like that Stampin’ Up! created this stamp set with two little turtles, each facing in a different direction. While I know I can always create a mirror image with a silicone sheet, the original stamp always looks better to me. You may have noticed that the entire card is the Mint Macaron color. That’s why I decided to leave the turtles white and just make their shells the Mint Macaron color. In a layer project that I’ll post next week, I colored the turtles in a lighter color and their shells in a darker green.
The Rest of the Card
The three little hearts at the top of the card, as well as the sentiment at the bottom, are both from the Turtle Friends Stamp Set. I also repeated the heart stamp on the inside of the card on the Basic White Cardstock layer that I placed in there.
This really isn’t a true Stamp-Ink-Paper card as I chose to add some White Baker’s Twine to give a bit more white to accent the card. I used about 10-12 feet of the Baker’s Twine to make a twisted cord for the card. If you like that kind of accent, there must be quite a few YouTube videos to show how to make it. My written tutorials do not do justice to this kind of craft.
The Bottom Line
I’m sure by now that you’ve gone through the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog and think you’ve seen everything that interests you. But after I was introduced to the Turtles, I went back through the catalog much more carefully. I found some things that I couldn’t believed I’d missed the first three times I leafed through it. That’s because I “leafed.” This time I studied. I’ll be sharing some things you might never have seen here over the next few weeks because of it.
Happy Stamping – and catalog studying!