One of the new stamp sets that includes just sentiments is called Sassy Salutations. I wasn't quite sure how much I liked it when I saw it on paper in the new 2012-2013 Stampin' Up! Catalog. But now that I have it in my craft room, I'm finding that it's a lot more versatile that I imagined it to be. The font is a bit different from that which I'm used to, and all those greetings packed together in one picture made them look well, a bit too "cutesy." Today's card shows how nice they can look on a greeting card.
The most fun about this card is that I had someone in my craft room with me to help with suggestions! This is the card that I made while Kivonne Tucker was visiting from Seattle – and while she was off to another side of the Craft Room working on her own card, which I shared with you yesterday. It was SO much fun to sit and look at the card's possibilities and not just have myself to talk to. Kivonne was there to give suggestions and answer questions that I usually just ask myself! "Hmmm, what about using some Tangerine Tango as a mat?" I actually had someone there to answer me!!! Definitely fun.
I knew from the time that I saw the SUDSOL sketch that I wanted to use my brand new stamp set, Papillon Potpourri. This is a stamp set that has six butterflies in it, along with a seventh stamp for their little antennae. I focused right in on the two images that are made entirely out of flowers – I just love the whole idea of making an image out of other images. And these two, though of different sizes, are made out of the same floral images. Fun to work with! For the four little butterflies on the element at the back, I chose Rich Razzleberry, Rose Red, Baja Breeze and Tangerine Tango, all colors in the Floral District Designer Series Paper set. I used one of the sheets from the set as the back mat for the element on which I stamped the four little butterflies. Then I used Stampin' Write Markers with the same four colors to color in the larger butterfly, starting by coloring the edge with Rich Razzleberry and then coloring in the center with the other colors.
Other elements on this card on which both Kivonne and I agreed were: Using the Fancy Fans Embossing Folder to emboss the layer that's the background for the larger butterfly and using the Elegant Butterfly Punch for it. Finally, I thought of the idea of punching a butterfly out of Rich Razzleberry and cutting it into four pieces and adhering the pieces to the back of the butterfly, letting them peek out from behind to make a sort of mat. Nice touch!
One thing that I do a lot with my cards is change them up a bit once I've had a chance to see photos of them. I kept feeling that this card needed just a little bit of "something" to punch it up a bit. I finally figured it out, though the result looks more dramatic in person than in a photo – I added that one little Basic Rhinestone over one of the flowers up at the right of the butterfly. So even after a card is "done," don't feel as if you can't change it up a bit if it's not just what you want!
Now here's the Sassy Salutations stamp set. I'm glad that Kivonne suggested it to me, as I didn't even think of using it in what is supposed to be a "lovely" card rather than a "cutesy" card. Now I have a bit more respect for the images in this set.
Here is a sketch of the final layout for today's card. The original sketch idea came form the SUDSOL online group for Stampin' Up! Demonstrators. Mine is a bit different from the original SUDSOL sketch. And I certainly hope that you take some liberties with the sketches I suggest if you decide to use them for a different set of images! For example, if there's too much or too little room around a stamped image, trim it! Or add a mat! But most of all, have fun with it!