I love it when the product of playtime actually ends up looking good. This next project is the result of looking at a home decor catalog and a messy worktable. There I was trying to decide if I should clean my workspace or just start another project on top of the mess. I had a couple of home decor catalogs open for inspiration and it hit me. Ink a stamp with the daubers. 

I had been blending Merry Merlot, Gray Granite, Pumpkin Pie, Mossy Meadow. Crushed Curry, and Cajun Craze ink with daubers. So, I picked them up and pounced the leafy branch from Positive Thoughts stamp set. There was still enough ink to give the image a nice subtle blended look.

Here are the 2 cards that I created


gold leaves behind oval and leaf cluster
Leaf, embossed signet, gold script
simple one layer stamping

I am drawn to the Positive Thoughts stamp set and Nature’s Touch dies. There is an organic feel to all the images. For these cards, I am using the leafy branch and combining it with Very Versailles, Free As A Bird, Forever Gold laser-cut Specialty Paper, Scripty 3D and Dainty Diamonds embossing folders, and a gold hoop. The seal is a retired embellishment, Floral Romance Seals. I thought it added a nice touch against the Merry Merlot and Gray Granite.

Playtime Tips

I encourage you to play with your Stampin’ Up! products. Everything coordinates so well. Here are some things to think about.

  • Add texture with embossing folders.
  • Stamp and emboss the area behind a focal point.
  • Fussy cut a sentiment.
  • Group your elements in a cluster for a larger focal point.
  • Dip the edge of your panel in Versamark and heat emboss with gold, white or silver embossing powder.
  • Add Dimensionals.
  • Burnish the edges with additional color.
  • Flick ink with the brush end and cap of a Stampin’ Blend.
  • Die-cut layers using the many wonderful frames.
  • Change the color of cardstock using a sponge wedge, brayer, or dauber and ink pad.

There are so many different techniques that can take your projects to the next level. Do not be afraid.

Now go play. 


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