Simple Stamping Sunday: Rooted in Nature

In yesterday’s post, I gave a brief introduction to Stampin’ Up’s new campaign for 2019: Simple Stamping. The goal of Simple Stamping is to introduce stamping to beginning stampers and help them learn and build confidence in creating beautiful cards and projects with only very basic stamping supplies. For a card to be considered a Simple Stamping card, it must only use three products: a notecard for the base, ONE stamp set, and ink. That’s it! No layers, no embellishments, no punches, dies, or other decoration, no Designer Series Paper…just the three basic supplies mentioned above! For an avid crafter who has been stamping for a long time and likes to embellish everything, the thought of doing something so simple is surprisingly daunting! But looking at it through the eyes of a beginner makes it a little easier to understand the premise behind it!

My card today is my very first attempt at a Simple Stamping card, and I made it according to guidelines set forth by Stampin’ Up! for a December Challenge. (Nothing like waiting until the last minute, right?!) The guidelines for this month’s Simple Stamping challenge were to make a thank you card using only one stamp set from the Annual Catalog. My first thought was that I could also only use one color ink, but I found out after I had already completed the card that I could have used multiple colors. Oh well! I am still really happy with the final product! I LOVE monochromatic cards, especially in green, as it is my favorite color!

For this card, I used a base from the Very Vanilla Notecards and Envelopes. These cards come 20 to a package, and come with matching envelopes. (They are also available in Whisper White!) The notecards are slightly smaller than a regular size card. They measure 3-1/2 x 5 inches in size, as opposed to the full size of 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches, but there is still plenty of room to make a beautiful card! I also used the Rooted in Nature stamp set and Pear Pizzazz ink.

To dress this card up just a tiny bit, I used what’s called the “Kissing technique” to make the background behind the leaf image. In the stamp set I used, there is a large stamp of a cross section of a tree. I inked it up with the Pear Pizzazz ink, then stamped it off once, as I didn’t want it to be too dark. I then took my Clear Block C and pressed it onto the stamp to transfer the ink from the stamp to the block. Because the ink was coming off a stamp, not only did the ink transfer, but the pattern of the stamp also transferred! (This is the “kissing” part of the technique.) I then stamped the block directly onto the notecard. Once it was dry, I stamped the leaves in full strength ink, as well as the sentiment underneath it. And the card was done!

I will admit, my first instinct after finishing this card was to reach for some sequins and Wink of Stella! But per the Simple Stamping rules, I was good and did not add any! (Though it was really hard not to!) My normal style tends to be pretty simple anyway, but this is so much simpler than what I usually make. I do love the simplicity of this card though!

I hope you will consider giving Simple Stamping a try! Not only is great for new stampers, it’s also great when you need something fast. I made this card start to finish in less than five minutes (and that includes stamping the envelope too)!

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Please let me know if you have any questions! Thanks for visiting!

Nicolle

It’s Merry Monday with the Feather & Frost Stamp Set!

It’s time for another Merry Monday project!  This week’s project features the new Feather & Frost stamp set, as well as the Joyous Noel Specialty Designer Series Paper.  This card would be a perfect card for beginning stampers, as the layout is simple and easy to recreate, OR would be perfect if you need something quick and easy for the holidays!

The Feather & Frost stamp set is a photopolymer set that includes 13 stamps.  The image stamps in this set are perfect for coloring:

For my card, I stamped the leaves and berries in Tuxedo Black Memento ink.  Once dry, I colored them with Mint Macaron Stampin’ Blends, as well as my Merry Merlot Stampin’ Write Marker, and cut them out using the Layering Squares Framelits.   I stamped the Joy sentiment in Tranquil Tide ink, then punched it out with the 1-3/8 inch scalloped circle punch and adhered it to the main image.

The card was layered with the DSP background layer and a strip of Tranquil Tide cardstock, and then was wrapped four times with Linen Thread before adhering to the base.  The colored, scalloped square piece was adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals, ot give it a little detail and height. It was finished off with Tranquil Tide pearls from the Share What You Love Artisan Pearls embellishments!

 
Measurements for this card are as follows:

Tranquil Tide card stock base:  5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches (scored at 4-1/4 inches and folded in half)

Sahara Sand middle layer:  3-7/8 x 5-1/8 inches

Joyous Noel DSP top layer:  3-3/4 x 5 inches

Whisper White scalloped square piece:  3 x 3 inches

Tranquil Tide strip behind square:  1-1/4 x 3-3/4 inches

 

Thank you for visiting today!  I hope you have a great day!

Nicolle

A Simple Thank You Made With Wishing You Well

My card today features the new Wishing You Well stamp set!  The set can be found on page 35 of the Holiday Catalog.  This gorgeous new set has photorealistic images of a bow, wreath, flowers, and more!  It includes 8 stamps in your choice of wood mount or clear mount, and has a nice mix of both images and sentiments!  Take a look at the full set below:

 

I decided to keep this card VERY simple.  Although the Wishing You Well set was used for the image and bow, the sentiment came from Itty Bitty Greetings, and the polka dot accents came from the Petal Palette set!

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

Thick Whisper White card stock base:  5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches (scored at 4-1/4 inches and folded in half)

Sahara Sand middle layer:  3-3/4 x 5 inches

Whisper White top layer:  3-1/2 x 4-3/4 inches

Bow piece:  1-1/4 x 2 inches (approximately)

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed my project today! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Nicolle

 

Thankful for the Falling For Leaves Stamp Set!

My card today features a new stamp set called Falling for Leaves!  It is a photopolymer set that contains 11 stamps.  It contains 8 leaves/foliage stamps and 3 sentiments.  The set can be purchased separately or as part of the Falling for Leaves Bundle, which also includes the 8 piece Detailed Leaves Thinlits.  (Purchase them together as the bundle and save 10%!)  Here’s what the full bundle looks like:

For my card today, I used only the stamp set.  Both the leaf and the sentiment are from the set.  I heat embossed the large leaf in white on Shimmery White card stock.  When it was cool, I used an aqua painter to apply Coastal Cabana and Granny Apple Green ink.  I also finely spattered some of both colors across the card stock as well!  When the ink was dry, I stamped the sentiment in Jet Black StazOn ink, and added some Glitter Enamel Dots to finish it off!

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

Basic Black card stock base:  5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches (scored at 4-1/4 inches and folded in half)

Shimmery White card stock top layer:  4 x 5-1/4 inches

 

I love these colors together, especially against the black and white!  I hope you do too!  The Falling for Leaves stamp set, thinlits, and bundle will be available September 5th.  Check them out in the online store beginning then, or contact me for a catalog today!

Thanks for visiting!

Nicolle