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

CASE the Catty Day 4: Rooted in Nature Thinking of You Card

Today is Day 4 of my CASE the Catty week!  My card today is based on a card from the Notes of Kindness card kit.  I LOVE this kit!  It has gorgeous colors and designs.  Here is a picture of the four different cards it makes:

The card I CASE’d is the one in the top right corner.  This time, I copied the basic design, but substituted different colors and embellishments, as well as sentiments!

For my card today, I used a Sahara Sand card base and Very Vanilla as my main background color.  I also used Soft Sea Foam and Soft Suede. It’s such a soft, neutral color palette, with just a bit of bold color from the Soft Suede!  I used the Rooted in Nature stamp set for the leaves, tree cross section, and sentiment.  I also stamped some spatter pattern all over the background using a stamp from the Touches of Texture set, which was stamped in Sahara Sand to match the base!  The sentiment piece was fussy cut with Paper Snips.

For embellishments, I added some vellum leaves, which were made with the NEW Sprig Punch from the Holiday Catalog, as well as some Pearl Basic Jewels and Linen Thread.  Before adding the pearls, I colored them with the Ivory Stampin’ Blends Marker to match the Very Vanilla background.  The Ivory marker is perfect for adding just a hint of color to the pearls so that they are not so bright white!  Did you know that Stampin’ Blends in ANY color can be used on most of our embellishments?  You can basically create embellishments in any color you need!  (Well, as long as it’s a current Stampin’ Blends color!)  It’s just one more reason why the Stampin’ Blends are so useful!

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Very Vanilla background layer:  4 x 5-1/4 inches

Very Vanilla sentiment piece: 2-5/8 x 2-5/8 inches (approximately)

Vellum sprig punch pieces:  1-1/2 x 1-1/4 inches

 

I hope you like my card today! Please check back tomorrow for another CASE the Catty project!

Nicolle

 

Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Card…with a (Peppermint) Twist

Last week, I read a blog post about a card that was scented with essential oils.  I was completely intrigued, so I decided to give it a try myself!  The key is to mix the essential oil with embossing paste.  For this card, I decided to use peppermint essential oil.  I added one drop of the oil to 1/2 tablespoon of the embossing paste and mixed well before applying it to the card.  It smells so good!

This card uses a mix of products from the annual catalog, both new and returning.  The dragonfly was made using the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits and there are also some vellum leaves made with the Leaf Punch.  Both of these items are returning favorites from previous catalogs!  New products include the Colored Doilies (I used the white side), the Rooted in Nature stamp set for the sentiment, and the upcoming Stitched Seasons Thinlits dies for the light green leaves (available August 1st).

 

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)

Basic Black middle layer:  4 x 5-1/4 inches

Balmy Blue top layer: 3-7/8 x 5-1/8 inches

Basic Black circle behind dragonfly: 2-1/4 inches in diameter

Sparkle Glimmer Paper dragonfly:  3-1/4 x 2-1/4 inches

Whisper White sentiment circle: 1-3/8 inches

Vellum leaves:  1-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches

Soft Sea Foam Leaves:  2 x 3/4 inches

 

The card was embellished with some Whisper White 1/8 inch sheer ribbon and a few iridescent sequins.  The scent definitely adds something different!  (Although I couldn’t help but want to eat it at one point!  LOL!)   If you have any questions about how this card was made, please let me know!

Thanks for checking in today!

Nicolle

 

Tea Room Friendship Card

One of my favorite designer series papers in this year’s catalog is the Tea Room Specialty Designer Series Paper!  This paper has a great selection of beautiful patterns including flowers, bees, butterflies, and more.  And the colors are just gorgeous!  The pattern I used for today’s card is a mix of flowers, leaves, and butterflies, and is printed in shades of Crushed Curry.  I decided to pair the paper with Basic Gray, as I love the combination of yellow, gray, and white (though in this case, it’s Crushed Curry, Basic Gray, and Very Vanilla!)

The sentiment is from the Time for Tea photopolymer stamp set, and the scalloped layer behind the sentiment is from the Spot of Tea Framelits dies.  The paper, stamps, framelits, and the ribbon I used are all from the NEW Tea Room Suite!  The full suite of products can be found on pages 14-15 in the annual catalog, or you can view them HERE.

Besides the Tea Room ribbon, I embellished this card with some vellum leaves.  Some were cut with the Leaf Punch, and others were cut using a die from the Bouquet Bunch Framelits.  I also added some copper leaves from the Leaves Trinkets embellishments, as well as a couple of Share What You Love Artisan Pearls to finish it off!  Here’s a close up of the embellishments on and around the sentiment piece:

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

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

Crushed Curry middle layer:  4 x 5-1/4 inches

DSP top layer: 3-7/8 x 5-1/8 inches

Basic Gray sentiment backing layer: 2-3/4 inches in diameter (approximately)

Very Vanilla sentiment piece:  2-1/4 inches in diameter

Vellum pieces for leaves: 1-3/4 x 2 inches (approximately)

 

You can find all of the products used on this card in the links below!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great weekend!

Nicolle

 

Sending Prayers with the Rooted in Nature Bundle

Today’s project was made with the NEW Rooted in Nature Bundle.  This new bundle includes both the 16 piece Rooted in Nature stamp set, as well as the 12 piece Nature’s Roots Framelits Dies.  I also used a VERY cool new product called Big Shot Embossing Mats to emboss the leaves up the left side of the card.  This new product allows you to use cutting dies to emboss, rather than just cut!  This opens up so many new possibilities for embossing!

Here’s a peek at the Rooted in Nature Bundle:

Of course, both the stamp set and cutting dies are available separately, but purchasing them as a bundle will save you 10% off the cost of the two products separately!

Other products used on this card include the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, Layering Ovals Framelits, Linen Thread, Leaves Trinkets, Clear Wink of Stella, and the NEW Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set!

 

Measurements for this card are as follows:

Soft Suede cardstock base layer:  5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches (scored at 4-1/4 inches and folded in half)

Very Vanilla layer:  4-5-1/4 inches

Very Vanilla square layer:  2-5/8 x 2-5/8 inches

Very Vanilla sentiment piece:  3/4 x 1-3/4 inches

Finished trees:  1-3/4 x 3 inches (approximately)

 

The Rooted in Nature bundle is part of the new Nature’s Poem Suite, which will be available June 1st!  Have you received a copy of the new catalog?  If not, and you do not already have demonstrator, I would be happy to send one to you!  Contact me today to get yours!

Thanks for checking in!

Nicolle