When I first saw the Work of Art stamp set at the Stampin’ Up! 2014 Annual Catalog Premiere, I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure about it. But, I love a free gift, so I was excited to try it out when we received it at the end of the night. Boy, was my first impression wrong! I have really enjoyed working with that set! And, the Blended Bloom stamp is quickly becoming a favorite! I think it is going to give my Blooming with Kindness stamp set a run for its money when it comes to “ink time.” If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know I love that Blooming with Kindness flower! LOL.
It has been so much fun playing with all my new items from the 2014 annual catalog pre-order. If you haven’t seen the new catalog yet, now is a great time to get your hands on one so you can get your wish list ready for the official launch on June 2nd. I will be mailing out complimentary copies to all my customers who place an order of $25 or more during the month of May.
I chose a Blackberry Bliss card base for my project today. It is one of the new In Colors, and I am totally in love with this dark, regal shade of purple. Next, I stamped the Blended Bloom stamp in the corner of a panel of Whisper Whisper white card stock using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. While I was at it, I also stamped a second flower on another sheet of card stock.
Next, I stamped the leaf image from the Summer Silhouettes stamp set along the edges of my Whisper White panel using Mossy Meadow ink (another new In Color). For some of the images, I stamped off then stamped on the card, to give greater range of color in my card design. Then, I stamped the paint splotches (yes, that is a technical term) in Wisteria Wonder and Hello Honey. For the Hello Honey “paint” I stamped off once before stamping on my card to give the color a little softer effect.
I just love the “You are a Fabulous Work of Art” sentiment from the Work of Art stamp set. The font is whimsical, and I adore the affirming message. I used Blackberry Bliss ink and my stamp-a-ma-jig to make sure I got the placement just perfect. Then it was time for some coloring!
I used my new Stampin’ Blendabilities markers (release date TBD) in Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, and Pumpkin Pie to color in my flower images. I used the “dark to light” method (click here to see my video tutorial) to achieve the beautifully blended contrast and shading. Once my flowers were both colored, I cut out the second flower I had stamped and set it aside until my card front was finished.
I added a panel of Designer Series Paper from the Moonlight Paper Stack to the bottom of my stamped panel using SNAIL. I ran SNAIL adhesive across the place where my two panels joined on the front of the card, leaving a 1″ gap where I wanted to put my knot. Then I added a length of Hello Honey 3/8″ Stiched Satin Ribbon to my combined panel and anchored it on the back with SNAIL. I slid a shorter piece of the ribbon under that one (where I had left a space in my adhesive) and tied it in a knot. I have found that this method saves on materials, because you don’t have to wrap the ribbon all the way around the panel.
Finally, I added my flower to the bottom of the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals, and added some rhinestones that I colored using the Stampin’ Blendabilties. For the inside of my card, I created an abstract design using the paint splotches from Work of Art.
I am really happy with how this card turned out. I hope you like it too. As always, if you are a fan, please pin this project to Pinterest and leave me a comment. You will find a “pin it” button at the very bottom of this post below the supply list and cards stock cuts. Also, if you like my work, why not subscribe to my blog via email. All you have to do is click on “follow” in the sidebar.
I hope you will consider selecting me as your demonstrator for your purchases of these great new products and all your other stamping supplies. If you need any stamping supplies you can shop now in my online store! Also, remember that I’ve got a stack of brand new catalogs hot off the presses waiting for you. If you place an order of $25 or more during the month of May, I will send you your very own copy free of charge! Feel free to drop me an email if you have any questions. I’m here to help!
WEEKLY DEALS for May 13-19
Click here to see the Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up! in my online store. The Weekly Deals are only while supplies last and only available at these great prices through May 19.
Stampin’ Up! items used to create today’s project:
If you would like to order any of the products featured in today’s project, click the images below to order from my online store. (Keep in mind that some sneak peek items will not be available for purchase until June 2, 2014.)
Card Stock Cuts
Card Base: Blackberry Bliss – 4-1/4″ x 11″
Panels: Whisper White – 4″ x 3-1/2″ panel (front), 4″ x 5-1/4″ panel (inside); Moonlight DSP – 4″ x 1-3/4″ panel