Have you wanted to try stamping or are you more advanced after a few years of experience? There is a process called 'Step-it-up' where each card is a little more advanced than the one before but my good friend and stamping buddy came up with a catchy phrase the other night - "Basics to Brilliance". Loved it, and decided to roll with that for an extra post or two this week.
Tonight we will address the basics.
Beautiful Bouquet is a photopolymer stamp set on page 92 of the catalogue, and if you have a Big Shot you are able to utilise Bouquet Bunch Framelits Dies to cut some of these pieces out. If purchased at the same time using the bundled code, they cost you 10% less, and during July, for every $90 spent you earn a voucher for $9 to be spent in August.It will be applied automatically to your order and the vouchers are emailed to you. Keep the code and add them to your August order.
The Host code for orders is 3DZBVQXR and you'll find this bundle here in my shop. The items are also available individually.
Some of the benefits of photopolymer (for beginners especially) is they are see through and you can see where you are placing flowers, sentiments etc. They also retail slightly less than red rubber. This set contains 37 stamps, including some of the nicest sentiments I have ever seen. Birthdays, congratulations, friendship and marriage are the main occasions they address.
For the basic card, I have used half a sheet of thick Whisper White, folded in half and two shades of ink. My choice was Berry Burst and Old Olive. I will confess - when I stamped the group of stems, I moved the stamp and ended up with a second, fainter impression of stems. You just move on, no one would ever question your intentions. Maybe you were after more stems, or a shadow. In my classes I teach ways to overcome these tiny issues which cause crafters anxious moments.I also smudged ink near the wrap that goes around the stem, and I've covered that up with a Glitter Enamel Dot, before adding two more randomly to balance the composition.
It's easy to stamp the individual flower heads at the end of the stems, so a great card for a beginner, or a quick and easy card for the more experienced crafter in a hurry. If you are close enough to me in South Morang, Victoria and would like a basic class, I'm happy to assist you to make one card for $10, two for $15 and it should take an hour or less. School holidays is great for me as I'm away from my usual Integration Aide role. You might even just like to try out this design to start yourself off. Tomorrow, I will share a stepped up version.
Keep on crafting,
P.S. A special 'extra' for you if you sign up to be a demonstrator during July 2017. Read below for more details, feel free to ask me more.