This week on the Sisters in Stamping blog we are focusing on the "Occasions" section of the new Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog found on pages 51-80. I decided to use the Love and Sympathy stamp set - it was one that was a "must-have" for me when I first had an opportunity to look through the catalog when we received it on the Alaska cruise because I L-O-V-E floral stamp sets, especially the ones that look watercolored or painted, and also because my stampers are always asking me to design sympathy cards for my monthly stamp-a-stacks. This floral image is super-easy to color with stampin' write markers - that way your foliage and flower can be two different colors. After inking the leaves with old olive and the flower with rich razzleberry I gave a little huff to the stamp to re-moisten the ink and then stamped it on a piece of whisper white card stock.
I don't know how I ever created cards without my Big Shot before we started carrying it! I used the brand new Set of Designer Frames textured impressions folders (oval) on my whisper white card stock panel and the Framed Tulips textured impressions folder on the rich razzleberry card stock layer. And here's a great thing to know - the extra large oval punch fits perfectly inside the oval frame! That way I could stamp the larger flower image and attach it with stampin' dimensionals inside the textured frame. Cool, huh?! I wanted to keep this card clean and simple so just embellished it with small pieces of 1/8" early espresso taffeta ribbon which I ran across the corners of the whisper white card stock and taped behind it before attaching it with stampin' dimensionals to the rich razzleberry card stock layer. The base of my card is early espresso card stock, which matches the ink that I used for the sentiment. I really love this color combination, don't you?!
Don't forget to stamp the inside of your card! I stamped the flower image lighter by first stamping it full-strength on my grid paper and then huffing on it to re-moisten the ink and using the 2nd generation for the inside of my card. I stamped the sentiment on top using my stamp-a-ma-jig for alignment with early espresso ink. I like this card so much that it will be one of the ones I use for my next stamp-a-stack. Hope you like it, too!
For more inspiration from the Occasions section of the catalog, be sure and head over to the Sisters in Stamping blog after Noon EST today to see what Jacque, Karla and Rachel came up with this week. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!!
Products used with today's project include the following. If you'd like to place an order for any of these items, please visit my online store or contact me to place it for you. Thanks!