Friday 19 June 2020

Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop - Flowers for Every Season

The Artisan Team have had the pleasure of working with the gorgeous Flowers for Every Season suite for this hop. This mega-suite is full of floral goodness. The Jar of Flowers stamp set and punch, and the Celebrate Sunflowers bundle are just the beginning. There's also a sumptuous set of 6"x6" DSP, a three-ribbon combo, the Flowers for Every Season gems and the most adorable mason jar shaker domes.

The stamp sets can be used by themselves or can be combined. The DSP utilises the new In-Colours, so is rich and vibrant. Even better, there is a set of co-ordinating Memories&More cards to give more scope with this suite.

I've made three projects: one using just the Jar of Flowers bundle, one using the Celebrate Sunflowers bundle and one combining them. 

Jar of Flowers

For this card, I chose one of the flower bunches and embossed it in white on Whisper White cardstock. Then I sponged it with Magenta Madness in the area of the flowers and Just Jade in the area of the leaves.
There are four bunches in the stamp set to choose from, one for each season and I've used the summer roses.

After layering it up, I embossed a jar stamp onto vellum and cut it out using the jar punch. The sentiment comes from one of the Memories&More cards. I cut out some of the words from a journalling card and popped them up on mini-dimensionals. To finish off, I added a trio of Flowers for Every Season gems. They come in a mix of clear and Just Jade.

Celebrate Sunflowers

I'm such  a soft-touch when it comes to intricate dies. The Sunflowers dies are just magnificent. In addition to dies to cut the stamped images, there are lacy leaves and a lacy sunflower that are real showstoppers.  I wanted to make them the stars of this project.

I started with a piece of Whisper White card stock. I die cut sunflowers and leaves from it, keeping them pleasingly spaced on the page. Then I ran the piece through the Tasteful Textile embossing folder - this embossing folder is already a favourite of mine!

I layered this piece of Whisper White over a pretty, summery floral from the Flowers for Every Season DSP stack and then carefully replaced the die cuts back in where they had been cut from. The Bumble Bee centres are cut with another die from the set. 

To create the sentiment, I used sponge daubers to apply ink to the stamp. I used Magenta Madness for the top part and Just Jade for the bottom. Where they overlap, you get a more purple colour. Then I cut it out with the Paper Trimmer but fussy cutting around the loops of script.

This is mounted on dimensionals over a piece of Whisper White faux linen ribbon from the Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo pack. Beautiful ribbon, isn't it?

Jar of Flowers and Celebrate Sunflowers

This card utilises both sets. I started with a Just Jade card base and stamped over the edge and bottom with the bunch of sunflowers, from Jar of Flowers, in Just Jade ink. This is the same stamp that I've used to stamp the corner of the sentiment, but this time in Bumble Bee ink.

Before running the Whisper White card front through the Tasteful Textile embossing folder, I stamped the striped 'table' in Magenta Madness.

The small sunflowers from Celebrate Sunflowers were stamped in Saddle Brown Stazon  onto Fluid 100 Watercolour paper, then coloured with ink and water painter. They were die cut out, along with some single leaves I'd stamped and inked too.

The stems of foliage were die-cut in Whisper White and are from the Sunflowers die set. I sponged them in Just Jade to give them a softer look. 

I arranged them all in a jar cut using the Jar punch. I stamped off the stems so that they'd look like they were in water. Finally, I added a few of the Just Jade gems from the Flowers for Every Season gems.

As you can see, while each bundle works well by itself, there's so much more to be gained from having them both.

You can carry on through the hop. Next stop - Lauren Alarid, aka The Crafty Little Peach.

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  1. Dear Jan, your projects are fantastic, love all those bright colors you used!!

  2. Beautiful Jan !! I love everything !

  3. Jan these are beautiful and so many techniques!

  4. Amazing cards Jan - so colorful and with so many clever details

  5. Oh Jan, I love this trio of cards! There's no way I can pick a favourite, they're all so different!

  6. Lovely cards Jan. Love the bright colors and the soft sponging and all the little details

  7. Gorgeous projects Jan - a great way to show how we just ‘need it all’ 😉

  8. So great projects! I love the bright colors and the diversity!

  9. Your third creation is my favorite. The colors are so cheery and there's so much texture.

  10. Absolutely beautiful cards, Jan!!! Love all of the techniques you used, and the background you created are gorgeous!!!

  11. Love your cards! could you tell me the size of your card stock for the celebrate flowers with the cutouts of sunflowers. It is such a beautiful card.

    1. Thank you! The card base is a standard A4 piece, so the size of the card front is 10.5cm x 14.8cm. The Magenta Madness mat is 10cm x 14.3cm. The white with the die cuts taken out of it is only slightly smaller than the Magenta mat - it is not a full 0.5cm smaller all around. I cut the white at 9.7cm x 14 cm. I hope that helps. :-)

  12. Jan, your designs are absolutely beautiful!! I have questions about adhesive, what do you use when attaching the sunflower (the whisper white) and what do you use with velium? These are two things I struggle with the intricate dies, which i love and the "see through" velium

    1. Hello Edith. Thank you for your kind comments. Adhering such delicate cuts can be a problem, I agree! What I did for these ones (the sunflower and leaves) was to use my silicon craft mat, a piece of sponge and multi-purpose adhesive. If you put a daub of glue in one corner of the mat and use the sponge to very lightly dab it onto the back of the die cut, you don't get that ooziness of glue that you get when you apply glue directly to the die cut. It goes give you less 'wiggle room' than when the glue is still very liquid though. I use tweezers to help put the dies back in place too. You do have to make sure that when you go to apply the glue to a second die cut piece that you don't put it over a spot on the mat that has already got dabbed off glue on it, or else you'll end up with a tacky front - so place carefully and if necessary, wash the at between pieces. As to vellum - always a problem! With the jar of flowers, I used glue dots along but made sure to place them where other things would go over the top. In this case, under the words and I think there might even be one under the clear gem. If I'd used a vellum overlay on the third card with the jar of flowers, I'd have put glue dots along the top where they'd be hidden under the flowers and one where the die cut of the fallen leaf would cover it. I hope this helps answer your questions. :-)