In addition to participating in regular Blog Hops, the Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team also bring you weekly Instagram Tips and Tricks and do a number of posts for the Stampin' Up! Facebook Page. This week, it was my turn to share something on the SU Facebook page, in the form of a photo album. I'm doing this post as I know that more than a few of my customers and followers are not Facebook people and I'd love you to see these too.
I chose to share a favourite set, Queen Anne's Lace, and a favourite technique - sponging.
Here are the three cards I made for this album and a brief explanation of how I did them. You can also see these by going to Stampin' Up's Facebook page and looking at the albums - and you'll also see the work of the other Artisans. (Until recently, these projects were shared in the now-unavailable Notes section.)
Using a mask of torn copier paper, I stamped some of the flower stem stamps from Queen Anne’s Lace (item 152607) in Versamark (item 102283) and embossed the images using White Embossing Powder (item 109132). Then I used the following inks to sponge over the exposed area: Old Olive (item 147090), Rich Razzleberry (item 147091) and Crushed Curry (item 147087). The sponging highlights the white embossed flower stems. Before removing the mask, I added in some of the same stem images in Crushed Curry. The sentiment is stamped in Tuxedo Black (item 132708 ) and die cut using one of the Tasteful Labels dies (item 152886). As in the first card, the panel is cut using the largest of the Stitched Rectangles dies (item 151820) and mounted on a mat of Crushed Curry (item 131288) embossed using the Tasteful Textiles embossing folder (item 152718). The front is mounted onto an Old Olive (item 106576) base. Three Gilded Gems (item 152478) complete the card.
I started with a piece of Whisper White card (item 106549) and stamped the flower stem image from Queen Anne’s Lace in the bottom corner twice in Old Olive ink. After placing it on top of the Rich Razzleberry base, I used the second largest of the Stitched Nested Labels dies (item 149638) to cut a window through both layers. I lined up a piece of Crushed Curry under the window in the white piece and cut out a smaller window using the next-size-down die. The white piece was embossed with the Dainty Diamonds embossing folder (item 152712). The Crushed Curry window is sandwiched between the base and embossed white piece so that only the inner window edge is showing. The sentiment was die cut using one of the Tasteful Labels dies (item 152886). After pencilling in the outline of the window on the white card inner, I stamped the two-step floral stamp in Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry and the stem only in Old Olive. Then I sponged over the whole image lightly in Crushed Curry to ground the image and to suggest a hint of sunshine.
Here's what it looks like open.