Stamp Review: Colorful Seasons
In today’s card I combine some a fun inky background technique with one of my favorite stamps sets from the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog: Colorful Seasons!
As a demonstrator, I had the opportunity to order from a select list of new catalog products a month early. Colorful Seasons was at the very top of my preorder list and I have been reaching for it again and again in the last few weeks.
I love the versatility of this set. It’s specifically designed to have you covered all year round, no matter the season. This is great for both card making and scrapbooking. It also has some wonderful sentiments in really beautiful fonts. The stamp set coordinates with a die set that has a combination of framelits that cut around the edges of the stamped images and thinlits which cut intricate shapes.
My card today showcases one of the beautiful sentiments from the Colorful Seasons stamp set and three leaf dies: two framelits and thinlit.
Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop
I am excited to be joining the Stamp Review Crew for the first time today! This is a group of incredibly talented artists who participate in semimonthly blog hops showcasing a different Stampin’ Up! stamp set each time.
In case you are unfamiliar, a blog hop is an event where several bloggers post on the same topic then link their blog posts together in a circle.
In today’s blog hop the Stamp Review Crew is featuring project ideas that use the Colorful Seasons stamp set. Follow the Next buttons at the bottom of each post to visit each blog in order and see all the amazing projects the artists in the Stamp Review Crew have made to inspire you!
You can also click the banner above to visit the Stamp Review Crew’s home page. There you will find a full list of the participating artists and their post links in case you get lost along the way. You can also find all of the Crew’s past blog hops for even more inspiration!
Washi Tape Masking Technique
The background for my card uses a washi tape masking technique to create bold stripes. Here’s how I made it:
- Cover the workspace with a piece of scratch paper.
- Lay four to five strips of Washi Tape vertically (but not totally parallel) across a piece of cardstock. Stick the tape to a piece of clothing before sticking it to the paper; this picks up a little bit of lint and makes the tape slightly less sticky and easier to remove later without tearing the paper.
- Sponge on Lemon Lime Twist ink in the spaces between the washi strips. After adding ink to a sponge, rub it on scratch paper first; this helps avoid blotches. Then use circular rubbing motions to apply the ink to the paper.
- Move the washi tape strips to slightly different places, changing the angles and positions. Peel the tape slowly to avoid tearing the paper. Add a second layer of sponged Lemon Lime Twist. In the places where two layers overlap, the ink will look darker.
- Move the washi tape one final time. Add a layer of sponged Emerald Envy ink.
- First, cut an Emerald Envy card base.
- Next, cut a Whisper White panel 1/4″ (0.6 cm) smaller than the card base. Decorate this panel with Lemon Lime Twist and Emerald Envy stripes using the Washi Tape Masking Technique described above.
- On a piece of Whisper White cardstock, stamp an ombre sentiment from the Colorful Seasons stamp set. For an ombre effect, ink the stamp with Lemon Lime Twist normally first, then sponge Emerald Envy ink on the left and right sides before stamping it.
- Die cut the sentiment using Layering Circles dies. Select the coordinating scalloped circle from the same set and die cut an Emerald Envy scalloped circle. Adhere these two circles together.
- Using Seasonal Layers thinlit dies, die cut a small Lemon Lime Twist solid leaf, a large Emerald Envy solid leaf, and an intricate Lemon Lime Twist leaf.
- Position the sentiment and the die cut leaf shapes on the striped background. Place the large and small leaf framelits to determine where the final leaf shapes should be cut.
- Remove all the pieces except for the framelits from the background and die cut the two leaves from the background.
- Adhere the background to the card base.
- Curl the background leaves so the tips stick up then replace them in the holes they were cut from. Adhere the bottom of the leaves flat and leave the tips sticking up. Using dimensionals behind the leaf tips is optional: it may help keep the leaves from getting squished down in an envelope, but on my small leaf it added an unnatural looking bulge, so I removed it.
- Adhere the remaining leaves using dimensionals to add depth between the layers.
- Finally, add rhinestones or pearls in a triangle shaped arrangement.
Spring Color Combination
Every year I look forward to the week when brand new leaves start to pop open on the trees after a long winter. When they first come out, the leaves are a bright lime green and they are so small that from a distance they look more like a lime green haze around the tree than they do like actual leaves.
That first lime green week is magical! To me, that week signals the time that Spring starts and Winter is officially over. My Colorful Seasons card is based on my favorite color of the Spring season: green!
Cardstock: Whisper White, Emerald Envy (c) Stampin’ Up!
Ink: Lemon Lime Twist, Emerald Envy (c) Stampin’ Up!
Stamps: Colorful Seasons (c) Stampin’ Up!
Dies: Seasonal Layers Thinlit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!
Other: washi tape, sponges, dimensionals, rhinestones
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Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!
Other Projects You Might Enjoy
Click the buttons below to visit the rest of the amazing artists in this blog hop for even more inspiration using the Colorful Seasons stamp set!