The Stampin’ Up! Journey Begins

Valentine's Day card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Weather Together stamps by Stampin' Up!

The Stampin’ Up! Journey Begins

This is the beginning of a new year and a new adventure for me! I just joined Stampin’ Up! as a demonstrator. Yay! I can already tell that this is going to be so much fun.

You’ll notice a few changes around the blog in the coming days, such as a new page explaining how to join my team and one for a disclaimer. You’ll also see in my materials list actual images of the products I used to a card. You can click on these and it will lead you to my Stampin’ Up! website where you can buy the exact stamp set (or other materials) that I used to make a project so you can make it, too!

Of course, I can’t leave you without a card…

Valentine or anniversary card by Natalie Lapakko with Weather Together and Flourishing Phrases stamps and Layering Circle Dies from Stampin' Up!

Challenge Inspiration

This card was inspired by Stamp, Ink, Paper Challenge #60!

I chose one of my favorite stamps sets that I haven’t gotten to use enough yet: Weather Together! I also used some fun blended ink background techniques that I love. Free form challenges are so fun; this card just flowed right out!

Valentine or anniversary card by Natalie Lapakko with Weather Together and Flourishing Phrases stamps from Stampin' Up!

Card Directions

  1. Cut and score Whisper White card base.
  2. On a sheet of Whisper White cardstock (the same size as the card base) sponge Soft Sky, Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry, and Night of Navy. Try not to let Sweet Sugarplum and Soft Sky mix, they get a little muddy looking.
  3. Cut a panel of Whisper White 1-1/4″ (3.1 cm) more narrow than the cardbase and a panel of Night of Navy 1″ (2.5 cm) more narrow than the cardbase.
  4. From the very center of the sponged sheet, die cut a scalloped circle from the Layering Circles Framelits. Make sure you use a circle that is slightly more narrow than the Whisper White panel in the previous step. Keep both pieces! The outer piece will become the background panel.
  5. Using Layering Circles Framelits, die cut a Whisper White circle 1 size smaller than the one that coordinates with your scalloped circle.
  6. Stamp the sentiment from Flourishing Phrases onto the white circle using Night of Navy ink. Position it with the “I” at about 8:00 on a clock face.
  7. With VersaMark ink, stamp the striped umbrella and the curved handle from the Weather Together stamp set onto Night of Navy cardstock.
  8. Sprinkle white embossing powder onto the umbrella and heat with an embossing heat tool until the powder is melted.
  9. Fussy cut the umbrella and handle. Add a little extra white to rod part of the handle with a gel pen. This adds some additional contrast.
  10. Adhere the panels to the card base starting from the back and working forward.
  11. Use dimensionals to pop up the sentiment and umbrella layers. This adds depth to your card!
  12. Add some embellishments, if desired. I added rhinestones in a triangular pattern.

Valentine or anniversary card featuring Weather Together and Flourishing Phrases stamps and Layering Circle Dies from Stampin' Up! Design by Natalie Lapakko.

A Color Combination for Everyone

This color combination is the perfect balance between masculine and feminine colors. I think it would make a great card for any romantic occasions, such as an anniversary. It would also make a great Valentine for anyone on your list of loved ones!

Soft Sky and Sweet Sugarplum did not blend as well as I would have liked. I think there is a little too much green in the soft sky ink and when it mixes with the reds in the Sweet Sugarplum is gets a little muddy.

I was about ready to throw away this background, but I decided to just play around with it and add some Night of Navy into the mix and that solved everything!

Color inspiration: Night of Navy, Soft Sky, Sweet Sugarplum, and Rich Razzleberry

Valentine's Day card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Weather Together and Flourishing Phrases stamps from Stampin' Up!

Materials

Cardstock: Whisper White, Night of Navy (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Night of Navy, Soft Sky, Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Weather Together, Flourishing Phrases (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Layering Circles Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: sponge, rhinestones, dimensionals, white gel pen, white embossing powder

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping! ~Natalie

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