Sometimes when I look at a stamp set I look for background stamping possibilities. While I love using Designer Series Paper or embossing folders, background stamping can add a whole new dimension to a project.
This was exactly what I was thinking of when I created today’s project using the Feathers & Frost Stamp Set.
BACKGROUND STAMPING VERSION 1
I began with a layer of Whisper White Card and the square foliage image from the Feathers & Frost Stamp Set. Using Old Olive ink I stamped around the edge of the card, turning the image to create a seamless border.
Then I closed the ink pad and pressed firmly on the lid to transfer some ink from the pad to the inside of the lid. I did the same thing with my Real Red stamp pad too, and then opened them up. Using a barely damp Aqua Painter I lightly painted the leaves and berries on my stamped border. Then I set it aside to dry.
BACKGROUND STAMPING VERSION 2
Next I took a piece of Old Olive Card and wiped it with an Embossing Buddy to remove any oils and static from the surface. Then using the small poinsettia image from the Feathers & Frost Stamp Set I stamped over the whole piece using VersaMark ink. After that I sprinkled the sticky ink with Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder and tapped off the excess. Finally I removed some stray specks of powder and then melted the rest using my Heat Tool set on 2 (high).
While Heat Tool was still hot I thought now would be a good time to work on the large sentiment.
I wiped a piece of Whisper White Card with the Embossing Buddy and stamped the sentiment with VersaMark ink. Then I sprinkled it with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder and tapped off the excess. I removed some stray specks and then I melted the rest with my Heat Tool set on 2 (high).
LOTS OF LAYERS
I was ready to start layering up the project but first I needed a card base.
Using my Stampin’ Trimmer I cut and scored a piece of Real Red Card. Then I folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder.
Next using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) I fixed a layer of Old Olive Card to the front, followed by the painted white layer.
The next piece was the embossed Old Olive background fixed to a layer of Real Red Card with liquid glue. Then I wrapped two pieces of Real Red 1/8″ Solid Ribbon around the right hand side and secured them on the back with Tear & Tape Adhesive. The assembled layers were then added to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
The sentiment came next, fixed to Real Red Card with liquid glue and attached to the card front with more Stampin’ Dimensionals.
I decided to use the small poinsettia image as my coordinating image throughout the project.
Using Old Olive ink I stamped the image in the centre near the top of a layer of Whisper White Card. I also stamped it in the centre of the flap on a Whisper White Medium Envelope. Then I stamped two more poinsettias on some scrap Whisper White Card. Finally, still using Old Olive ink I added a few of the single leaf image to each flower.
The flowers and leaves were painted using Old Olive and Real Red inks, but a little darker than the colours on the background layer.
Once everything was dry I fussy cut the flowers and leaves from the scrap card, and added them to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
With more liquid glue I fixed the Whisper White layer inside the card base and I was done.
This started out as a exercise in background stamping and I love how it all came together. Christmas colours yes, but change the sentiment and it could be used for lots of other occasions too.
HOLIDAY CATALOGUE ITEMS NOW SOLD OUT
I heard this morning that some items in the 2018 Holiday Catalogue have sold out and are now no longer available. These are the Joyous Noel Designer Series Paper (DSP), the Festive Farmhouse Elements and the Santa’s Workshop Enamel Elements. Since these holiday items cannot be sent from the manufacturers in time for Christmas, Stampin’ Up! have taken the decision to retire them with immediate effect.
To provide another seasonal DSP option Stampin’ Up! have made the Dashing Along Designer Series Paper (from a recent host promotion) available for everyone to purchase.