Something I love about Stampin’ Up! is when they bundle a stamp set and coordinating tool together and offer them at a 10% discount. It’s a great way to get more for your money if you want both products. The problem I find then is it’s hard to think of them as individual items. As a result, once I’ve decided I don’t want a stamp set I’ll often ignore the dies completely. But with the Last Chance list it’s worth having another look. Take the Organic Beauty Dies for instance…
The Organic Beauty Dies coordinated with images in the True Beauty Stamp Set, however they also included a gorgeous trellis-style background die. If you only wanted the trellis, buying the dies may have seemed a bit of a waste of money. But now they’re discounted by 60%, and suddenly I think it’s an entirely different prospect.
I began today’s card by using that trellis die to cut some Thick Basic White Card. Then I pressed a VersaMark ink pad over the whole surface. Next I sprinkled clear powder from the Basics Embossing Powders pack over the card and tapped off the excess. Finally I melted the remaining powder using my Heat Tool set on 2 (high).
To create some dramatic contrast for my glossy background I decided to use Night of Navy Card as my card base. After using my Paper Trimmer to cut and score the card I folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder. Then using the Fine-Tip Glue Pen I put adhesive on the back of the trellis and fixed it to the front of my card base.
NOTE: because I was heating the die-cut piece, fixing Adhesive Sheet to the back of the card before die-cutting wasn’t a sensible option, as it would have melted. However this would certainly be my go-to adhesive under any other circumstances.
Next, for my sentiment and image I turned to the retiring Bamboo Beauty Stamp Set.
First using VersaMark ink I stamped the larger of the two leafy images twice onto some Vellum Cardstock. Then I sprinkled the sticky ink with silver powder from the Metallics Embossing Powders pack. After tapping off the excess powder, I removed a few stray specks then melted the rest using my Heat Tool on 2 (High). Once cool I cut out the images with Paper Snips and set them aside.
Going back to the Bamboo Beauty Stamp Set I chose “Grateful for all that you do”, and using VersaMark ink stamped it onto a 2″ x 3-1/4″ piece of Night of Navy Card. Then I embossed it with silver embossing powder to match the bamboo leaves.
Next I glued the sentiment layer onto a 2-1/4″ x 3-3/8″ piece of Night of Navy Card, lining up the left-hand edges. Hiding the glue behind the heat embossing I added the two leafy pieces to the sentiment layer. Then I attached a bow tied from Linen Thread, before mounting the assembled piece onto the trellis with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
All I needed now was to decorate the inside of the card and envelope using the same leafy stamped image. However this time I used Night of Navy ink to stamp the image in the bottom left corner of a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Basic White Card. Then I glued the white layer inside the card base.
Finally I stamped the leaves in the bottom left corner on the front of a Basic White Medium Envelope and my project was complete. I love how this card turned out and think the trellis die will have a permanent place in my craft studio.
RETIRING PRODUCTS (only available while stocks last)
The Organic Beauty Dies are on sale at 60% off, so even if you only ever use the trellis background die from the set it’s still an amazing deal!
CONTINUING PRODUCTS (however some prices will be higher once the 2023/2024 Annual Catalogue goes live on May 2nd)