Today’s the day customers get to buy some new limited release products. There’s 5 sets of dies to go with already released stamp sets and a new 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack too. So if you’ve been wishing for ‘something more’, this could be what you’ve been looking for . Today’s project uses one of the new coordinating products and a bonus a stamp set you can get for free.
STARTING WITH CAKE
Today’s project all started with that gorgeous tiered cake image from the Happy Birthday To You Stamp Set. This set is a free Sale-A-Bration stamp set and can be selected with a $60 order.
I decided to mount the stamp on my Stamparatus stamp platform to ensure I was able to get a good stamped image. Then I wiped a sheet of Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper with an Embossing Buddy to remove any oils and static before placing it on the platform. With that done I stamped the cake image using VersaMark ink.
My next task was to sprinkle the sticky ink with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder and tap off the excess. Once I’d removed a few stray specks I melted the rest with my Heat Tool set on 2 (high). Then I set the embossed piece aside and repeated the whole process again so I had two identical images.
Finally I stamped and embossed the “celebrate” sentiment on a scrap of Fluid 100 Watercolour Paper, and I was ready for the next stage.
I was so excited when I found out Stampin’ Up! was bringing out coordinating dies for this stamp set. Even more so when I saw them!
The first thing I noticed was that there was a die to cut out the whole of the tiered cake image. Then there’s a slightly smaller die which cuts just the floral part of the image. And with a die for a different style of cake stand and two accent pieces I was hooked.
For this project I cut out one of my embossed images with the large coordinating die, and from the other one I just cut the flowers. Then I cut the cake stand from some Champagne Foil Sheet.
Now I was ready to start colouring my images.
I was feeling a little lazy when it came to choosing my colours for this project and just grabbed the pack of 2019-2021 In Color Stampin’ Write Markers. I did want the finished image to have a delicate feel so also picked up my Water Painter filled with clean water.
To colour the embossed images I simply used the brush tip of the markers to add a little ink where I wanted the colour to be darkest. Then I ‘painted’ over the ink with the Water Painter, using the water to pull the colour along each section.
For the flowers I chose Rococo Rose, and for the berries Terracotta Tile. Then I ‘painted’ the cake with Purple Posy. So far so good. It was only at this point I realised that there was no leafy green in the 201-2021 In Colors! What to do? In the end I threw caution to the wind and ‘painted’ the leaves using Pretty Peacock. Then with the painting done I set the two images aside while I prepared the rest of the project pieces.
I began by using my Paper Trimmer to cut and score a piece of Purple Posy Card. Then I folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder to create a card base.
Instead of having a flat card layer I decided to emboss it using the Coastal Weave 3D Embossing Folder.
For the front of the card I embossed the whole layer of Very Vanilla Card. Then I fixed it to the card base with Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow).
For the inside of the card I embossed a 3/4″ strip down the right-hand side of a layer of Very Vanilla Card. Then this was fixed in place with more liquid glue.
Finally I embossed the flap of a Very Vanilla Medium Envelope to complete the coordination.
Now the watercoloured pieces were dry I could finish putting together the project, starting with the main cake image. As I’d die-cut a foil cake stand I first had to cut along the bottom of the cake on my watercoloured image with Paper Snips. Then with liquid glue I attached the cake to the new cake stand and added the assembled pieces to the card front.
Next I used Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals to fix the flower only piece over the corresponding section on the cake.
That just left the embossed sentiment. I decided to cut around it using Paper Snips and then added it to the card with a few more Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals. My project was finally complete.
OK I admit that this project took a little while to do, but I think the results make it worth the effort. And how gorgeous are those Pretty Peacock leaves!
COORDINATION PRODUCT RELEASE
As well as the Birthday Dies that coordinate with the Happy Birthday To You Stamp Set, there are four other die sets and some DSP in this promotion. Check out the Coordination Product Release Flyer for details.
Just be aware that stocks are limited so if there’s something you want please place your online order as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
SALE-A-BRATION – I mentioned that the Happy Birthday To You Stamp Set is a FREE Sale-A-Bration Set. So to get this stamp set you’ll need to place an order of at least $60 (before shipping and taxes). If you loved my project why not order the Birthday Dies, Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper and 2019-2021 In Color Stampin’ Write Markers? Then you’ll you’ll be able to select the coordinating Happy Birthday To You Stamp Set as your free product.
UPDATED 2020: Sadly the following products have retired and are no longer available from Stampin’ Up!
- Embossing Buddy
- Birthday Dies
- Coastal Weave 3D Embossing Folder
- Happy Birthday To You Stamp Set