One of the fun things about having a new set of In Colors added to the Stampin’ Up! range every year is it encourages me to revisit older (but still available) products. Today I decided it was time to break out the Hand-Penned Petals Stamp Set again. My original plan was simply to stamp one of the larger images and use the two-step stamping technique. However I simply couldn’t resist adding in a little heat embossing, before turning to the coordinating Penned Petals Dies. I’m very pleased with the result.
Heat embossing was always part of my plan for this project and so started by pulling out my Stamparatus stamp platform. I placed some Thick Basic White Card onto the platform and held it down with the strong magnets. Next from the Hand-Penned Petals Stamp Set I chose the large multi-flowered images and placed it face down on the card. Closing one of the hinged plates meant I could pick up the stamp and gently add Sahara Sand ink to the surface.
Now, before stamping on the card I placed some scrap paper over the top of it. Then I closed the hinged plate onto the paper to remove some of the ink from the stamp. After removing the scrap paper I then stamped the very light image onto the card. Then, still leaving the stamp attached to the hinged plate I cleaned off the ink using a Simply Shammy.
Next without moving the stamped card, I was now ready to begin adding colour to the image using the solid stamps from the set. For this I chose Orchid Oasis and Parakeet Party ink pads, two of the five new 2022-2024 In Colors. I placed each of the stamps onto acrylic blocks and began to stamp. Each time I inked up a stamp I ‘stamped-off’ onto scrap paper to remove a little of the ink before stamping onto the floral image. Even after everything was coloured I wasn’t quite ready to move the card from the Stamparatus. I had one last process to complete…
I went back to the hinged plate where the floral stamp was still in place, and tapped a VersaMark ink pad onto the stamp surface. Then I closed the hinged plate so that the VersaMark was transferred onto my coloured floral image. Now I could finally remove the card and sprinkle it with gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder from the Metallics collection. After tapping off the excess powder I removed some stray specks and then melted the rest with my Heat Tool set on 2 (high).
PENNED PETALS DIES
At last I was ready to progress to the die cutting using the coordinating die from the Penned Flowers Dies set.
It was then that I noticed the scalloped edge die included in the Penned Flowers Dies set. This caused my design to take a completely different direction. From the Heart & Home 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper Pack I chose one of the wood effect patterns. After cutting a 2-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ strip I used the die to shape one of the long sides for my background layer.
From there I cut a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/4″ piece of Thick Basic White Card for my card base. With the long side at the top I scored it at 4-1/4″, then flipped it over so the other long side was at the top, This time I scored the card at 2-1/8″ before folding along the two scored lines to create a Z shape.
Using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) I attached the wood-effect paper to the folded-back section of the card base. This left the scalloped edge of the paper over-hanging the fold a little. So next I cut a 1/2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Orchid Oasis Card and tucked it under the overhanging DSP until the edge of the card was snug against the crease. Using liquid glue I fixed the card in place adding some bright contrast to the design.
Now it was time for me to add the die-cut floral piece but first I wanted to add a little more shine. So I cut 18″ of gold cord from the Simply Elegant Trim pack. After flipping over the floral piece I added a few Mini Glue dots to the back to hold loops of the cord in place. Once I was happy with the arrangement I added Stampin’ Dimensionals over everything apart from the right-hand edge of the piece. With that done I fixed the image to the front of the card so the right-hand edge was able to move freely when the card was opened.
It was only then I realised I hadn’t done a sentiment. So I went back to the Hand-Penned Petals Stamp Set and chose “congratulations”. Then I heat-embossed it onto a 3/8″ x 2-1/8″ strip of Thick Basic White Card. To give the sentiment a little more strength I mounted it onto a 1/2″ x 2-1/4″ piece of Orchid Oasis Card using liquid glue. Then I fixed it onto the floral piece with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
That just left the front of the Basic White Medium Envelope to decorate, and I did this using the big floral image again. This time however I stamped it with Sahara Sand ink at full strength before adding the colour as before. With that my project was finally complete.
I have to say I love how this turned out. The new colours were such fun to play with, and it was nice to have an excuse to pull out the Hand-Penned Petals Stamp Set and coordinating dies again.
For another project using this stamp set and dies see my previous blog post Hand-Penned Petals called to me again.