The wind’s picking up now and I think we’re ready for the storm. Thankfully I was able to get my blog post completed too. My project is a pretty notebook decorated on the front with a watercoloured flower created using the Harvest Dies. I’m pleased to be able to confirm that the dies and coordinating Nature’s Harvest Stamp Set both made the cut. This means that they’ll continue to be available after the July to December 2021 Mini Catalogue ends on January 3rd. What’s even better is that Stampin’ Up! will also continue to offer the two in a bundle at a 10% discount. That’s certainly a great reason to get them out and play.
HARVEST DIES TO START
I began by cutting out the flower from Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper using a die from the Harvest Dies. Then using Water Painters I began to colour in the image. Instead of using ink pads or reinkers as my ‘paint’ I used the brush tip of some Stampin’ Write Markers to scribble on the dry paper. Then I moved the ink around using a Water Painter filled with clean water.
For the leaves and stem I started with Soft Succulent, and then added Evening Evergreen. For the petals I chose Polished Pink. All three colours are included in the 2021-2023 In Colors Stampin’ Write Markers pack. For the top of the flower I mixed things up a bit. I started with Polished Pink, then added some Evening Evergreen before finishing off with Cinnamon Cider (from the 2020-2022 collection).
Between each addition of colour I allowed the paper to almost dry so that they wouldn’t all blend into each other. Once the piece was completely dry I drew on a few Polished Pink lines from the base of the petals.
With that done I set the piece aside while I prepared the notebook.
ANYTHING BUT PLAIN
The notebook I decided to decorate was bought at Walmart and is 3-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ with a hard cover.
I began by adding some bling to the front over using Gilded Leafing. To do this I squeezed some Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) onto a Silicone Craft Sheet. Then I scrunched up some Saran Wrap (cling film) into a loose ball and lightly tapped it onto the glue. Then I gently tapped the ball onto the cover of the notebook. I repeated this process a few times until there were small areas of glue over the surface. I let the glue dry for a few seconds and then covered it with Gilded Leafing, pressing it down well. Finally I gently rubbed my finger over the Gilded Leafing to remove any that wasn’t stuck.
Now it was time to create some layers for my die-cut piece.
I started with a 2-1/4″ x 5″ piece of Evening Evergreen Card and a 2-1/8″ x 4-7/8″ piece of Polished Pink Card. Then using liquid glue I mounted the two together. It was only then that I decided to create a background for the flower using the same Saran Wrap technique.
This time instead of glue I would use a Saran Wrap ball to transfer ink onto a 2″ x 4-3/4″ layer of Very Vanilla Card. To add interest I pulled out two ink pads, Balmy Blue and Misty Moonlight. Once the background was done I glued it to my other layers.
Next came the dried die-cut flower and I added that on top of the layers using more liquid glue.
While I liked things so far the flower seemed to be ‘floating’. So I cut a piece of Evening Evergreen 3/8″ Chevron Weave Ribbon and wrapped it around the layers at an angle. After securing the ends of the ribbon on the back with Tear & Tape Adhesive I added the assembled layers to the notebook using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
HIDDEN NATURE’S HARVEST
I could have stopped there but I couldn’t resist pulling out the coordinating Nature’s Harvest Stamp Set.
To coordinate with the decoration on the front of the notebook I chose the image of the three coneflowers. I had no plans to colour the image and chose a nice neutral coloured ink pad, Crumb Cake, for the stamping.
Opening up the notebook I turned to the inside cover page which was a plain vanilla colour and stamped the flowers onto it. Finally I was done.
For more projects using the Nature’s Harvest Stamp Set and Harvest Dies see these earlier blog posts:
- Nature’s Harvest and Harvest Dies together
- Lavender from Nature’s Harvest Dies
- Nature’s Harvest coneflowers again
IMPORTANT CHANGES TO ORDERING
As you may have heard reported in the news, unprecedented shipping and logistics issues have resulted in a global supply chain crisis. This is affecting businesses world-wide and Stampin’ Up! is no exception. Due to extreme difficulties caused by these issues, starting 1 December 2021, Stampin’ Up! will no longer take orders for products that are not in stock. In other words, Stampin’ Up! will no longer accept backorders. This change will help to reduce frustrations from unpredictable product availability and allow you to order products that you know can be sent right away, rather than products that may not be delivered for months.
If you’d ever like to know if a product is available, please check my online store. The online store is a great resource to browse products, determine availability, and place orders for in-stock items with me. Otherwise, just contact me, I’d love to help you find the right products so you can start creating without waiting.
As always I’ll do my best to bring you projects that only use products that are in stock at the time of writing.
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the Nature’s Harvest Stamp Set and coordinating Harvest Dies using a single ‘bundle’ item number. This meant I saved 10% off the cost of buying the same two items separately. I’ve included a link to the bundle in case you want to explore that option further.
LOW INVENTORY – as of this morning the following items in my product list are showing ‘low inventory’ and may become not-orderable on December 1st.
- Polished Pink 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock
- Evening Evergreen 3/8″ Chevron Weave Ribbon
- Balmy Blue Classic Stampin’ Pad
- Paper Trimmer