There are some stamp sets that I will probably never resell. Some are because I simply love the images, or I have a sentimental attachment to them. Mostly though it’s because of the words. I find that while you can generally swap one image for a similar one, the same isn’t true of certain sentiments. One of the sets that seems to be falling into that camp is Lasting Lily. Not only is the font gorgeous, but the phrases are timeless too.
A BIT OF AN ACCIDENT
The leafy background for this card was a bit of an accident. I began with a piece of Watercolor Paper and an Early Espresso ink pad. I pulled out the larger leafy image from the Wonderful Romance Stamp Set stamped all over the piece. Then I decided to colour all the leaves with a Daffodil Delight Watercolor Pencil and blend out the yellow using a damp Aqua Painter. Then the stems of the branches were coloured with the Early Espresso Watercolor Pencil.
TIP – Watercolor Paper has an uneven surface which can make stamping clear images a bit of a problem. I get around this by using my Stamparatus stamp positioning platform. I can stamp, and then if necessary I can stamp again in exactly the same place until I’m happy with the result.
Unfortunately I’d forgotten that like the Watercolor Pencils, the Early Espresso ink was also water-based. This meant that as well as blending the yellow pencil the Aqua Painter made the dark outline run too. It was too late to do anything about that, so I just continued until all the leaves were done and set it aside to dry.
Next I went to the Lasting Lily Stamp Set (available as a free Sale-A-Bration item until March 31st). I wanted the thank you sentiment and used Fresh Fig ink to stamp it onto Watercolor Paper.
Oh my goodness, it wasn’t until I’d stamped the sentiment that I realised how beautiful it really was. That was it, I had to make the sentiment the true focus of the card. I cut a piece of Fresh Fig Card and mounted the sentiment onto it with Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow).
Next I used my Stampin’ Trimmer to cut and score another piece of Fresh Fig Card. I folded it along the scored line and then sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder to create a card base.
Looking back at my watercoloured leafy panel, it actually wasn’t that bad. Now that it had dried, the blurring of the veins on the leaves gave it a softer look that I could work with. So I used more liquid glue to fix the panel to the front of my card base.
The simple layered sentiment followed, attached to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
On a layer of Very Vanilla Card I stamped the leafy image once in the bottom right corner with Early Espresso ink. Then I coloured in the leaves with the Daffodil Delight and Early Espresso Watercolor Pencils as before. This time I had to make sure my Aqua Painter was only just damp so as not as to blend the colour without damaging the card. Once it was dry I fixed the layer inside the card base with liquid glue.
Then I repeated the same stamping and colouring on the front of a Very Vanilla Medium Envelope so everything matched.
As I was looking at my finished card I decided that it needed a little something ‘extra’ that wouldn’t overpower the sentiment. So I used Mini Glue Dots to add a few copper sequins from the Metallics Sequin Pack.
When I consider that the background started out as a bit of a mistake, I’m really happy with the finished card. I might even try it with greens to create a more spring/summer look. I’m also more sure than ever that the Lasting Lily Stamp Set will be a permanent part of my stamp set collection.
You’ll find more projects using sentiments from the free Lasting Lily Stamp Set in these earlier blog posts:
The Lasting Lily Stamp Set is not available to purchase. As an exclusive Sale-A-Bration stamp set it’s only available until March 31st as a free item. You can select this stamp set as your Sale-A-Bration choice with an order of $120 CAD (before shipping and taxes).
If you like the set you might be interested in purchasing the coordinating Lily Framelits Dies. This set of 7 dies is only available while stocks last.
BUNDLE BONUS – I purchased the Wonderful Romance Stamp Set with the coordinating Floral Romance Framelits (not used today). This meant I saved 10% off the cost of getting the two items separately. I’ve included a link to the bundle below in case you want to look at this option in more detail.