OK I admit it, I’m officially obsessed with the new purples in the Stampin’ Up! range. In fact there’s one particular colour that really has got me hooked. It’s Highland Heather and I’m having a hard time not using it on my projects. In fact when I picked up the bouquet image from the Wishing You Well Stamp Set I saw lavender, and off I went again!
I started this project with an idea for the background, using another of my current obsessions, the Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.
So I folded a Very Vanilla Note Card along the pre-scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder. Then I lightly spritzed the front of the card with clean water and placed it inside the embossing folder. Next I placed the folder directly onto the Multipurpose Platform and placed a cutting pad on top. Finally I ran the folder forwards and backwards through the Big Shot.
To create my lavender bouquet I first inked up the large image from the Wishing You Well Stamp Set with Granny Apple Green ink. Then I used a Blender Pen to remove the ink from the stamp rubber where the ‘flowers’ were.
TIP – When using a Blender Pen to remove ink from the surface of the stamp, make sure you keep wiping it on some scrap paper so you’re removing it completely rather than just moving it around.
Once I’d taken off the green ink I then replaced it using the brush tip of a Highland Heather Stampin’ Write Marker from the Subtles collection. This does take a little time but it’s worth the effort. Once I was happy I breathed on the surface of the rubber to re-moisten the ink and then stamped the image on some Very Vanilla Card.
With the bouquet done, I turned to the beautiful bow from the Wishing You Well Stamp Set. I inked it up with Highland Heather ink and stamped it onto the bouquet.
TIP – If your ink pad is too juicy it can obscure some of the detail on these DistINKtive stamps. If that happens, try putting the ink on the stamp rubber with a Sponge Dauber.
Finally I stamped the ‘just a note’ sentiment in the bottom corner with Highland Heather ink and my main panel was done.
SIMPLE FINISHING TOUCHES
To finish the front of the card I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) to attach the bouquet layer to a layer of Highland Heather Card. Then I glued the layers onto the front of the note card.
Next I went back to the bow image and the Highland Heather ink and stamped the bow inside the note card in the centre, towards the top.
With one more bow stamped in the centre of the flap on the note card envelope I was done.
Of all the images in the Wishing You Well Stamp Set the bow is the one most people comment on. It’s stunning in its simplicity and useful for so many projects. But don’t overlook the other beautiful images and sentiments in this set, it’s definitely worth a second look.
IN HINDSIGHT – I didn’t make sure that I found and re-coloured all the ‘flowers’ on my bouquet. So to make it easier, I plan to stamp the image onto a piece of card and draw a circle around each area of flowers. Then next time I’ll be able to refer to the stamped image.
If you’d like to see more projects using the Wishing You Well Stamp Set, you find them in these earlier blog posts: