When the Stampin’ Up! 2023/2024 Annual Catalogue was launched it included a colour refresh. This is the process where they retire some of their core colours and introduce (or bring back) new ones. So as part of reorganising my craft studio I’ve been taking stock of the colours I have in cardstock, ink pads, markers etc. That’s when I noticed that I’ve only got four of the five sets of Natural Tones Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers. I’ll have to rectify that! Meanwhile here’s today’s project using the Medium Light set.
As so often happens as I’m reorganising I got distracted and had to sit down and make a project. This started as I was just scribbling some of the Natural Tones Stampin’ Blends onto scraps of Basic White and Very Vanilla Card to remind myself of how they looked. I really liked the sepia colour scheme of the Medium Light set (with the two pen colours identified as SU700 and SU800) and decided to create a quick project using these colours.
I began with a 2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Thick Very Vanilla Card and punched a slot at one end using the Very Best Trio Punch.
Then from the Courage and Faith Stamp Set I chose the two curved floral stamps (designed as mirror images). Using Early Espresso ink I stamped one of each image on my card strip and I was ready to colour.
For the flowers I used just the SU700 marker, and used just the SU800 marker for the leaves. After colouring both images I went back using the same markers and just added a little more in places to darken the tones. This whole process only took a minute.
With the colouring complete I decided to give the piece a little more of a vintage vibe. So using a Blending Brush I added a very light touch of Crumb Cake ink around the edges and between the stamped images.
To finish I cut three 6″ pieces of Very Vanilla twine from the Baker’s Twine Essentials Pack. I folded the twine in half and poked the loops through the slot in the card. Then I threaded the cut ends through the loops and pulled gently to secure them in place. Job done.
Now it’s back to the reorganisation, although I may reward myself with some more crafting too…