Did you realise that two weeks today will be April first? Nope, that’s not a joke, it’s true. What’s also true is that on that day customers will be able to buy products from the new Ornate Garden Suite. This suite consists of two stamp sets, two die sets, gorgeous floral paper, a ribbon combo pack and gold embellishments. You’ll be able to buy it all or just the specific parts you want. As a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator I was able to buy the products early and I’m having so much fun.
For my first project I decided to create a card using just the two stamp sets.
I began by stamping the large flower image from the Ornate Style Stamp Set onto a layer of Whisper White Card using Tuxedo Black ink. Then I coloured in the image using Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers.
For the daisies I started at the base of the petals with dark Blackberry Bliss, then I added some light Blackberry Bliss. Finally I went over the whole of each petal using either a light or dark Highland Heather. I coloured the centres with light Mango Melody, and then dotted on some dark Mango Melody in places.
Turning to the smallest flowers I used dark Balmy Blue around the centre and blended out to the ends of the petals with light Balmy Blue. The centres of these flowers were coloured with just the dark Mango Melody Stampin’ Blends.
The final flowers started with dark Rococo Rose at the base of the petals. This was followed by some light Rococo Rose over most of the petals and light Flirty Flamingo at the tips. To add some depth I also added a little dark Flirty Flamingo in places. The centre of the bottom flower was finished with light Mango Melody.
That just left the leaves that I coloured using Granny Apple Green. I started with the base of the leaves and veins using the dark marker, then blended outwards with the light one.
Finally to add some shadows I used the light Night of Navy on the blue flowers and light Mossy Meadow on the leaves.
Phew! It took some time, but I was blown away by the finished result.
Now I needed to get to work on the sentiment and for this I turned to the new Ornate Thanks Stamp Set.
I wiped a strip of Whisper White Card with an Embossing Buddy to remove any oils and static. Then I used VersaMark ink to stamp the large “thank you” sentiment. I sprinkled the sticky ink with Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder and tapped off the excess. Then after removing a few stray specks I melted the rest with my Heat Tool set on 2 (high).
As well as three large sentiments, the Ornate Thanks Stamp Set also includes 16 smaller sentiments designed to work alongside the larger ones. I chose “ever so much” but didn’t want the “ever” part. So I inked up the sentiment and placed a piece of sellotape over the “ever” part of the photopolymer stamp. With that done I stamped the rest of the sentiment in the bottom right corner of my flower layer.
Now I could start putting the card together.
First I used my Paper Trimmer to cut and score some Blackberry Bliss Card. I folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder to create a card base
Next, using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) I fixed the flower layer and sentiment onto mats of Highland Heather Card. Then with Stampin’ Dimensionals I added the flower layer to the card base before fixing the sentiment on top.
I love making the inside of my cards and envelope coordinate with the card, and for this project I went back to the Ornate Style Stamp Set. This time I chose the single daisy image and with Tuxedo Black ink stamped it onto the front of a Whisper White Medium Envelope. I also stamped it in the bottom right corner of a layer of Whisper White Card.
After first placing some scrap paper in the envelope (to prevent the ink bleeding through to the back) I then coloured both images using my Stampin’ Blends. When I was done I fixed the Whisper White layer inside the card base and removed the scrap paper from the envelope. My project was complete.
So what do you think? I love this suite even though I’ve only used the two stamp sets so far. I’m really excited too that the entire Ornate Garden Suite will be in the 2020/21 Annual Catalogue. That means I get to show you lots more projects using these gorgeous products.
In the meantime here’s a look at the two stamp sets I used today.
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the Ornate Style Stamp Set in a bundle with the Ornate Layers Dies (not used today). I also bought the Ornate Thanks Stamp Set in a bundle with the Ornate Borders Dies (not used today). Buying products using a bundle item number will save you 10% off the cost of buying the same two items separately. I’ve included links to the bundles below so you can explore these options if you wish. You can also see the whole suite in the Ornate Garden Suite flyer.