One of the biggest things I’ve noticed with recent Stampin’ Up! catalogues is the increase in coordinating products. When a new stamp set comes out people often ask about coordinating dies or punches. The new 2021/2022 Annual Catalogue has seven stamp set/punch bundles, plus twenty seven stamp set/dies bundles! What’s even better is that buying products using a ‘bundle’ item number will save you 10% off the cost of buying the same two items separately. One of the bundles I bought as part of my Demonstrator pre-order was the Hand-Penned Petals Stamp Set and Penned Flowers Dies. I used both along with some coordinating Designer Series Paper (DSP) to create today’s sneak peek project.
I began by creating a card base, using my Paper Trimmer to cut and score a piece of Basic Gray Card. Then I folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder.
Next I turned to the Hand-Penned 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack for a suitable background pattern. In the end I chose a sheet in Blushing Bride with subtle white outlines of floral sprays.
For my project I needed to cut three pieces of DSP. I began with a 3-5/8″ x 4-7/8″ piece that I mounted onto a 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″ layer of Basic White Card using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow). Then I attached the assembled layer to the front of the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
Next I cut a 2-1/4″ x 6″ piece of the DSP and glued that to the flap of a Basic White Medium Envelope. Then with Paper Snips I trimmed off the excess paper, using the edge of the flap as a guide.
Finally I cut a 3/4″ x 4″ piece of the DSP to use on the inside of the card.
PENNED FLOWERS DIES
Now I was ready for the Penned Flowers Dies, but it wasn’t the flowers I needed. Instead I wanted the long scalloped edge die. I placed the die onto the 3/4″ strip of DSP with the straight edge of the die against one long edge of the paper. Then I ran it through my Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine.
Just to be different I set aside the part of the strip with the faux stitching for a future project and kept the ‘scrap’ section. Using liquid glue I attached the ‘scrap’ piece along the bottom of a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Basic White Card. Then I glued the assembled layer inside the card base.
Next, using the same edge die, I cut the two long edges of a 1-1/4″ x 3-5/8″ strip of Basic White Card. As before I lined up the straight edge of the die against the straight edge of the card. However this time I discarded the edges in favour of the pretty stitched scalloped strip I had created. Using liquid glue again I fixed the strip onto the card front, and I was finally ready to begin stamping.
The Hand-Penned Petals Stamp Set is a photopolymer two-step stamping set. This means that it includes outline images and solid images that can be used to ‘colour’ the images. Of course the outline images can also be left as they are, or hand-coloured which makes the set really versatile.
For today’s project I chose the outline image with two flowers and a few leaves, and the coordinating solid stamps.
First I stamped the outline onto some Basic White Card using Tuxedo Black ink. Then I stamped the leaves using Soft Succulent ink from the new 2021-2023 InColors. The larger of the two solid leaf images went onto the largest two leaves on the image, while the smaller solid leaf image coloured the other two leaves plus the bottom of the large flower.
Next I inked up the large solid flower image with Night Of Navy ink and stamped off onto some scrap paper to remove a little of the ink. Then I stamped the solid flower onto the outline image. After cleaning the stamp I then stamped the solid flower again, this time using the new Fresh Freesia ink (another of the 2021-2023 InColors). I deliberately didn’t try to stamp in exactly the same place so I ended up with an interesting two-tone flower.
Then I swapped to the medium single solid flower image and stamped it with Night of Navy and Fresh Freesia to match the larger flower.
With that done I went back to the Penned Flowers Dies and cut out the completed image using the coordinating die. To keep things simple I then attached the die-cut piece to the card front using liquid glue. Finishing off the floral image was simple with the addition of one of the new self-adhesive Genial Gems embellishments in Pale Papaya.
To complete the card I stamped “congratulations” from the Hand-Penned Petals Stamp Set onto a 3/8″ x 2″ strip of Basic White Card. Then using liquid glue I mounted it onto a 1/2″ x 2-1/8″ piece of Basic Gray Card. Finally with a few Stampin Dimensionals I added the layered sentiment to the card and my project was complete.
I’m really pleased with how this project turned out using all four products from the Hand-Penned Petals suite. I have lots more ideas for these products and can’t wait to experiment with them again. What do you think?
Here’s a better look at the Hand-Penned Petals Stamp Set…
And these are the coordinating Penned Flowers Dies. Notice that as well as cutting out an image from the stamp set, the large outline die in the top right corner will also cut around the fancier die to the left.
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the Hand-Penned Petals Stamp Set and coordinating Penned Flowers Dies using a single ‘bundle’ item number. This meant I saved 10% off the cost of buying the two items separately. I’ve included both options below so you can compare them if you wish.