I’m a big fan of stamp sets that coordinate with punches or dies, simply because they provide so many more possibilities for my creative process. But that doesn’t mean the stamp set or tool can’t be used by itself too. In fact some of my most enjoyable crafting sessions are when I’m exploring how to use just one half of a coordinating set. Today for instance I wanted to see whether the Petal Park triple flower stamp (designed for the Petal Park Builder Punch) fitted within the large multi-leaf image. It does!
PETAL PARK STAMPS
No matter what happened I decided that this quick thank you card would have lots of leaves. So I began with the multi-leaf stamp and a Wild Wheat ink pad.
First I stamped part of the image across the bottom right corner on the front of a Very Vanilla Medium Envelope. Then I stamped part of the image across the top left and bottom right corners on a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Very Vanilla Card. I set these two pieces aside for later, then stamped the entire leafy image in the centre of a second 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Very Vanilla Card.
At this point I picked up the triple flower stamp and inked that up with Wild Wheat ink. Then looking through the photopolymer stamp I started to turn it until it lkined up in a way that allowed me to stamp all three flowers into the leafy image without them overlapping the leaves. Perfect!
Initially I’d planned to leave the main layer with just one set of leaves and flowers, but instead I decided to keep on stamping. So I went back to the leafy image and began to stamp it around the edges of the layer keeping it close but not overlapping any existing stamping. This was actually easier than I expected. Then with that done I filled in the gaps using the triple flower image.
Finally decided to colour just part of my design using Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers. On every flower petal I used the light Calypso Coral Stampin’ Blends. Then, switching to light Granny Apple Green, I coloured just one half of each of the veined leaves on the main layer, as well as on the first Very Vanilla layer and envelope front. Everything else I left uncoloured.
PICK A PUNCH
For my sentiment I chose “thank you” from the Happy Labels Stamp Set. Using Wild Wheat ink as before I stamped the sentiment onto a 1″ x 2-1/2″ strip of Thick Very Vanilla Card. Then to create the pointed ends I used the Banners Pick A Punch. Finally I added three (2 small and 1 medium) Wild Wheat embelllishments from the 2023-2025 In Color Dots pack.
At last I was ready to turn the stamped pieces into a finished project and I began by using my Paper Trimmer to cut and score some Thick Very Vanilla Card. After folding it along the scored line I sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder to create my A2 card base.
Next I cut a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Calypso Coral Card, and trimmed down my stamped background layer to 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″. Then using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) I mounted the background onto the coloured mat.
While I liked how things were coming together so far I decided to add a little more Calypso Coral Card to anchor the sentiment. So in among my card scraps I found a 1/4″ wide strip and trimmed it to 5-1/8″. Then I glued the strip onto the assembled background, 3/4″ from the left-hand edge.
From there I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to attach the background layer to the card front, followed by the punched sentiment. Then I glued the original Very Vanilla layer inside the card base and my project was complete.
With a tool that can punch out the triple flower image to create three separate flowers each time I could have just added them afterwards. But it’s nice to know that if I want to create a single layered background design using this set I can.