Today’s project is the first one I’ve made using the Sending Smiles Stamp Set. This set has been on my wish list for a while but I finally ordered it during the 15% off Stamp Sale last month. There are coordinating dies for this set but as they weren’t on sale I decided to leave them to a future order and get more stamps instead. The thing I like most about the Sending Smiles Stamp Set is the bold flowers, stems and leaves that are used to build unique arrangements.
My regular readers will know that I love daisies and they just make me smile so that’s where I started.
I began by cutting two pieces of Basic White Card, one at 2-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ and the other at 4″ x 5-1/4″. I also pulled out a Basic White Medium Envelope so I could decorate the front. From the Sending Smiles Stamp Set I chose the largest stem and flower, along with one of the smaller flowers and the two smallest flower centres.
First I stamped the stem image onto the two pieces of card and envelope front using Shaded Spruce ink. Then using Calypso Coral ink I stamped the one of each flower onto the stems. Finally I added the little flower centres using Crushed Curry ink.
For the A2 card base I cut and scored some Shaded Spruce Card. Then using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) I added the larger basic white layer to the inside.
Next I cut a 2-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Calypso Coral Card and glued the stamped white strip on top. After that I attached the assembled layers to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
Finally I chose “a note of thanks” from the Sending Smiles Stamp Set and stamped it onto a 1/2″ x 2-5/8″ strip of Basic White Card with Shaded Spruce ink. To shape the sentiment strip I chose the arrowhead option on the Banners Pick-A-Punch. Once I’d punched both ends I added the sentiment to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals. In no time at all my thank you card was complete.
Creating a simple project using a new (to me) stamp set really helps me familarise myself with the images and/or sentiments. It also seems to jump start my creative ideas so I end up with notes for future projects. Do you have a particular process when you get a new stamp set? Please leave a comment below and share your ideas.
While the Sending Smiles Stamp Set and coordinating Sending Dies (not used today) are both current, they are no longer available as a discounted bundle.