One of the things I love about Stampin’ Up! is their stamp set and dies bundles. They make a simple stamp set even more versatile. Yes I could cut out images by hand but I love it when I don’t have to, and of course getting a 10% discount when using the special bundle code doesn’t hurt either.
My regular readers will know that I may be slightly addicted to two specific products right now, the Tropical Chic Stamp Set and Tropical Thinlits Bundle, and the Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. Well today I decided to combine these great loves to create something perfect for al fresco summer dining.
This silverware wrap started with a strip of Smoky Slate Card slightly dampened with clean water using a Stampin’ Spritzer. I placed the card inside the Subtle embossing folder and put the folder directly onto my multipurpose platform with one cutting pad on top. Then I ran it through my Big Shot twice. The strip of card was actually too long for the embossing folder so I placed the other end into the folder and ran that through the Big Shot twice as well. I took the embossed card out of the embossing folder and set it aside to dry.
COMING SOON – I am in the process of filming a short video showing how I get great results when embossing over-sized pieces of card, and I’ll let you know as soon as that’s ready over on my YouTube Channel.
Next I took some Thick Very Vanilla Card and from the Tropical Chic Stamp Set stamped the large notched leaf image twice using Granny Apple Green ink. The flower image was inked up with Berry Burst ink and then I used a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker to colour the end of the stamens directly on the surface of the stamp rubber before the flower was stamped onto the Thick Very Vanilla Card. Using the same process I stamped two more flowers.
Back at my Big Shot I swapped to my Magnetic Platform and cut out the two leaves and three flowers using the coordinating dies from the Tropical Thinlits. I was now ready to start assembling my silverware wrap.
With the silverware safely wrapped in a cream cloth napkin I secured the bundle with the embossed Smoky Slate strip and a little Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow). Around the card band I wrapped a length of Berry Burst 3/8″ Metallic-Edge Ribbon with the ends secured in place on the front using some Mini Glue Dots.
Next came the two die-cut leaves attached using liquid glue followed by some loops of Linen Thread. The three die-cut flowers finished it all off, one attached with liquid glue and the other two with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
I love dressing up my silverware with seasonal colours and images and with the heat and humidity we’ve been experiencing the Tropical Chic images seemed to fit the bill nicely don’t you think?