Today starts a new color challenge over at Pals Paper Arts. The colors were chosen by resident color team designer Jackie Diediker. Aren’t these colors soft? And so perfect if you are considering making Valentine’s cards for family and friends. It gave me the perfect opportunity to pull out my new Occasions stamp set Picture Perfect (page 37 in the catalog). If you personally know me, you could guess that my fascination for this stamp set resolves around the hummingbird. But it is the 3 step rose image that was inked up first.
The 3 steps for stamping the rose can be done in any order that makes the finished image easiest for you. I find starting with the darkest (also the smallest and noted as “3” in the stamp set) image is best. The darker coloring helps me line up my lightest stamp image (noted as “1” in the stamp set). Also, you will notice little arrows on the photopolymer stamps. These are to help you line up the direction and placement of stamped images. After those two images, the middle stamp (noted as “2” in the stamp set) is a snap to line up. To obtain the variation in color, step 3 is stamped with Watermelon Wonder, step 1 with Watermelon Wonder stamped off twice, and step 2 with Watermelon Wonder stamped off once. A masking technique allowed the three roses to be grouped without stepping over each other. The leaves were stamped with Tip Top Taupe ink in the same manner. The rose grouping and individual leaves were fussy cut and popped onto the brick textured background with stampin’ dimensionals.
- Stamp Set: Picture Perfect
- Paper: Pink Pirouette, heavy Whisper White and Tip Top Taupe cardstocks; Cherry on Top DSP stack
- Inks: Watermelon Wonder, Tip Top Taupe
- Tools: Brick Wall textured impressions embossing folder, Curvy Corner Trio Punch, Large Numbers Framelits dies, Paper Snips (perfect for fussy cutting)
- Embellishments: Pink Pirouette Seam Binding ribbon, Tip Top Taupe Dotted Lace trim, White Perfect Accents, Dazzling Diamonds applied to rose centers with Fine Tip Glue Pen
Stampin’ Up! has an instructional video to help you with stamping the 3 step images. You can access that video here. As for my double bow, there are various videos to help with the tying of the ribbon. I don’t do double bows often and usually have to refresh my memory with each bow. Because of the sentiment chosen for the outside, I have left the inside bare so that I may use the card as a notecard. Speaking of sentiments, Picture Perfect has some great ones… check it out!
If you have not seen my team mates inspiration over at the challenge blog for Pals Paper Arts, you can access it here or on the challenge picture above. We would love for you to drop by and play along with us. Hoping to see you in the gallery!
Have fun stamping,