Have you every tried to stamp with limited supplies? This week, as I am away from home – I am – and I DON’T LIKE IT! The most agonizing aspect of my trip to Ottawa was trying to contain the stamping supplies I was bringing to one container and one bag. I was heartily wishing I could just hook up my stamp room to the back of our van and take it all! I just may have to invest in one of those roof-top carriers next trip so I can bring along more – LOL! Although I tried to think ahead of time what kinds of projects I wanted to make, because I wasn’t 100% sure, I packed what I THOUGHT I might use. Go figure, every time I thought "Oh this would be just perfect for this card"……I didn’t have it! So, I’ve been trying to make do.
Yesterday afternoon while the baby was naping, I took the opportunity to play with the new Bloomin’ Beautiful stamp set from the Occasions mini. I just LOVE this set! It is so beatiful and so delicate looking. I especially love the look of the flowers when you layer the petals to create a 3D look. I decided today to do a little mini tutorial on how to get a more "real" look with the single flower from this set.
Mini Layering Tutorial
Step 1: Stamp your flower 3 times with Black Staz On ink – once on the main mat that is to be a part of your card, and then two more times on a scrap of CS. I colored in the entire flower on my main mat (although not with tons of detail), and a second flower (where I added more detail with my colors). On the third flower, I only colored in the front three petals.
Quick tip for Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators: This tip is for when the projects you are teaching in your stamping classes involve coloring in with blender pens. I always keep on hand about 10 blender pens so that every person in my class has one and doesn’t have to wait (I limit my classes to 10 because that is all the space I have in my home). If I am doing a larger class either I include the cost of a blender pen in their class supplies, OR I split up the group and try to have one table working on coloring in, and the other table doing a project that doesn’t involved coloring in.
I place a stamp-a-ma-jig imaging sheet between every two people to share, then take my Stampin’ Spots and "press & twist" some color onto the imaging sheet. If I don’t have a Stampin’ Spot for the color they are using (such as with the In Colors), then I use a tiny little drop of re-inker.
Step 2: Cut out the second flower completely, then just the center petals of the third flower.
Step 3: Layer the first flower with a couple of Stampin’ Dimensionals, then cut a Stampin’ Dimensional in half and use that to pop up the center petals. If you wanted even more height and depth, you could stamp another flower and just color and mount the front center skinny petal.
Anyways, that’s the end of the mini tutorial.
Stamps: Bloomin’ Beautiful, Holidays and Wishes
Ink: Black Staz On, Pretty in Pink, Pink, Passion, Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke Classic Ink, More Mustard WWC (for the flower center).
Paper: Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Pink Passion CS
Accessories: White Taffeta ribbon, paper snips, stamp-a-ma-jig, blender pen, silver brads, 1/16" handheld punch
All supplies Stampin’ Up!