As you already know, I love to convert my seasonal stamps into all-purpose stamps. Betsy’s Blossoms is OBVIOUSLY supposed to be used to make a bright, colorful Chrysanthemum. It’s definitely a Spring stamp set – well, not today. I really wanted to turn this beautiful flower into a Poinsettia, but it didn’t really work as the centerpiece on a card. Once I started overlaying the stamped images on one another, though, it definitely left me with the feel of the Christmas flower. Here’s my 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ card:
Tips, Tricks and Reminders
- Layered Stamping. The flowers are initially stamped once in Cherry Cobbler. I then reinked, stamped it off once on scrap paper and then stamped the image again, moving the stamp slightly to offset from the original image. I did this three times on each flower, using my Stamp-a-Ma-Jig to position the image just where I wanted it. Tip: After you have stamped on the corner or off an edge, reink before stamping again. If you try to immediately stamp again (to save time or ink), the texture of the edge from your original stamp will make an appearance. That’s no good.
- Leaving the White Space. This card has a lot of white space. Even I felt uncomfortable, at first, with all the white space on the front panel. I wanted to add rhinestones or candy dots – something. I decided to leave it alone and come back to it at a later time. When I came back to it, I decided to let it be. I think it works here because Betsy made such a busy background with her flowers. Because the flower panel is so active, our eyes are happy to rest on the white space in the center and on the edges. Does that make sense? If not, please read it again. Now, does it make sense? Good because I don’t know how else to explain it.
- Great Photopolymer Set. When I got home from work on Friday, UPS had left a little, brown box on my front porch. Inside the box was Endless Wishes, a new photopolymer set. While I generally love to have small words on wood blocks (so I can line them up perfectly once and not worry about it again), I LOVE having these words in photopolymer. I also love the combination of script and typeset words they used in this set. It’s very flexible and can be used for whimsical or very traditional Christmas sentiments.
Stamp Sets: Betsy’s Blossoms, Endless Wishes (Photopolymer) Papers: Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Whisper White, Designer Series Paper Stack (Garden Green) Inks: Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler Accessories: Stampin’ Dimensionals
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