Abstract Impressions: A Happy Card

I can’t say enough about my love for the Garden Impressions Suite in Stampin’ Up!’s 2018 Annual Catalog: the Abstract Impressions stamp set, the coordinating Springtime Impressions Thinlits Dies and the gorgeous Garden Impressions 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper. I wanted my local stamp club to love this suite as much as I do, so we made a very happy card during our club meeting this past weekend. Here’s the card we made:

Abstract Impressions, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingTips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Garden Impressions Suite. While this card only uses/showcases the Abstract Impressions stamp set, the coordinating dies, papers, ribbons and accents are worth a look-see. Here’s a look at the beautiful images and sentiments that make up the Abstract Impressions stamp set (shown here with the coordinating dies): Abstract Impressions Bundle, Stampin' Up! 148348To review all of the other products in this well-coordinated suite, click on the banner below:Garden Impressions Suite 11010
  • Stamping with Abstract Impressions. When I saw the samples in Stampin’ Up!’s new catalog, I was certain that the leaves and flowers were stamped with two tones of green for the leaves/stems of the flowers. Amazingly, we stamped them with the same ink (Lemon Lime Twist). The ink picks up the ink and lays it down with a varied concentration. So cool! just look at these two images (both stamped with a full concentration of Lemon Lime Twist): Abstract Impressions, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingTo create a little interest on the Pineapple Punch border around the focal panel, I stamped the larger flower image over and over in Pineapple Punch ink. It created a very – let’s say – abstract effect.
  • Happy Colors. How bright and cheery are these colors?! While the card front is only stamped with Lemon Lime Twist and Pineapple Punch (and a sentiment in black), I thought a bright blue would look great with the bright green and bright yellow. Coastal Cabana was a great option, so I used it as a frame for the focal panel and base of the card. If you like this combination of Lemon Lime Twist, Pineapple Punch and Coastal Cabana, please save this:Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Lemon Lime Twist, Pineapple Punch, Coastal Cabana

Stamp Sets: Abstract Impressions  Papers: Coastal Cabana, Pineapple Punch, Shimmery White  Inks: Lemon Lime Twist, Pineapple Punch, Memento Tuxedo Black  Accessories: Stampin’ Dimensionals

Before you go – I want to share some pictures from my stamp club.

Marti really concentrates when she’s stamping:

Selina stamped the flowers on her grid paper (I always suggest that) before stamping on her Shimmery White cardstock. It helps to get a feel for a stamp before stamping onto your project:

Aren’t these products great? I hope you like my card as much as my stamp club did.

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  1. I thought Pineapple Punch would be far too bright, but I thought that about Lemon-lime Twist and I was wrong. So I ordered PP anyway, and here you are, showing me one of the sweetest color combos yet! Whew! Finally learned from my mistakes!

    • πŸ™‚ I’m so glad we had Lemon Lime Twist to introduce us to brightness so we were ready for Pineapple Punch and Mango Melody. What gorgeous colors! I’m so glad you took my advice, Annie! I’m always right. <3

  2. How can they not love this suite after making that sweet card!

  3. This card packs a “punch!” Love the color mix and simple design. Beautiful abstract background created with the flower!

  4. Love the bright color combination, and as always, your matte selection is over the top!

  5. I was wondering about that patterned paper for your background ,but look at how creative you are !!! Love love these colors . As I said before I took a look or two at the Swirly Bird set before doing that WOW ….gotta get it move . The same with this set ! It is so much fun and I bet your stamp group really had fun playing with it ! Cute card !!

  6. Love the color combo you used. I’m loving the new bright colors SU has this year. That stamp set is a must have. Your stamp club must have a great time being surprised by your creations for them. This card is beautiful.

  7. So bright and cheery! I love Pineapple Punch!

  8. What a fabulous, fun, bright and cheery card you’ve created for today. We must have similar tastes in what we love because this stamp set and coordinating dies is right up top of one of my order lists. I am definitely in love with Pineapple Punch – it just screams Spring and Summer to me. I so wish I could come stamp with your club! Hey, I know, I’ll add that to my bucket list! LOL

    • πŸ™‚ Thanks for your message, Grace! I know my club would welcome you with open arms if you could ever make it to Atlanta. πŸ™‚ I would love to stamp with you. Thanks for your kind comments. <3

  9. I love these sweet abstract flowers and Pineapple Punch could be my fave in color!

  10. I love this happy summery card. Lemon Lime Twist and Pineapple Punch pair up so well. It’s like one was created to complement the other. Great job Brian.

  11. Your cards are always so beautiful!

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