Tips for Creating with Painted Seasons

I had so much fun sharing the Painted Seasons stamp set and coordinating Four Seasons Framelits Dies with my local stamp club this past weekend. Such a sweet set with awe-inspiring results. In yesterday’s post, I shared one of the cards we made with this incredible Sale-a-Bration offering – you can see that post here. Today I’m going to share some pointers for getting the most out of these stamps and some color combinations for the succulents that I hope you like as much as I do.

Painted Seasons & Four Seasons Framelits Dies

Let’s start with the products we used. The Painted Seasons stamp set is a Distinktive stamp set with a variety of flora and fauna. I couldn’t wait to see what my club members thought when they stamped with the images in this set – and they were excited. Here’s proof:

Here’s a look at the Painted Seasons Bundle that can be earned with a $100 order during Sale-a-Bration – the bundle includes the cling mount stamp set and 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper:

Painted Seasons Bundle, Stampin' Up! 150349While you CAN earn the paper during Sale-a-Bration with a $50 order, you really want both. 🙂

On March 1, Stampin’ Up! released several sets of Framelits Dies for sale that coordinate with Sale-a-Bration favorites, including the Four Seasons Framelits Dies that coordinate with this Painted Seasons stamp set. Here’s a look:

Four Seasons Framelits Dies, Stampin' Up! 150074So those are the products we were working with. Fun, right?

Coloring the Succulents

Just an extra touch of color adds something really special to these succulents. On the projects we made at stamp club, we colored the succulents with a mix of Mint Macaron and Tranquil Tide. Here’s a look at the finished product:Painted Seasons, Strong & Beautiful, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingAnd here I am, demonstrating this fun technique to my group:

Demonstration of Painted Seasons stamp set, Brian King, Stampin' Up!I hate that you weren’t able to make it to our get together, but I’m still happy to share the steps we took to stamp these succulents:

  1. Ink up the stamp with Mint Macaron ink.
  2. Lightly stamp off once on scrap paper.
  3. Ink up a sponge dauber with Tranquil Tide ink.
  4. Lightly bounce the dauber in the center of the succulent.
  5. Stamp on Thick Whisper White.
  6. Gasp, wait and smile.
  7. Thoroughly clean stamp with Simply Shammy.
  8. Repeat steps 1 – 6.

While we used Mint Macaron and Tranquil Tide for our project, I played around with some other combinations (after a picture search of succulents on Google). I hope these inspire you to play with these images and find some color combinations you’ll be happy with, too. Here are some succulents I made with some of our other favorite colors:

Succulent Color Combinations - Mint Macaron and Cajun Craze, Painted Seasons, Stampin' Up!, Brian King Succulent Color Combinations - Highland Heather and Fresh Fig, Painted Seasons, Stampin' Up!, Brian King Succulent Color Combinations - Pear Pizzazz and Mossy Meadow, Painted Seasons, Stampin' Up!, Brian King Succulent Color Combinations - Petal Pink and Calypso Coral, Painted Seasons, Stampin' Up!, Brian King Succulent Color Combinations - Lemon Lime Twist and Balmy Blue, Painted Seasons, Stampin' Up!, Brian King Succulent Color Combinations - Soft Sea Foam and Smoky Slate, Painted Seasons, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingWhat do you think? Do you have a favorite? I really love the Mint Macaron and Cajun Craze pairing.

Lining Up the Succulent with the Four Seasons Die

Have you ever stood in front of your Big Shot with a stamped flower, just rolling the die around and around to find the place where the petals line up? I cropped two of these succulents before deciding I needed to find an easier way.

I studied the die and stamped image and found a quick tip that will help you to quickly and easily cut out this succulent:

Lining up the Four Seasons Framelits Dies with Painted Seasons succulent, Stampin' Up!, Brian KingOne of the petals on the succulent is definitely rounder than the others, and it lines up perfectly with the Sizzix inscription on the die. You might not be able to identify the roundest petal on the succulent at first look. If you have to crop a lot of these guys, you’ll get really good at finding it in the lineup.

I hope this post has given you some inspiration to try new things with the Painted Seasons stamp set. There are innumerable options, and it’s always fun to create something new.

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  1. Julie ☀️🏝🍹 Reardon

    What a great, informative post. Thank you!

  2. Ohhhh!!!!! What a fabulous, gorgeous combination of colors for this succulent image Brian, I love all of them, thank you so much for all the tips, they are priceless!!

    • So happy to share, Maria! I had so much in my head about this simple project that I couldn’t fit it all into yesterday’s post. 🙂

  3. So helpful. Step 6 especially important!

  4. Enjoyed reading your 8 steps to stamping the succulents ……. And brilliant color combinations on some of your favorite succulent colors. My favorite is Pear Pizzazz and Mossy Meadow (just saying). Thanks for sharing Brian.

  5. Gasp, wait and smile . . . you never cease to amaze with a simple technique. Love the visual on lining up the dies, too!

  6. Chris from Pella

    I always thought this was a flower instead of a succulent. Goes to show what I know! Mike is the gardener at our house. I say I have a brown thumb but usually blame it on ink. There was a time I could do house plants but then who knows what happened. Anyway, love all your colors and your tips will be great if I ever get this set. I don’t think I have a favorite color combination as they are all so pretty. Darn, I do want to play with this now. Maybe I can try the dauber on another stamp for similar looks.

    • Thanks, Chris! I don’t know much about plants or flowers, either – barely enough to just keep them alive. It’s fun to play with different colors. I hope you’ll give it a try on a different stamp – you’ll certainly have fun with it.

  7. Brilliant post. Love the photos of the different color combinations. Must play with this technique right now. Thanks for the meticulous tips and instructions. Number 6, indeed.

    • 🙂 Thanks, Linda! I’m so glad you like the writeup. I had so many thoughts I wanted to share and was happy to include them in a second post. Thanks! ♥

  8. Petal Pink and Calypso Coral is my favorite.

  9. And here I thought Tip # 4 was the most important. Giggle! I’m off to follow the directions!
    (And duh, I did not know they were succulents, either….lots of important information today!)

  10. So cool, Brian! Thanks for the coloring tips and that tip on how to line up the framelit is going to save me heaps of time!!

  11. Thank you for the tips.. Because of your cards I bought the dies and got the set and DSP in my order last night. No inention of getting any til saw your creations! Oh the power you have!

    • Yay! You’re going to love this set, Windy – and so will your club members. 🙂 I’m so glad I’ve inspired you to do the right thing. ♥

  12. This was my favorite set from Sale-A-Bration. Yes, they were all beautiful but this one just jumped out at me. I so appreciate your help with the color combinations, that seems to be my weak point. Lasting Lily was my other favorite set and I’m so happy that SU came up with framelits for both sets. They are going to be such fun to play with. Thanks for the instructions, especially the gasp, wait and smile. LOL

    • I’m so happy you find them helpful, Grace! I love playing with colors – if I can make that easier for others, I’m happy to share. ♥

  13. Thanks for the hint on lining up the stamp and the die. Love hints like that!!!!

  14. I played with this set and paper this weekend and I LOVE it! Thank you for the hints !

  15. Great info and tutorial, Brian. Whenever I get new stamp sets and coordinating framelits dies, I determine a point of reference that will match the orientation of both the stamps and the framelits dies; then mark both of them with a Sharpie ‘dot’. Then its easy-peasy to stamp and cut all the time and don’t have to think about how to line them up.

    • Thanks, Stella! Such a great idea – definitely makes it easier to line up once and not worry again. ♥

      • Brian, love these accent colors on the painted seasons flower stamp– especially giving us the coordinating colors! They all look beautiful and I’m going to try it the next time I pull out that stamp set … oh wait! I just used it and now I’ll go back and add that splash of color!

  16. I’m so glad I got a chance to read this one today. thanks for the tips to save us…. and your color combos continue to amaze me. I, too, love the mint macaron & Cajun craze but adore the petal pink & calypso coral as well. you are absolutely awesome Brian!

  17. Omg , I can’t choose. My friend
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  18. Denise Ferguson

    Great tip for lining up the die, Brian! I know that’s going to be a big time ( maybe paper) saver!

  19. Brian this is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing all the combinations of colors that are so beautiful!

    • Thanks so much, Dianne! I’m happy to share when I find things that work for me – because I think they might help others, too. Glad you like it! ♥

  20. Thank you for the great tips, Brian! I appreciate the heads up about lining up the die as I’ve struggled with that on other sets. But the most inspiring to me is the introduction of color combinations! I’ve looked at dozens of cards using this set, and it just wasn’t doing anything for me. Color combinations = *mind blown*!! You’re awesome for sharing!

    • Awww…thanks so much, Suzie! I’m so happy that the colors combinations inspire you. I hope you can use them or come up with some great colors that work better for what you want to make. Thanks for your comments! ♥

  21. Thank you Brian!! I love this bundle but your dauber technique takes it to a whole new level! I demonstrated it yesterday (again) with your tip and sold two more Painted Seasons bundles! THANKS!

  22. I’m late to the party but truly appreciate your ideas here and will definitely use them. Especially lining up the die. Thanks so much!

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