Springtime Abstract

Springtime Abstract

For about five years, I held a Technique Class each month using products from the current (at the time) Stampin’ Up!® catalogs. It was fun, and we learned a lot! I found my technique file the other day, and decided to pull one out to play with.

Abstract Impressions, Stampin' Up!

I wanted flowers and butterflies, because it’s been rainy and dreary here for the past week. Oh, who am I kidding? It’s been rainy and dreary almost all summer. I know we’ll appreciate having the reservoirs full. That’s what I keep telling myself when I wake up to another rainy day.

So – in honor of the spring we didn’t have here in Virginia, I wanted a field of flowers behind my Springtime Impressions die-cut butterfly. I cut a 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″piece of Garden Impressions Designer Series Paper (DSP) and painted Gesso over it. It muted the DSP enough that I could stamp over it, but still see the floral background.

When the Gesso was dry, I used the Abstract Impressions Stamp Set to stamp the flower stems in Garden Green and Granny Apple Green ink. Then I stamped the blossoms in Mango Melody and Daffodil Delight. The stamping stands out enough that it can be seen, but it doesn’t take away from the butterfly or the background.

The butterfly is from the Springtime Impressions Thinlits dies. The thinlits, DSP, and Abstract Impressions Stamp Set are all part of the Garden Impressions Suite in the Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog. You can also bundle the stamps and thinlits and save 10%. The DSP has 48- 6″ x 6″ sheets, 4 each of 12 double-sided designs. I used another one of the DSP designs for the butterfly.

The sentiment, from the Wonderful Moments Stamp Set is stamped in Garden Green. This is such a sweet set, but I almost didn’t order it. Most of my friends already have grandkids, and I didn’t know anyone who was getting married. But then I found out two of my nieces are having weddings next year. So I needed a new wedding set, right? The sentiments in this set are very versatile, and there’s also an image that can be used for birthdays as well as other events.

Hope your day is full of love and laughter – even if there isn’t much sunshine! Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy.

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About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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8 Responses to Springtime Abstract

  1. debsmart says:

    Wow – this is beautiful, Buffy! I thought you had created the background from scratch. Great tip about using Gesso to mute the DSP. Fabulous results!

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  2. Jackie says:

    This is simply beautiful Buffy. I love stamping on DSP and this is a wonderful combination

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  3. Mindy Clove says:

    Buffy, this is a beautiful card. I forget about Gesso. I love how it mutes the DSP, but you can still see the pattern. This card is just lovely!

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  4. Susan Horr says:

    I have no idea what Gesso is but I will have to find Out! Beautiful! PS: this summer has been the best Since I can remember in a long time! I am sorry your summer has been rainy!

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    • buffycooper says:

      Thanks, Susan! If you have white acrylic paint, it works too – just use a thin layer. I’m so glad you had a good summer! I’ll bet you really enjoyed the sunsets! We whined a lot about the rain and cool weather, but then we also whined about the one or two very hot (normal summer) weeks. You just can’t please Southerners sometimes.


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