Welcome to a bright new week! We had a gloomy Saturday (with another disappointing winter storm) followed by a semi-sunny Sunday. Today, it’s cold again, but sunny. (Disclaimer: I’m posting this early – Susan & Jackie, don’t faint! – so I’m depending on my weather app to give accurate information. If it isn’t sunny and cold in northwestern VA today, blame the weatherman for a faulty report.)
Don’t ask why I’m trusting the weatherman. We were supposed to have 1-3″ of ice and snow this weekend, so I was expecting to spend at least one day snuggled in bed with a book. We got a skiff of snow, enough freezing rain to cover my windshield and ice up metal hand rails, then rain that melted everything. Still, it was a wonderful weekend and I got a lot of crafting done.
Whenever Stampin’ Up!® offers stamp sets with a musical theme, I almost always purchase them. And if there’s a piano involved, it’s definitely on my wish list. So you can imagine that when I saw the Music From the Heart Stamp Set in the January – June Mini Catalog, it was one of the first that I purchased. That it was Dawn Olchefske’s $1,000,000 stamp set made it even easier to buy. Dawn is such an amazing crafter and offers so much help to her customers and other Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrators. She is truly an inspiration to all.
Here’s a quick card I made with this set.
I used Blueberry Bushel and Gorgeous Grape for this card. Blueberry Bushel is a 2018-2020 In Color, so it will be retiring in June. I’m so sad, because it’s such a beautiful blue and works well with so many other colors.
First, I stamped the treble clef image on Whisper White Cardstock – twice in Blueberry Bushel Classic Ink and once in Gorgeous Grape Classic Ink. Then I stamped the guitar base in the same colors. These images are super easy to line up, especially if you use the Stamparatus.
Next, I took Light Seaside Spray and Dark Purple Posy Stampin’ Blends to color in the hearts in the treble clef images. Because Classic Ink is water based and Stampin’ Blends are alcohol markers, you can easily color with images without the ink bleeding.(Tip: You want to use opposites. If you stamp in a solvent ink – like StazOn, color with a water based ink – like Stampin’ Write Markers or Classic Stampin’ Pads and an Aqua Painter or Blender Pen. If you stamp in a water based ink – like Memento – use solvent markers to color – like Stampin’ Blends. You can also watercolor with Memento if you heat set the ink first. I just make sure to use water sparingly and try to stay away from the lines.)
I layered the Whisper White Cardstock to a Gorgeous Grape card base, then stamped You Rock! at the bottom of the card. The stamps in the Music from the Heart Stamp Set are photopolymer, so I bent the stamp a little to make it more of an arc to mimic the bottom of the guitar.
This is one of my favorite sets from the new Mini Catalog, because it’s so versatile. You can use it for any gender or age, and for musicians or just music lovers. And they can be classical lovers or rock, metal, pop, or other genres.
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy! Have a lovely day.