Dragonfly Garden in Vellum
Welcome to the second week of 2022! I hope you’re having a wonderful year so far, and that you’re enjoying the Stampin’ Up!® January-June Mini Catalog and Sale-a-bration. I’m taking a short break from new catalog peeks. My card today is mostly from the Annual Catalog. I tend to get so excited about the new products that I forget about my favorite things in the Annual Catalog.
The Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog is so big and so full of gorgeousness that it’s easy to miss things. For example, I missed the In Color Shimmer Vellum on page 135. It’s hard to miss; it’s right there in the bottom right corner. But somehow I missed the “shimmer” part. Fortunately, my friend Liz used it for one of our Mystery Pieces challenges (you’ll see it soon!). One side of the vellum – which comes in the 2021-2023 In Colors – is shimmery. (Well, of course it is; it’s right there in the description.) But until I used it, I didn’t realize how shimmery. When I saw it in the catalog, I thought, “Oh, colored vellum. Nice, but I can make it with Blending Brushes and ink.” But when I saw it in person, I had a whole new perspective. It’s so gorgeous and so shimmery. I mean, you don’t have to hold it under the light and move it around to see shimmer. It’s like someone sprinkled fairy dust all over it. Yet it’s not overwhelming. Take a look.
Sadly, like Wink of Stella, the shimmer tends to hide from my camera. But trust me; there’s shimmer!
To make this card, I created a card base from Thick Basic White Cardstock. Then I sponged Balmy Blue ink over the front with a Blending Brush. I wanted a hint of sky and a kind of shadow backdrop for the dragonflies.
Next, I stamped the dragonflies from the Dragonfly Garden Stamp Set randomly in Basic Gray Classic ink. I had an idea where my vellum images would be, so I tried to keep the swarm in areas that wouldn’t be totally covered by the larger images.
I stamped the large dragonfly image on Pale Papaya and Soft Succulent Vellum using Versamark Ink. Then I embossed them with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder and heated. So pretty!
I punched the dragonflies with the Dragonflies Punch, then added them to the card with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals. I kept the dimensionals in the center, along the body of the dragonflies. That way they’re a little more “alive,” and don’t look so much like specimens pinned to a board.
After I stamped the sentiment in Basic Gray Classic Ink, I added a few Irridescent Rhinestones Basic Jewels from the January-June Mini Catalog. These are so delicate and pretty, and they add just a little more shimmer and magic to the card.
This card is quite simple to create, and it doesn’t take a lot of special tools. It really makes me long for spring, though, especially this week when it’s dreary and cold here. We’re not even a month into winter and I’m ready for spring. That means you’ll see a lot of spring cards in the next few weeks!
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day!