Happy Friday, Friends! I cannot believe Spring is almost here. It looks like I may be mowing in a few days, and our neighborhood birds are singing at the top of their lungs. Goodness! I’m glad they’re so happy, but they are definitely loud. Sadly, our neighbor’s tree had budded and blossomed too early and last weekend’s cold snap killed the blossoms. This time last week, they were a beautiful pink-ish purple; today, they’re brown.
In anticipation of spring, I created this card with the lovely Tasteful Touches Stamp Set from Stampin’ Up!®. Hopefully, the blossoms on this card won’t turn brown!
To create this project, I stamped the flowers from Tasteful Touches three times in Rich Razzleberry Classic Ink. After I stamped the top right flower, I remembered I wanted to stamp off first. Here’s a quick tip about “stamping off.” If you decide to stamp an image full strength, then stamp the next without re-inking the stamp, make sure the first stamped image is totally on the card stock (like my top and bottom flowers). If it’s hanging off the edge (like the middle flower on this card), you need to ink the stamp again, stamp it on scrap paper, and then stamp on the card layer. If you stamp without re-inking, you’ll have a line down the image where it was stamped on the edge of the card stock. And, trust me, it doesn’t look really great. It’s a little extra work, but it’s worth it!
I stamped the sentiment in Just Jade Classic Ink in the center of the card, then added the little leaves around the flowers using Smoky Slate Classic Ink. Very simple, right? One stamp set, one color card stock, and three colors of ink. And what I love most about this card is since I used Very Vanilla Cardstock, you can use any color ink you’d like for the images and sentiment. Basic White will also work for the card stock, as well as other lighter neutral colors like Crumb Cake or Sahara Sand. I am looking forward to stamping multiples of this design in different colors!
Here’s my last tip – I should have stamped the sentiment at least one more time, because I would prefer it to be a bit darker, especially since the font is thinner. If you use your Stamparatus, it’s simple to add layers of ink.
Thank you for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. I hope you have a lovely weekend!