There is nothing more exciting that looking through a new catalogue and deciding what to get, and when it’s the New Annual Catalogue from Stampin’ Up! that excitement is doubled!
I was really pleased to see that the Happiest of Birthdays Stamp Set is still available. I’ve not had a chance to make nearly enough cards with it yet so definitely time to rectify that and get stamping.
As spring is bursting out around the garden and life feels like it is recoloured, I decided to go BRIGHT BRIGHT BRIGHT with these cards and chose a colour scheme that is vivid and dynamic. My two colours are Costal Cabana and Mango Melody, not a choice that I would normally go for but as the stamp is large and bold I wanted colours that were eye catching as well.
My first card is a simple layered card using an image stamped in Mango Melody. Don’t you just love how vibrant a colour it is.
I realised half way through that I didn’t have any matching ribbon, but there is a simple solution – use a Mango Melody Blends Pen to colour a piece of Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon to match the card. I love how versatile this is and it took the colour easily and was dry in seconds – a perfect match!
It was a similar technique for my second card, but this time I flicked Wink of Stella onto the middle layer for a bit of sparkle. In addition I used the Stitched So Sweetly Dies to cut out the sentiment and daubed Mango Melody on the edges. It gives a totally different feel to the card, but using the same basic materials as my first card.
Then I decided to go totally off on a tangent and ran the background piece through the Painted Texture Embossing Folder. I love how the embossed piece feels, a mixture of rough lime rendering or acrylic paint. I decided to highlight the roughness by using a sponge to drag a light coat of Mango Melody over the embossed Costal Cabana piece, which adds another dynamic to this card.
Again I used my coloured ribbon, which I tied through a paper punch hole, and finished off with the Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels.
I love how you can get three completely different cards using only two colours and a bit of imagination. And I love this stamp set! You can see more of what I’ve made in One Sheet makes a lot of Fine Art Floral Cards!
If you’d like to have a go with these colours, the links below will take you to my Stampin’ Up! shop or alternatively get in touch.