My project today stars the Beautiful Thistle Bundle. It is paired with the Fancy Floral DSP. That paper is going to be missed so much when it is gone!
When I first saw this stamp set, Beautiful Thistle, I knew I had to have it. It reminds me of my first trip to Scotland and everything Thistle in the gift shops. Plus it is such a fun flower image. To create this stamped image I used Both Stampin’ Write Markers and Stampin’ Blends. The image is a solid piece (there are sections as well) so I colored it with Orchid Oasis, Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen Markers. Then I filled in the areas using Orchid Oasis and Soft Succulent Stampin’ Blends after stamping.
The sentiment is included in this stamp set. To assist it in standing out against the darker colors, I opted to stamp onto Basic White with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. That did the trick wonderfully!
Die Cut Trick
Last month, while recovering from pneumonia, I watched a lot of stamping videos! And once again I did not make note of the name and now cannot find it. But one of the videos showed a lady who had stamped and colored on White card stock but was layering onto Black card stock. She did not want the white outside area after die cutting to stand out. So she used a black Stampin’ Blend and colored around the image before she cut. I thought that was amazing because the image then seemed to pop off the black background. Well I tried it with this thistle. If you look closely, you can see that I went around this with the Orchid Oasis Stampin’ Blend. Since that was the main color of the background layer I hoped it would work. What do you think?
The main paper on this card, or at least the most important to me, is the DSP piece. It is once again from the Fancy Flora Designer Series Paper. I wanted a purplish color for the Thistle and thought this one would fit the bill. And it did!
There are several layers because it seemed no matter what color I put against the Soft Succulent base that it did not Pop. I had added the White between the Orchid Oasis and the DSP because they are so similar. So when I tried that between the Orchid and the base, it seemed to work as well. Plus the sentiment is on White.
To complete this card I chose to go with the Rectangle Postage Punch. I am truly sad to see this fun punch retire! It is a great size and can actually be shortened if needed. To ground the sentiment layer, I added a ribbon and bow using the Soft Succulent Open Weave Ribbon. This ribbon is easy to work with and is thin so it does not add bulk. For the final touch I added a few of the 2021-2023 Opal Rounds. They are In Colors that are retiring. I scattered a few of the Soft Succulent ones around the card for a soft bling.
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