January Thank You Card with Painted Petals

thank-you-card

Our internet at home is back up. Yippee skippee!!!!!! So now, instead of running to Starbucks for a few minutes of free Wifi, I have all the time I need, at home, to share and blog properly. I missed you guys … 🙂

So today I want to share my thank you card that my January customers have been receiving. I’ve used Painted Petals, a 2-step stamp set from our Occasions Catalog. I love 2-step stamp sets because in a snap you have something wonderful. They’re also a great choice for new rubber stampers because Stampin’ Up! has done all the designing for you.

A video tutorial will follow at the bottom of my post.

So what’s 2-step stamping?
These wonderful stamp sets are designed with images that are stamped on top of one another. Simply layer images and you’re done. IMG_3835 There’s no need to worry about layering “just perfectly.” These images are forgiving and even look great when the images are a little offset.

On the right, “Step 1” is when I stamped the leaves with Wild Wasabi. At “Step 2” I stamped the flowers on top of the leaves in Melon Mambo to complete the image. Done!

When layering, most 2-step stamp sets are easy to “eyeball” whether you’re using clear stamps, photopolymer stamps or wood block stamps But if the images are a bit large and you’re using a wood block stamp set (as I did) and you can’t see through the block, our wonderful Stamp-A-Majig will easily guide your 2nd stamp where it needs to go.

Sponging
In my card, I sponged Marina Mist at the top for the “sky” and Wild Wasabi at the bottom of the flowers for the “grass.” Sponging is easy IMG_3837and adds more texture and dimension to your projects. Simply dab the sponge in your ink pad and then “pounce” it lightly on your card. Use scratch paper at first to adjust the pressure of your pounce as needed. If you pounce too hard, you’ll get a dark, round blotch. You want to lightly pounce on your paper to create a smoother look.

I also sponged the edge of the card at the top. The edge is now a darker blue and frames the card beautifully.

Stampin’ Up!’s sponges come three to a pack and are round as shown on the left. I like to cut mine in fourths. When I’m done, I rinse them in cold water and squeeze them dry with a towel. Other stampers designate a sponge per ink pad and don’t feel the need to rinse them between uses.

To order any of these items now, head over to my online store by using the Shop Now button. And be sure to choose a FREE Sale-A-Bration item from our Sale-A-Bration catalog for every $50 in product that you purchase from our Annual and Occasions catalogs. The Sale-A-Bration promotion will continue through March 31st.

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