Hello, and welcome to part 2 of the Stampin’ Up! Forever Lovely Showcase. In part 1 we looked at tags (you can find the blog here) and this week we will be making cards. Again there will be examples for beginner, casual and avid crafters so, no matter what your level of experience and size of your craft stash, there’s something for everyone!
The card for beginners uses only cardstock, stamps and ink and so is really accessible but looks impressive. The colour scheme for this card is Lovely Lipstick, Mossy Meadow and Pear Pizzazz. I made the card base from Whisper White Thick Cardstock and made another, slightly smaller, Whisper White layer to stamp onto which gives a subtle extra layer to the card. The sentiment is stamped in Lovely Lipstick ink, as are the flowers. The foliage is then stamped in Pear Pizzazz and Mossy Meadow, using first and second generation stamping. Stamping generations are when you continue to stamp without re-inking so that each generation produces a lighter and lighter image. It is a really effective way of producing different colour tones using a single ink pad. This is a really quick and simple card to produce but looks clean and stylish and would make any recipient smile.
The card for casual crafters adds in the use of the coordinating dies (Lovely Flowers Edgelits). The card base is Lovely Lipstick. I have then used a smaller piece of Whisper White Cardstock and stamped the coordinating flower and foliage images in Lovely Lipstick and Pear Pizzazz respectively. I then used one of the Edgelits dies to cut this into two sections. A corner embellishment was added to each of the bottom corners using the relevant dies. These two sections were then adhered to the top and bottom of the card base. The sentiment is stamped in Lovely Lipstick ink onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock and cut out using one of the stitched rectangle framelit dies. Leaves were stamped in Pear Pizzazz ink onto Pear Pizzazz Cardstock (to give a tone-on-tone effect) and die cut and extra foliage was also die cut from Pear Pizzazz Cardstock. The sentiment was adhered using dimensionals and the foliage placed such that it was protruding from behind the sentiment. This produces a really sophisticated card but only requires the Stamp and Die bundle, three colours of cardstock and two ink pads. The range of sentiments within the Stamp Set mean that, given this small selection of products you could create cards for a number of occasions.
The avid crafter card also uses the coordinating Designer Series Paper (DSP). I created the card base from Crumb Cake cardstock. I adhered a slightly smaller layer of Flirty Flamingo cardstock and a smaller still layer of DSP. Mulitple layers are a simple way to make your cards look really extravagant and luxurious. The sentiment is stamped in Crumb Cake ink onto Whisper White cardstock and some additional floral images are added in Flirty Flamingo ink to add some extra interest. I have then die cut some embellishments into the bottom corners and the floral flourish into the top corner to balance out the stamping. This sentiment piece was adhered using dimensionals to give the finishing touch. Using the coordinating DSP on projects takes a lot of time and effort out of creating background layers and you can guarantee that everything matches perfectly!
I hope you have enjoyed part 2 of the Forever Lovely Showcase. Next week we will be making 3D projects suitable for the beginner, casual and avid crafter. In the meantime, if you have any questions just let me know.
The product list for these three projects follows below. If you would like to purchase any of these items, click on the link and it will take you straight to my online shop!