As you know, there is only 1 week left until all the products retiring from the old 2014/15 Annual Catalogue will be gone for good!! And I didn't want you to to accuse me of holding out on you, so I got out a whole slew of them, some that I haven't used very much in the past year, just to give you an idea of what you may be missing out on if you leave these to die an unnoticed death! Seriously, if you google these stamp set names you'll come up with many more great projects and then there's Pinterest! This card was inspired by Pals Paper Arts Challenge #252:
This sketch, by Kerry Willard Bray, features a hexagon shape, and I thought of getting out the Six-Sided Sampler Stamp set, but it's not retiring and I wanted to be a bit more creative than that. So my next idea was Mosaic Madness. This stamp set is retiring and you can pick up the wood mount and the clear mount sets, each 25% off. I liked the Mosaic Madness set, as well, because of the long horizontal elements that would work for the horizontal panel on the sketch. Let me show you what I mean:
- My background DSP is from the Bohemian Designer Series Paper collection, so I used a colour palette from that set for my card: Blackberry Bliss, Rich Razzleberry, Delightful Dijon, Island Indigo and Bermuda Bay. These are all very rich, full-bodied colours which manage to work well together.
- I would have put my horizontal panel across the middle of my mosaic pieces as the sketch indicates, but they are so small that, even when I trimmed the horizontal piece right down, you couldn't see much of them. So I opted to put it at the bottom of the mosaic pieces. The mosaic pieces were punched out using the Mosaic Punch, which is retiring and on sale for 50% off.
- Speaking of the long panel, I stamped it in Rich Razzleberry with one of the long horizontal stamps from the set, but it was not long enough to go entirely across the card. It turned out to be a job for my trusty Stamp-A-Ma-Jig. (If you haven't used this terrific tool before, I have a video tutorial for you explaining how to use it.) Then I covered it with Versamark ink and added Heat & Stick Powder. I heat set it with a Heat Tool and then quickly added some Dazzling Diamonds Glitter and heat set it again for that sparkly look.
- The sentiment is from the set, A Round Array. It is also retiring and the clear mount is on sale for 20% off. I punched it out with the 7/8" Scallop Circle Punch and mounted it on the base made with the Label Love Stamp Set. This set is, you guessed it, retiring June 2, and the wood mount version is on sale for 25% off, while you can get the clear mount for 15% off. The shape was punched out using the Artisan Label Punch, again, on sale for 50% off until June 2!
And it's Tuesday again, and that means new:
Click on the links below to take you to my On-Line Store, where you can read about, look at, and purchase if you wish, the Stampin' Up! products used to make this card today!
Sneak Peek Products from the new 2015/16 Annual Catalogue, available June 2, 2015:
Bohemian Designer Series Paper, Delightful Dijon Classic Stampin' Pad