Friday, May 15, 2020

Simple Stamping with the Retiring Slice of Happiness

This blogpost is Plan B. Plan A was an unboxing of my new 2020/21 Annual Catalogue Preorder, but as of the time I write this, it still hasn't been delivered. I haven't yet received a notice that the delivery date has changed, like I have for the past 3 days!!! UPS is SUCH a tease! But it's far too late in the evening to tape a video so that will have to wait for a new day. I've never received an order this late at night before, so I'm not holding out much hope that it will arrive today either, but I suppose stranger things have happened and I know UPS is busier than at Christmas right now and short of drivers!

So, back to Plan B. I decided to do some #simplestamping! Stampin' Up! has had a focus on that for the last year, at least! I'm not good at simple stamping. I don't know when to stop to make something simple, so I thought that this would be quick, easy and good practise when I'm short on time. I wanted to use a retiring set, and I focused on Slice of Happiness. This poor set really hasn't had a ton of use this year and I'm sad to see it go. It's ideal for simple stamping because it's a distINKtive stamp set, which means that the images are very realistic. And because this is one of the best working distINKtive sets I've ever used, it is perfect for a beginner's card, because it gives them a striking result just using paper, stamps and ink!

  • I've paired up this stamp set with the See a Silhouette Designer Series Paper, which is also retiring and on sale now for $11.81. The mix of Mossy Meadow, Night of Navy and Old Olive on the paper and the Granny Apple Green of the grapes work well together.
  • Isn't amazing the many shades of green you get with the distINKtive stamp using only one colour of ink - Granny Apple Green. It gives the image such depth!
  • If I was doing a beginner class with this design, I would have the panels for the grapes and the sentiment pre-cut, the former using the Stitched Shapes dies.
  • The sentiment is from the same stamp set - Slice of Happiness, a cling set. The card base is a Notecard, from a pack of 20 Notecards & Envelopes, a great suggestion for a beginner to buy to get started.
  • The background paper in this one is also from the See a Silhouette DSP. It has tones of Real Red, Mango Melody, Crushed Curry and a little Rich Razzleberry, I think.
  • The pomegranates were stamped in Cherry Cobbler ink, but look at all the tones the stamp creates! Awesome!
  • The sentiment is stamped in Granny Apple Green.
  • The image panel is die cut with the Stitched Rectangles dies. As before, I would have done that before the class, so it's not something that the beginner stamper would have to worry about.
  • The final image is of a Kiwi fruit, stamped here in Old Olive ink. The image panel is popped up on dimensionals on a panel of retiring Tropical Oasis Designer Series Paper and both are added to more See a Silhouette paper mounted on the front of a Notecard. 
  • The sentiment, also from the same stamp set, is stamped in Cherry Cobbler ink and punched using the Timeless Label punch.

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