July 14, 2008

Bloomin' with New Goodies!

As promised, here's the first of my cards using the new products from the upcoming Spring Mini Catalogue. Isn't that image beautiful? This card uses stamps from the Bloomin' with Beauty set. I did lots of sponging and masking on this one, here's the step by step:

  • Stamp the vase image in Stazon ink on Whisper White twice. Stamp it again on a post-it note or scrap paper before cleaning your stamp.

  • Cut the vase part of the image out of your scrap paper. Adhere your mask over the image as shown below and colour the vase by sponging River Rock ink using a sponge dauber.

  • Colour the flowers of your second image by sponging with Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose and Purely Pomegranate ink. Sponge the leaves with Old Olive and cut out the coloured part of the image. Adhere on the image with the sponged vase using Stampin' Dimensionals.

  • Here's my favourite tip for die-cut stamp sets: When you peal off the backing paper as you mount your stamps, make sure to keep it, it's the perfect mask for your image! Adhere the backing paper mask over your coloured image and sponge around the edges using Soft Sky ink. Continue the sponging around the edges of your Whisper White square, paying particular attention to the corners.

  • Sponge heavily at the base of the vase, again with Soft Sky ink, to ground the image.

  • Distress the sides of your card stock using the distressing tool from the Cutter kit. Mount on a slightly larger piece of Purely Pomegranate card.

  • Adhere a piece of Designer Paper from the upcoming Holiday Harmony pack on a Purely Pomegranate card base. Stamp "Bloom" in Purely Pomegranate ink.

  • Stamp the bee image on Whisper White card stock and also on the designer paper. Colour lightly, cut out and adhere with half a Stampin' Dimensional.

  • Create a bow using the new Satin ribbon in Purely Pomegranate and a ribbon slide from the beautiful new Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware kit. I LOVE this hardware, it's so so so gorgeous. Adhere the bow using a mini glue dot.
  • Lastly, run a two-way glue pen lightly over the flowers and bee wings. Dip a toothpick in Dazzling Diamonds glitter and tap the glitter lightly on the glue. This gives you a "barely there" sparkle for sophisticated shimmer. It's always so hard to take a good photo of glitter, but hopefully you can see a little in the photo above!
Aren't these new products gorgeous? They will all be available from August 1st. The satin ribbon also comes in Chocolate Chip, I can't wait to play with that! If you're in the Wellington area and would like to see these products in person (all while earning free stamp sets and shopping dollars!) please email me to find out all about having your very own fun and free Stampin' Up! workshop!

Stampin' Supplies:
Bloomin' with Beauty stamp set.
Whisper White and Purely Pomegranate card stock.
Stazon, Soft Sky, Purely Pomegranate, River Rock, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose and Old Olive ink.
Holiday Harmony Designer Paper.
Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware.
Purely Pomegranate Satin Ribbon.
Sponge Daubers.
Cutter Kit.
Stampin' Dimensionals.
SNAIL Adhesive.
All supplies available from Stampin' Up! Some supplies not available until August 1st, 2008.


  1. wow this is gorgeous Sarah! And thanks for the tutorial, I'm still waiting for my order to arrive which will include this set.

  2. Great tip on the backing paper as a mask! Love the card!

  3. Lovely card Sarah! All that sponging gives a great effect.

  4. Sarah - AWESOME tutorial and card!

    Isn't this stamp set in the CURRENT mini catalog?

  5. Sarah, this is absolutely GORGEOUS! Thanks for the tutorial as well - very useful.

  6. This is another beautiful card Sarah! I love this stamp set and is definitely on my wish list for the new mini.


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