I remember when I first started stamping and all I had was stamps, cardstock and ink. It really wasn’t that long ago. Then Stampin’ Up!® started selling the Big Shot and the whole world of stamping changed for me. At first they had these thick steel rimmed dies. They could cut a few pieces of card stock at once but they could only cut out shapes but they were amazing. Then someone genius person invented the thin dies and once again, the world of stamping changed. It just wasn’t stamping anymore. It was a whole new world. You could cut out a stamped image! What an amazing invention! Now these thin dies are are a common part of the stamping world but every year they seem to get better and better. Now Stampin’ Up!® includes dies to cut out the images but they also include extra dies to cut out sentiments and shapes. Can it get any better?
I started this card thinking I was just going to make a simple stamp, ink and card stock card (like in the old days). I used the stamp set called Art Gallery that was in the 2021 January – June Catalog and carried over into the 2021/2022 Annual Catalog. It has a set of coordinating dies that can cut out the images and includes two dies to cut out sentiments and has a larger die that cuts out words.
I first stamped the flowers in Highland Heather and Gorgeous Grape. Art Gallery is a two step stamp set where it takes two or more stamps to make on image. Then I stamped the stems in Old Olive ink. That is where things went to go a little wrong. I actually got Old Olive ink on my finger and made a big smudge on my card. Sigh. Now I had to cover that smudge with a piece of card stock, which, of course, meant I needed to stamp the sentiment and cut it out using a die. Oh well. I sufficiently covered my mistake and the card still looks nice.