Hand Penned is a Suite in the 2021/2022 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog. It includes the stamp set called Hand-Penned Petals, the coordinating dies called Penned Flowers (and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a bundle), Hand Penned Designer Series Paper, and Genial Gems. It is a beautiful suite full of gorgeous hand drawn flowers and lovely sentiments.
When I decide to make a card I usually go through my stamp sets to see which one I want to use. Once in a while I go through my die sets to decide. In this case, I chose the Penned Flowers Dies to see what I could make using them and not the stamp set. It is kind of backwards but a fun thing to do every now and then. Then I decided what colors I wanted to use. I decided on Pale Papaya, Fresh Freesia and Soft Succulent. These are three of the newest InColors.
To make this card I first cut out the various flowers and leaves in this die set. Then I played with them by putting them in different positions until I found a pattern I liked. I have to say, this took me a while to figure out. I am kind of a symmetrical person so I needed some balance doing this. After I decided I liked them they way they were, I placed a piece of Press ‘N Seal over them so they would stay in place. If you haven’t tried this, you should. The Press ‘N Stick is sticky on one side so it keeps your pieces all in place. You lay it over the pieces and press down and they stick to it. Then you can pick up the pieces and turn them over to add adhesive (such as Multipurpose Glue). Then you just turn it back over on top of a piece of cardstock, press them down and then gently lift the Press ‘N Seal off. It is a wonderful invention for card makers (ever though it is supposed to be used in the kitchen)
After I did this I used one of the Basic Borders dies to cut the Basic White card stock at an angle. I did the same with a piece of Fresh Freesia cards stock and layered them together. I ran a Pale Papaya card base through my Cut & Emboss Machine using the Subtle Embossing Folder to give it some texture. Lastly I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Sweet As A Peach in Fresh Freesia Ink.