Rooted In Nature is a stamp set that has been in the catalog for a couple of years. It replaced Lovely As A Tree (LAAT). LAAT was an awesome stamp set but Rooted In Nature is even better. Why? Because it has matching dies called Nature’s Roots and cute little leaf embellishments called Leaves Trinkets. Everyone loves dies and trinkets!
To make this card, I first took a piece of Smoky Slate cardstock and rang it through my embossing and die cutting machine with the Pinewood Planks 3D embossing folder. I layered that onto a piece of Basic Gray cardstock. Next I stamped the trees in Shaded Spruce ink onto Whisper White cardstock three times without re-inking inbetween. It gives the trees a little depth by making it look like the lighter trees are behind the darker one. I also stamped the leaves in Shaded Spruce and cut them out with the matching die.
If you look closely you can see the sentiment is on a stitched banner. We don’t have stitched banners but I will tell you how I did it. I first stamped the sentiment onto a piece of So Saffron cardstock and cut it out using the Stitched Rectangles. Then I did this with the same die and ran it through my die cutting machine again:
It worked perfectly!
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This is another card we made is our monthly club meeting. I “borrowed” this idea from Buffy. She made a great video showing how to get different colors in the tree. She used Watercolor Paper, a different stamp set and spritzed the paper, which I did not but the cards are similar and I got the idea after watching her video.
You need to have a Stamparatus to make this card. This is because you stamp the image over and over using different colors so you have exact placement every time. This would be impossible to do without the Stamparatus.
To make this card, I first placed a piece of removable tape along the bottom of a piece of Whisper White Cardstock. Then I sponged So Saffron, Balmy Blue and Soft Sea Foam ink onto it. When you remove the tape, it leaves a clean line where there is no ink.
Then I placed the piece of sponged cardstock into the Stamparatus and then placed the stamp where I wanted it. I used various Stampin’ Write Markers to make the leaves different shades of green. I first randomly put Granny Apple Green ink with a marker on the stamp and then stamped it using the Stamparatus. Then I did the same thing in different parts of the stamp with Old Olive, Garden Green and Pear Pizzazz. The last thing I did was color the branches and trunk of the tree with an Early Espresso marker. Here is a close up of the tree where you can see the different colors a little better.
The sentiments are from the stamp set called Well Said and the matching dies called Well Written. Everything I used on this card will be in the 2019/2020 Annual Catalog. That makes me happy!
Here is an example of a very simple card that a beginner could make easily yet I think it is elegant enough for the advanced stamper too. It only requires a couple of stamp sets (Rooted In Nature and Itty Bitty Greeting) and a few Stampin’ Write Markers or Stampin’ Up!® Blends. In this case I used my Blends to make the background. You would not even have to use as many colors as I did. You could just use a couple.
To make this card I first scribbled some lines with my Blends on Whisper White cardstock. The colors I used are Granny Apple Green, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight and Mango Melody. I overlapped each one just a bit. Then I stamped the tree from Rooted In Nature and the sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I adhered that piece of cardstock using Dimensionals onto the Whisper White card base. The whole card took about five minutes to make in full.
As a reminder, there are only a couple more weeks to order from the 2018 Holiday Catalog. Some of the items will be carried over but most of them will retire. If you would like to know what is being carried over you can click HERE. The rest of the merchandise will not be available after December 31st. Make sure you get everything you want prior to that!
Have you tried the new Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper yet? It is in the Stampin’ Up!® 2018/2019 Annual Catalog. It is absolutely beautiful and makes a great background for a card. One side of the paper is Whisper White and one side is Very Vanilla. I used one of the pieces from it on this card.
To make this card I first attached the piece of Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper on a piece of Sahara Sand cardstock. I used Multipurpose Glue to do this. Then I stamped the tree and leaves from the stamp set called Rooted In Nature and cut them out using the matching Framelits called Nature’s Roots. You can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle. Then I stamped the sentiment in Gorgeous Grape ink and cut it out using an oval from the Stitched Shapes dies. The last thing I did was color three droplets from the Frosted & Clear Epoxy Droplets that are in the Holiday Catalog using my Dark Shaded Spruce Stampin’ Blends.
I needed a quick “thinking of you” card to send to a friend who was having a bad day. I didn’t have a lot of time because I was just about running out the door when I found out about her day. I had just enough time to make this quick and easy card.
I used the stamp set called Rooted in Nature. It is a wonderful set that is in the Stampin’ Up!® 2018/2019 Annual Catalog. It has matching dies called Nature’s Roots although I did not use them for this card.
First I stamped the background using the leaves from the stamp set in Blueberry Bliss and Calypso Coral. Then I stamped the sentiment and cut it out using the Layered Ovals Framelits and another larger piece in Blueberry Bliss cardstock. I put a strip of Blueberry Bliss cardstock that I had leftover from making another card previously behind that sentiment. The whole card took five minutes at the most.
When is the last time you made someone’s day by sending them a homemade card? You don’t need a reason to send one. You can just let them know you are thinking of them. As you can see, it doesn’t take a lot of time either.
This year I made a vow to myself that I would use my Designer Series Paper more. The packs of it usually retire at the end of the Stampin’ Up! year and I always have so much left. It is totally psychological! It is so hard to cut into that first piece. I think to myself should I cut it in 6″ x6″ squares? Maybe I should do 4″ by 6″ rectangles. Wait, what if I need a 5.5″ x 4″ landscape piece for a card? What if I decide to use it for a Club or workshop and I don’t have enough because I already used it on a card? I usually end up putting it back because I just can’t decide. I know. First world problems!
In any case I am using my Designer Series Paper this year. I am going to use it all up! Ok, that is probably a lie but I am going to try to use it all up.
In this case I cut a 4″ x 5.25″ piece from Nature’s Poem Designer Series Paper. Then I cut that in half and used both halves on this card. I stamped the sentiment from Rooted In Nature in black and backed it with a piece of Cajun Craze cardstock. I cut the Mint Macaron leaves out using the Nature’s Roots Framelits Dies and then embossed them with one of the embossing dies. I love that Stampin’ Up! has embossing dies in so many of their sets.
Can you see how DSP adds so much dimension to a card? Use your Designer Series Paper! That is what it is for!
Sorry For Everything is a stamp set that everyone needs to own. The set is all sentiments without any images. It covers sympathy for people and pets, belated birthday, get well and many other reasons someone might say sorry. I am not sure I like the name of the set but the set itself is great. When someone says “sorry for everything” it usually means a lot of bad things happened and no one likes to go there.
The colors I used for this card are Tranquil Tide and Mint Macaron. The leaf is from Rooted In Nature (another must have set) which has matching dies called Nature’s Roots. You can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle. I said this before but this Bundle is so amazing it puts Lovely As A Tree to shame.
The Designer Series Paper is also part of the Nature’s Poem Suite and is called Nature’s Poem (well that makes sense!).
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Rooted in Nature is one of why favorite stamp sets in the catalog. It is also a favorite with my customers. It has SIXTEEN stamps in this seta ll of which are gorgeous and to top it all off, it has a set of matching dies called Nature’s Root Framelits (you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle). These dies are different than your normal set of dies. Yes, they cut out some of the stamped images but they also have some dies that emboss! Stampin’ Up! has really been upping their game with these new dies in the catalog.
This card is very simple to make. I stamped the leaves in Blackberry Bliss in and then cut them out using the matching die. I placed the on Whisper White cardstock and stamped the sentiment in the corner also using Blackberry Bliss ink. I let like it needed something so I added some Faceted Dots in Mint Macaron and put a piece of Mint Macaron cardstock behind the Whisper White. It didn’t take long at all!
Here is a fun wreath that I made with the stamp set called Rooted In Nature and my Stamparatus. The Stamparatus allows you to make a wreath quickly and easily because it lets you get exact placement of your stamps. You just need to make a stencil to use in the Stamparatus. I made this quick picture to show you how it is done (please note it is not to scale and certainly not perfect).
The colors I used for this card are Mossy Meadow, Merry Merlot (a gorgeous deep red color) and Whisper White. The sentiment is from the stamp set called Itty Bitty Greetings. It is a stamp set that everyone must own because it has a sentiment for every occasion.
This is a fun technique I got from Jennifer McGuire. Everyone in the stamping world knows who Jennifer McGuire is. She is extremely talented and makes everything look very easy. She does these easy to follow videos so you can see how to do something step by step. She calls this technique Step Back Stamping. This is where the stamped images are set back from their coordinating die cuts.
To make this card I first stamped the tree from Rooted In Nature onto Whisper White A2 (5.5″ x 8.5″) cardstock folded in half with Tranquil Tide ink . I used my Stamparatus to do this because you need to stamp it twice in the same place. Without moving the stamp I took a piece of Soft Sea Foam the same size as my whisper white card (5.5″ x 4.25″) stamped it again with my Stamparatus. Then I cut the piece of Soft Sea Foam cardstock to 1.75″ high so it is now 1.75″ x 5.5″. You end up cutting part of the tree off which is what you want to do. After this you take the matching die from Nature’s Roots Framelits and cut out the tree from the Soft Sea Foam cardstock. Then you use Dimensionals to adhere the Sea Foam pieces over the Whisper White cardstock.