Soft Seedlings

Stampin Up Soft Seedlings

I have to say that of all the stamps that are in the June – December Mini Catalog, Soft Seedlings is my favorite.  I love leaf stamps and I really like DisINKtive stamps.  If you don’t know DisINKtive stamps, each stamp creates different opacities in a single stamp, bringing depth to the image.  If you look at the leaves above you can see where the middle section is lighter than the edges.  That was done by the stamp and not because I didn’t ink it enough.  The sad part is this stamp set will be retiring when the mini catalog ends on January 4th so if you like it, you should purchase it before it is gone for good.

To make this card I first stamped the leaves in Blackberry Bliss ink.  Blackberry Bliss is not one of the colors I usually use.  I am not sure why because it is a gorgeous color.  Unfortunately, there is not a coordinating die with this stamp set so I had to fussy cut it out.  It wasn’t hard to do since most of the lines are pretty straight.  Just don’t look too closely.  Next, I used the Dots & Spots background die to cut out a 4″ x 5.5″ piece of Basic White card stock.  I layered everything on top of a Blackberry Bliss card base.  I added some Gold Swirls, which are not available anymore since they sold out.  Sorry, I had made this card before they were gone.

The sentiment is a hot foil die from PinkFresh.  I adhered it to my card using Dimensionals.

There is only one month left to purchase things from the June – July Mini Catalog.  Most of the products in this catalog are retiring so don’t miss out on your favorites.  If you would like to see the retiring list click HERE.

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Soft Seedlings

Stampin Up Soft Seedlings

On Wednesday I told you how it was going to get cold here in Nashville.  Well, unfortunately, the weather people were right.  It is downright chilly here with daytime temperatures in the 40s and night in the 20s!!  Of course, it is not as bad and it could get in Northern New York so I am not really complaining.  The weather finally did put me in a Fall mood, which is a good thing.  Thanksgiving is only a week away and somehow it just wouldn’t be right to have it in the 70s.

I wanted to make a card using Fall colors but I did not have any Designer Series Paper with those colors on hand so I decided I would make my own.   I used the stamp set called Soft Seedlings to make this card.  As a side note, I did mention last summer that the seedlings (also known as helicopters) fell in the spring and not the fall.  Therefore, when they fell they were bright green.  Then they would sit for a few days and would turn light brown.  This is when the 800,000 chipmunks in Northern New York would come out and attack our deck shoving as many of the seeds into their cheeks as they could.  I didn’t mind that they did this.  I just wish they would have cleaned up after themselves and taken the outside of the seed with them.

Anyway, I stamped the Soft Seedlings stamp set in Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry and Daffodil Delight ink randomly on a piece of Basic White card stock.  Then I used the Stitched Rectangle dies to cut the card stock into a smaller size.  I layered that onto a piece of Cherry Cobbler card stock and a piece of Pumpkin Pie card stock that I also cut out using the Stitched Rectangle die.

Lastly, I added a sentiment from the PinkFresh stamp set.

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Embossing With Masks

 

Stampin Up Soft Seedlings

The internet is a fantastic place to find many new stamping ideas.  I was looking around to see if I could find a new technique and I ran across this one.  It is where you use a Mask to emboss a piece of card stock.  There were tons of samples so I can’t give credit to whoever came up with the idea in the first place but it was a brilliant and easy one!

When cut and emboss machines came out a long time ago many of them included an embossing pad.  I know you can still get them online but I am not sure the machines come with them anymore but I had an old one I used with my Cut & Emboss Machine.   The sandwich you need is as follows:  The large cutting platform (plate #1), the shim plate (#2), a cutting plate (#3), the rubber mat, cardstock (I used Basic White), the Mask (I used one from Artistic Mix), and another cutting plate (#2).  Some machines may need an additional shim such as a piece of card stock but mine worked fine without one.  Below is a close-up of how it turned out.

Stampin Up Embossing With Masks

Isn’t that fun?

To make the rest of the card, I used the stamp set called Soft Seedlings using the Stamparatus.  That way you can keep the card stock in place and stamp it multiple times.  I first stamped it using Crushed Curry ink.  Then I cleaned off the stamp and did it again using Pumpkin Pie and then Real Red ink.  Then I cut it out and layered it on the piece I had embossed and then on a piece of Pumpkin Pie card stock.  Next, I stamped the sentiment and layered that onto a piece of Pumpkin Pie card stock.

I thought it was such a fun idea and I love how it came out.  You should try it!

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Soft Seedlings

Stampin Up Soft Seedlings

Emboss Resist is a stamping technique that has been around for a long time but I have not used it in ages.  It is a lot of fun and very easy to do, especially now with our Blending Brushes.  All you need to do this technique is some Versamark, Clear Embossing Powder, a Heat Tool and a way to add some color.

To make this card I first stamped the leaf and seedlings in Versamark on Basic White card stock using the Soft Seedling stamp set that is in the Stampin’ Up!® 2022 July-December Mini Catalog.  Then I sprinkled some Clear Embossing Powder on top, shook off the excess and heat set it with my Heat Tool.  I added some Real Red, Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight ink with Blending Brushes. The ink does not change the color of the leaf because I sealed it with the embossing powder.  It looks like I stamped it in white ink.

After adding the color to the card, I cut it out using the Deckled Rectangles dies.  I cut out another using a larger size die in Basic White card stock and adhered both rectangles to a Pumpkin Pie card base.  Then I stamped the sentiment from the Charming Sentiments stamp set in Memento Black Ink and cut it out using the coordinating die from Sentiment Silhouettes.  You can purchase the Charming Sentiments stamp set and the Sentiment Silhouettes die set in a bundle and save 10%.

 

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