Welcome to Stampin’ Addicts‘ latest blog hop, featuring the brand-new Holiday Mini Catalog from Stampin’ Up! I’m the last stop, but if you didn’t start at the beginning, follow the link at the bottom of my post and start over. Or you may have come from Yapha Mason’s blog and enjoyed her projects using the Holiday Mini Digital Download products. (Doesn’t that open up a whole new world for you? Did you know you can use the images from My Digital Studio in other digital paper crafting programs?)
As I did for the last hop, I’ve challenged myself by using only one stamp, this time Leaves of a Tree — the very last item in the mini. I wonder why I didn’t notice that there are no samples in the mini using this stamp! Gulp. Luckily, I knew immediately what I wanted to do! This time I focused on technique rather than fancy folds or 3-D items. How many ways could I interpret this image in a card?
To keep your stop short and sweet, I am omitting recipes for the projects — check back next week for the complete stories! Click to enlarge the photos, please.
This Neutral Tree is on Crumb Cake base, but it doesn’t look like it to me. I embossed the tree using the fabulous new Pewter Stampin’ Emboss Powder (also new in this mini, on page 31) and colored the open leaves in shades of green. In spite of the ribbon, I think this is a good masculine card.
We’ve been doing a bit of sponging in stamp camp lately, so I knew I would use that on a Leafy Trio card with the emboss resist technique. I took it a step further and ironed my completed stamped images between sheets of blank copy paper to melt out the embossing powder. There’s no texture or gloss left when you do that, just an interesting finish to the paper. It’s simple to do; just use a hot, dry iron.
I had an idea of using this tree as an overall background image, creating a toile effect. I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to align the images and, surprisingly, the finished half-sheet was a little too precise. I’m used to forcing myself to stamp randomly, and this was too perfect! So instead of using it for a panel, I turned it into a tag, topped by a textured monogram. I love black and green together; now I just need to think who will get this Leafy Monogram card!
I tried to resist using fall colors on every one of my cards here, but I lost the battle! This Sympathy Tree is one of our camp projects for September, with a Thinking of You theme. (Totally coincidentally, Stampin’ Up! CEO Shelli Gardner is calling for cards in the same theme for her current Creative Challenge contest!) The background is the very cool Netting stamp. This tree was also embossed with Pewter EP. I just went ahead and pre-ordered three jars of it to be prepared for the season ahead!
I enjoyed having you with me — I hope you were inspired! You can start over from the beginning at The Stampin’ Bunny and see Rhonda’s projects using the hostess set Warmest Wishes. Love that this set is designed for a variety of Stampin’ Up! punches!