It's the first Monday of the month and that means it's time for the Stamp Review Crew. We are a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators focused on sharing a ton of ideas focusing on a single stamp set. This week it's a Holiday set called Endless Wishes. You have likely come from Nancy Smith's blog on your way through this amazing hop. If you get lost, simply click on the banner for a list of participants and get back on track.
This stamp set is accurately named. I could have come up with endless cards from these Endless Wishes - but I stopped at three! You can see yet another creation made from this set HERE! Some sets just inspire me with so many options. So for this hop I decided to create one card that you'd probably make for a close friend - AKA more work! The other two are quick cards that could be created in abundance for everyone on your mailing list. I'm kind of a purist when it comes to challenges and hops. I try to stay with only the stamp set, or only the color palette, or only the sketch. This is no exception. Only one stamp set was used for all three cards, but I think you'll agree they are three totally different looks.
- For the first card, I discovered that if I cut out two of the hive die cuts - one in each color - the hexagons that are cut out fit neatly where no hexagons exist. So I took the pieces of Old Olive card stock and matched them to the spots on the Foil Sheet hive.
- Always remember to use your Stampin' Buddy when you use embossing powder. I forgot and paid the price with some stray embossed powder - not pretty.
- I thought the three rhinestomes were the perfect finishing touch to a splashy foil card!
- The second card was one of my typical ”make your own DSP“ cards. I picked out Real Red, Pear Pizzazz, and Mossy Meadow Classic Ink and card stock. I carried the three colors through the DSP, greeting, and mat.
- When you're creating your own DSP, start with the largest image first and stamp 3 images. Then go to the middle image and do the same. Then fill in with the smallest image. ALWAYS stamp off the paper to give a continuous look.
- My third card is a monochromatic creation which I think turned out looking pretty elegant for as simple as it is. The snowflakes are stamped using the Encore Silver Metallic ink on three 1 1/2 x 1 1/2” squares. After matting them on Brushed Silver card stock I positioned the cluster slight closer to the top of the card and stamped the sentiment above and below.
- THEN I attached the trio of flakes using Dimensionals to pop them up! Simple!
Next stop on the Hop is Yapha Mason where she'll wow you with her beautiful design skills.