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Today I'm making a simple card using stamps, ink, and paper (mostly). It's a beautiful card that looks like it is watercolored and it uses simple, two-step stamping. The stamp set we are using is called Abstract Impressions and it is absolutely stunning! I love this technique - it's called the Eclipse technique. I've linked to all of the products I've used in today's card at the bottom of this post. If you click on them, they take you directly to my Stampin Up store, where you can order any products you need.
Let's get started! Here's the card we are making today:
The color combo for today's card is Pear Pizzazz, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, and Highland Heather. In the YouTube video (below) I only used Highland Heather for the sentiment, and did not use it for the flowers.
Gather your supplies:
- Thick Whisper White cardstock for the card base - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
- Whisper White layer (5 3/8" x 4 1/8") and square (cut out using layering squares dies)
- Pacific Point cardstock for mat behind square and butterfly
- Pear Pizzazz ink
- Pacific Point ink
- Daffodil Delight ink
- Highland Heather ink
- Layering Squares dies
- Butterfly Duet punch
- Rhinestone Basic Jewels
We are stamping on the 5 3/8" x 4 1/8" layer of Whisper White cardstock. Before we start stamping, cut the square of Whisper White cardstock and the mat from Pacific Point cardstock using the Layering Square's dies. If you don't have the dies, you can cut the square and mat using your paper trimmer. Cut the Pacific Point square an eighth inch bigger than the white square (1/8"). You can use any dies you already have for this layered, piece, as well. It does not have to be square - it could be circle, or a label (like the Stitched Nested Labels that coordinate with the Free as a Bird stamp set) or it could be a punched label.
Adhere the square of Whisper White cardstock on top of the Whisper White layer using temporary adhesive. You could also use a little bit of masking tape or even a tiny bit of regular snail adhesive. Use just enough so it will stay put while you are stamping, but not so secure that you can't pull it off of the layer when you are done stamping. We are going to adhere it to the Pacific Point square mat after we stamp.
To do your stamping, I recommend placing the Stampin Pierce Mat, or another "flexible" surface under your paper. The Abstract Impressions stamps are photopolymer stamps, which means they don't have a layer of foam built in, like the red rubber, or cling mount, stamps. I find that you can get a better impression when you put a foam layer, like the stampin pierce mat, under your stamping surface, to act as that foam layer.
Start with the "grass" stamp in the stamp set. There are two - one has a few more "blades" on it than the other one. I like to start with the one with more blades of grass. Using Pear Pizzazz ink, ink up your stamp, then first "stamp off" a layer of ink by stamping on scrap paper, then stamp on your cardstock layer, along the bottom. Put as many of those images along the bottom of your paper and up the right side (if you want). Continue stamping off before stamping on your project, so that the ink for this layer is a little lighter.
Next, take the other grass stamp and stamp it on top of the other grass images that you just stamped, using Pear Pizzazz ink. You'll see how they line up with the other images when you hold them over the image. That's the great thing about photopolymer stamps - you can see through them to know exactly where to place your images. Stamp these in Pear Pizzazz ink without stamping off - full strength. You'll get a darker image on top of the lighter image. And don't worry about trying to line them up exactly - they are going to look beautiful no matter what. That's the wonderful thing about this stamp set.
After your grass is finished, stamp your flower images, using the stamp that looks like a bunch of random circles. I like to start with the lighter ink first and then go to the darker ink. Stamp the "circle flowers" over the leaves in Daffodil Delight ink, stamping off a layer of ink on your scrap paper before stamping on your project. You want your images to overlap the square piece of Whisper White cardstock that you adhered to the layer. Just be sure to leave a bit of room at the top for your sentiment.
When you have all of the Daffodil Delight flowers you want on your project, use the stamp with shading for the circle flowers to stamp Daffodil Delight, full strength, on top of your flowers. Again, don't worry about lining them up perfectly, it will look like they are watercolored and will be stunning no matter what.
Repeat this process with the Pacific Point ink.
Stamp your sentiment in Highland Heather ink at the top of the square of Whisper White cardstock.
When your stamping is finished, pull your square of Whisper White cardstock off of your project and adhere it to the piece of Pacific Point cardstock that you die cut. Then adhere the matted piece back onto your Whisper White layer, matching up the images so it is placed back where it was when you stamped. I suggest adhering this piece with dimensionals so it pops off the page.
Adhere the Whisper White layer to your card base.
Punch a small butterfly from Pacific Point cardstock using the Butterfly Duet punch. Adhere the butterfly to the square of Whisper White cardstock using glue dots or a mini-dimensional. Add rhinestones to the butterfly as the body. I recommend using the Take Your Pick tool because it makes it so easy to pick up those small rhinestones and place them exactly where you want them on your project.
Another way to do this technique is to do all your stamping on your layer, without adding the popped out layer on top. After your stamping is done, you can cut out the layer you are going to pop up - it could be letters that spell a word, or a square, or circle or some other shaped layer. Mat that layer on another, colored, piece of cardstock, or just pop it up with dimensionals without matting it. Anyway you do it, this technique is amazing!
Here's the YouTube video showing you the process for making this card:
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All supplies used were in the current catalog when the video and post were made.