Pretty in Purples
If someone asks me what my favorite color is, I always say green. I LOVE greens of all kinds, but most especially greens like Evening Evergreen, Soft Succulent, Just Jade (so sad it's a retiring color!), Granny Apple Green, Shaded Spruce, Garden Green...ok, well, ALL of the Stampin' Up!® Greens, I guess. ;) But what you might be surprised to know is that when it came to choosing a color for our wedding, I let Terry choose because I didn't really care all that much. He chose purple, and I was fine with it. It was beautiful, of course, and I was extremely happy with his choice.
Stampin' Up! does have some pretty gorgeous purples...Blackberry Bliss, Rich Razzleberry, Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather, Fresh Freesia...all stunning colors. Given my love for greens and these beautiful purples, I chose this color combination for my next card for What's Up! Stampers the past Wednesday afternoon.
When I consider the Last Chance list (attached here) and all the items from it already gone, one stamp set did jump out at me to use on Wednesday was Timeless Tulips, along with the coordinating Tulip Builder Punch. They've been around for awhile, so I guess it's time for them to go. However, I do love the ease of this punch and the elegance of the stamp set. It creates such beautiful shading.
In addition, I decided to add a simple background using the Watercolor Shapes stamp set. To create the background, I simply used the large rectangle and Fresh Freesia ink. I stamped off on a piece of scratch paper before stamping it again on my background, without reinking. The top and bottom rectangles go off the edge of the page. I eyeballed the placement, of these rectangles, but using the Stamparatus would work great, if you're not confident in your eyeballing abilities.
For the tulip itself, I first stamped the stem and leaves in Shaded Spruce ink. I inked the tulip bulb in Fresh Freesia ink, then used a sponge dauber to add a little Gorgeous Grape right onto the stamp before stamping it onto a scrap of Basic White cardstock. After punching the bulb out using the Tulip Builder punch, I put regular adhesive on it at the base of the bulb and a Stampin' Dimensionals at the top. I love the dimension that gives.
This card is created with just four pieces of cardstock, and its simple beauty is just precious.
Fresh Freesia cardstock:
-4 1/4" x 11"
Gorgeous Grape cardstock:
-3 1/2" x 5 1/4"
Basic White cardstock:
-scrap for the tulip bulb
-3 3/8" x 5 1/8"
For a full list of supplies and links to my online store, see below. To watch as I make this card, head to my What's Up! Stampers? video from Wednesday, April 13!
Stamping Blessings to you all!