Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Stamped Off Flowers Birthday - Stampin' Up! Avant Garden

 After today's card I think I am all caught up with sharing class projects.  Even though you can no longer get Avant Garden through Stampin' Up! if you've missed out on this great Sale-a-Bration set you can probably find it somewhere.  But this technique would work well with other solid image flower stamps.

  We stamped the flower panel with Island Indigo and alternated around the side with full strength ink and stamped off ink (just ink up your stamp, then stamp it onto scrap paper before stamping on your cardstock) to give a nice little layered look with some depth.  When I was explaining this project to my stampers I told them that this is a technique that has been around forever but we might forget about it because there are so many new tools and fancy dies that are available these days.  Stamping off is also a great way for new stampers to make their inks work a bit more because you can get a light and a dark version of the same don't always have to have every single color right away.  

  After stamping the flowers the leaves are stamped in Mint Macaron (retiring In Color) and repeated the stamping off.  Next the centers of the flowers are stamped in Smoky Slate.

  The sentiment is also stamped in Smoky Slate and a sprinkling of adhesive rhinestones brings attention to that corner.  Some Vanilla and silver ribbon was wrapped around the flower panel.

  The other items that is a subtle details but brings a lot to the card is the embossing with the Elegant Dots embossing folder (retiring).  Several of my stampers fell in love with this one and had to order it.  And I'm so glad they did as it's now on the retiring list.  I just checked and it seems that it's still available so if you have this on your wish list don't wait!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Avant Garden

Ink: Island Indigo, Mint Macaron (retiring), Smoky Slate

Paper: Very Vanilla, Island Indigo

Accessories: Elegant Dots e.f. (retiring), rhinestones, Vanilla silver stripped ribbon, dimensionals

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