Stampin' Up! Art in Bloom Dies & Inspired Thoughts Special Day Card

Stampin' Up! nailed it with the 2021-2023 In Colors, particularly the two green tones -- Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen. These colors are on trend right now, especially with interior design. In fact, before Stampin' Up! announced the new colors, I had plans to repaint the downstairs interior walls in my house in green tones almost identical to these colors. A little tidbit about me: I grew up in a green house and when my husband and I built our house several years ago, I made sure the exterior color would be green! I was ahead of the trendy curve!


Now, onto the details for this card. The primary focal points on this card are the the flowers from the Stampin' Up! Bloom Dies (part of the Art in Bloom bundle), and the coordinating Bloom Hybrid Embossing Folder. The Beauty of Earth Designer Series Paper overlayed with vellum provides a lovely backdrop to the gorgeous embossed and die cut flowers. The sentiment is from the Stampin' Up! Inspired Thoughts stamp set. I threw in a random twist for the die cut sentiment, by using a die from the Stampin' Up! Potted Succulents dies.


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Card Tutorial

Ingredients

  • Stamp Set: Inspired Thoughts

  • Dies: Bloom Dies, Potted Succulents Dies

  • Ink Pad Colors: Soft Succulent, Evening Evergreen, VersaMark WaterMark Stamp Pad (embossing ink)

  • Cardstock: Basic White, Thick Basic White, Soft Succulent, Evening Evergreen, Vellum

  • Patterned Paper (Designer Series Paper [DSP]): Beauty of Earth DSP

  • Embossing Folder: Bloom Hybrid

  • Coloring Tools: Blending Brushes

  • Embellishments: Genial Gems

  • Embossing Powder: Basics Embossing Powder (white)

  • Adhesives: Stampin' Seal, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin' Dimensionals, EK Success® 2-Way Squeeze and Roll Glue Pen*

Tools

  • Basic Supply Kit: paper trimmer, paper snips/scissors, bone folder, acrylic stamping blocks

  • Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine

  • Heat Tool

  • Anti-Static Powder Pouch or Tool (such as EK Success Powder Tool* or Ranger Ink Anti-Static Pouch*)

  • Take Your Pick (the putty end makes picking up and adhering gems/sequins super easy!)

  • Low tack tape for holding dies in place when running them through the die cutting machine, such as washi tape or, my absolute favorite, *Spellbinders - Best Ever Craft Tape (yes, that is what it is named)

* NOTE: the non-Stampin' Up! products mentioned are my personal preference and are not endorsed by Stampin' Up!. I do not receive commissions or affiliate payments for mentioning these products


Techniques

  • Ink Blending

  • Heat Embossing

  • Dry Embossing with Hybrid Embossing Folders

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Cardstock Measurements (Imperial)

  • Card Base: Thick Basic White measuring 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" scored at 4 1/4"

  • Layer #1: DSP measuring 5 1/4" x 4"

  • Layer #2: Vellum measuring 5 1/4" x 4"

  • Layer #3 - Inside: Soft Succulent measuring 5 1/4" x 4"

  • Layer #4 - Inside: Basic White measuring 5" x 3 3/4"

  • Layer #5 - Inside Strip: DSP measuring 3 3/4" x 3/4"

  • Stamping & Die Cutting:

  • Basic White measuring approximately 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" (will be trimmed down)

  • Evening Evergreen measuring 3" x 1 1/4"

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Prepare Your Cardstock: cut/trim/score/burnish all cardstock as described above

  2. Blend Soft Succulent ink on Basic White cardstock, as mentioned above, measuring approximately 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"

  3. Trim the ink blended cardstock down to 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" to fit the embossing folder (save the excess for die cutting tiny flowers)

  4. Run the ink blended cardstock through the die cutting machine with the Bloom Hybrid embossing folder and the coordinating die from the Bloom Dies set (this will both emboss and die cut the three large flowers)

  5. Add a small amount of Evening Evergreen ink to the centers of the large flowers with a blending brush

  6. Die cut nine (9) tiny flowers from the excess ink blended cardstock

  7. Apply anti-static powder, if you have it, to the Evening Evergreen cardstock (3" x 1 1/4")

  8. Stamp the sentiment with VersaMark WaterMark Stamp Pad on the Evening Evergreen cardstock from the previous step

  9. Cover the stamped sentiment with White embossing powder, then tap off excess powder

  10. Heat set the embossing powder with the heat tool

  11. Adhere Layer #2 (Vellum) to Layer #1 (DSP) with Stampin' Seal

  12. Adhere the combine layers to the front of the card base

  13. Adhere two large flowers to the top of the Vellum layer with liquid glue or Stampin' Seal

  14. Adhere the third large flower on top of two large flowers from the previous step with Stampin' Dimensionals

  15. Trim the die cut sentiment on the right edge and adhere to the Vellum layer with liquid glue or Stampin' Seal

  16. Adhere the nine (9) small flowers to the Vellum layer in clusters, as desired, with the adhesive of your choice (NOTE: I used the EK Success® 2-Way Squeeze and Roll Glue Pen because the flowers are very tiny and the ball-point tip makes it easy to apply glue)

  17. Adorn the card with green Genial Gems

  18. Adhere Layer #4 Basic White cardstock to Layer #3 Soft Succulent cardstock with the adhesive of your choice

  19. Adhere Layer #5 DSP strip to the top of the combined layers from the previous step with the adhesive of your choice

  20. Adhere the combined layers to the inside of the card base with the adhesive of your choice

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