Happy New Year, friends! For the past couple of weeks I’ve been settling into my new apartment, and while I don’t have my full suite of crafting products with me right now (my shipment will be here in about 2-3 weeks) I did recently manage to find a bit of time for creating with what I do have. At the beginning of December when I found out that I’d be moving back to the US, I treated myself to a few things I’d been eyeing from The Stamp Market. That box has been here waiting ever since my arrival, and today’s card is one of a few that I made with those new goodies!
When I think of layered floral stamping, Altenew is the first company that comes to mind – they have tons of beautiful sets! That said, I had some gift cards for The Stamp Market and very quickly fell in love with the Peony Dreams Bouquet Bundle. It includes a large stamp set, coordinating dies and layering stencils, all of which can be used together to create a stunning peony bouquet along with some smaller flowers.
I’m a total newbie when it comes to layered floral stamping, but the step by step guide that came with the bundle made this super easy. I like to do all my die cutting first, especially when creating multiple cards which is what I was doing in this crafting session. (You can save SO much time this way by not having to line up dies with your stamped images every time you need to put them through your die cutting machine.) When stamping, I made sure to let the ink dry in between so that the images and colors remain crisp. My TSM inks are still en route from Canada, so I went with the following instead:
Pinks: Pinkfresh Studio Ballet Slipper and Raspberry Bliss; Catherine Pooler Pink Champagne
Blues: Catherine Pooler Daydream (1st generation stamping for the detail areas, and 2nd generation stamping for the petals for a lighter look)
Greens: Catherine Pooler Spruce and Sage
Yellows: Catherine Pooler Tiara and Sauna
Rather than using the large bouquet die in the bundle, I used the stencil on a plain white panel which I trimmed down to 3.5 x 4.75″. Underneath, I layered another white panel that I created with the Leaflet Cover Die for a bit of texture and subtle visual interest. The stenciled panel was popped forward with foam tape, and from there, I added my floral die cut arrangement on top.
For the sentiment, I used the For You layering die – a 2-piece set that I LOVE the scripty look of. For dimension, I cut the white layer 3 times from white cardstock and stacked them on top of each other, securing them with liquid glue. The thin script was die cut from Concord & 9th Oceanside cardstock, which was a close match for the Catherine Pooler Daydream ink used on the small flowers.
It’s very, very unlike me not to put any sparkly embellishments on my cards, but after much deliberation, I decided that this one didn’t really need anything else! I love how much visual depth the layered stamping provides, and can’t wait to use this set on many more cards in the future. In the meantime, tell me: do you use a lot of layering stamp sets? Do you have any favorites?