Good morning! I have a special post for you today. Ellen Hutson is having a sale on their fabulous collaborative stamp sets from the United We Flourish line. This brand line is all about encouraging collaboration and partnership within the industry, and it’s 30% off through this Saturday, September 2nd! They’ve teamed up with some of the most amazing companies within the industry to bring you many different stamp sets, including the Poppy Fields stamp set from Altenew! This stamp set features a lovely layered poppy, as well as just the outline, so that you can either stamp and get that marvelous layered effect, or you can stamp the outline and put your coloring skills to work. 😉 I’ve used this stamp set before in a video, which you can watch here, but in celebration of the sale, I’ve created this project:
I began by doing some “black magic” stamping, but I had a twist on my technique today. I love using colored card stock in general, and I wanted to have pale, pale pink with bright pops of blue. I saw an art print with these gorgeous blue poppies at a store somewhere and thought that I needed to translate that into a card. Well, with a little Pale Rose Bazzill card stock, some white pigment ink, and some bright blue inks, I was able to keep that gorgeous bright blue from fading into the pink and becoming muted. I started by die cutting a few of the Poppy Fields blooms from the Pale Rose card stock, then stamping them using my MISTI, first with white pigment ink, then with Altenew’s Sapphire and Persian Blue inks after the white pigment ink had had time to dry. That layer of white helps to keep that super bright blue from sinking down into the colored card stock and becoming muted. I use the same logic when coloring with colored pencils on colored card stock. The barrier of white helps to keep the actual colors nice and vibrant.
For the greeting, I trimmed a rectangle of heavyweight vellum and heat embossed a greeting from Ellen Hutson’s Lovely stamp set using silver embossing powder. I arranged the florals in the corners of the rectangle, allowing some to overlap the vellum and some to peek out from behind the vellum, then added dimensional adhesive behind the die cuts so as to “hide” the adhesive and keep it from marring the vellum. I adhered all of this on a Pale Rose A2 panel that had been die cut using the Stitches die. I love the subtle, gorgeous texture that this cover plate adds to a card front.
I finally added a few sparkling jewels from Pretty Pink Posh to add a touch of shimmer.
Well, that’s all for me today! I hope you will go check out the United We Flourish sale over at Ellen Hutson. Not only is Ellen Hutson a fantastic company to their customers, they also are fantastic to fellow members of their industry, people who might normally be considered “competition.” Collaboration sparks friendship, in my opinion. Thank you so much for dropping by today! Have a marvelous Thursday!