The Floral Phrases stamp set and Detailed Floral Thinlits by Stampin’ Up! can make an easy-to-do card a beautiful one. This bundle of classic stamps with an intricate floral-pattern die take center stage for this week’s Pals Paper Arts Challenge #PPA307, a color challenge by Brian King.
This seasonal color palette of Real Red, Pool Party and Night of Navy is screaming Fourth of July, but I decided to take the colors on a non-traditional route. I used both the ink and cardstock of each color to make today’s card—which is something I don’t often do—but the stars of this card are all the fantastic tools I used to make it.
It is often said that you can do anything with the right tools. For today’s card, I used several tools from Stampin’ Up! that made this detailed-looking card super simple to make.
Of course, you’ll need a Big Shot to cut the Detailed Floral Thinlits, but a couple of extra tools take the task out cutting intricate dies like this one. The Precision Base Plate, for starters, creates the best surface for cutting these fine lines without damaging your cardstock or machine. Many of the new dies in the 2016 Annual Catalog highlight the Precision Base Plate as a necessary tool to cut them; this is one of those dies.
Another handy tool, the Big Shot Die Brush, helps you remove all the pieces from the die in a snap. Just brush the back of the die after you cut it and all the pieces come out of the die like magic.
Sponge daubers are a great way to add soft gradations of color to any project. I used one here with some Pool Party Ink to add a little depth behind the top layer of the card.
Gluing this fine-cut pattern can also be tricky, but the Fine-tip Glue Pen takes the task out that. With it’s needle-point tip, it is simple to precisely apply glue on the back of your die-cut image.
Finally, the Stamp-a-Ma-Jig made an appearance to make today’s card as well. I masked out the “thanks” in the sentiment with some washi tape before inking the stamp with Night of Navy ink, then masked out the reverse to ink up the “thanks” in Real Red ink. Pretty simple, but the Stamp-a-Ma-Jig makes it possible to line up that sentiment perfectly.
Here’s a closer look at the supplies used: