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How I Choose a Stamp Set like “All That You Are”

When a new Stampin’ Up! Catalogue starts, I usually have a stamp set that I’m drawn to right away. This new stamp set from the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalogue, called All That You Are is the one I first picked out.   What I usually look for in a stamp set (and this is totally personal) is:

  • images I can use in multiple ways
  • images that have matching dies
  • images that have sayings (so that the font style matches the style of the stamp)
  • several images in the set that I can use to do completely different looking  cards
  • and lately, images that I can colour

Here’s the stamp set:

And you can see the stamp set All That you Are met all of my criteria for choosing a stamp set.

  • It has an image that I can use as it and just stamp in one colour like in this post or colour it in like in today’s post.
  • It has matching dies.  The images coordinate and several of the images can be cut out with the Frosted Bouquet Framelits that were in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalogue, but are still available. See them here.
  • There are matching sayings, including two of my favourite, a thank you and a birthday.
  • There are several images in the set that will allow me to have different looking cards from the big image to the smaller ones and the greenery,.
  • And finally, I choose this stamp set as my first pick as it allows me to colour.  And with such a large flower, you can really dig in and do some shading with the Blends markers like I did on this card. I’ve noted the colours I used below.  And I did a similar shading technique to the card I made in this video here.

One of my favourite things to do on this card was colour it!  I first cut out the rectangle using the new Rectangle Stitched Framelits Dies (love these!) and then stamped the image with Memento Black ink.  I used a variety of Blends markers to create the shaded images (see all the markers at the end of this post).  Please note that the Mossy Meadow Blends markers are NEW in the Occasions catalogue!   I tried to match the colours to the colours on the Designer Paper as the colours are so pretty together. The designer paper is the new Floral Romance Specialty Designer Series Paper from the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalogue.   There are 12 sheets in total and they include 6 paper and 6 vellum sheets.  I’ve used a vellum sheet on this card!

 


Here’s some HOT TIPS when you are using vellum.

 

  1. First of all put some white cardstock in behind so that printed coloured paper really shows up well.
  2. Also when you attach vellum you want to make sure to hide your adhesive, either behind a part that will have something mounted on top or behind a darker part of the patterned paper.
  3. Because vellum is a fancier piece of cardstock and I was using a large piece, I made sure to maximum it by first cutting out an interior rectangle piece out of the middle (it doesn’t show on the finished card) that I will save for another card later.

The ribbon this card is the new Petal Pink/White Variegated Ribbon and it might be my FAVOURITE ribbon in the catalogue. Although it is wide, it so soft and ties a bow like a dream .  I love just the hint of pink on the edges of the ribbon.

If you like seeing some of the new Papers and ribbons, be sure to check out my Shares here (deadline to RSVP is Thursday)!

The final touch that I added to this card is Wink of Stella Glitter Brush.  I added it to all the flower petals.  It doesn’t show up in the photographs here, but it does show up in this video I just put on my Instagram Channel here.  See all products I used below and please let me know if you would like the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalogue.

 

So does having this stamp set as my first pick mean that I don’t have other favourites or didn’t buy any other stamps???  Well of course I do and did!  ; ) One of the perks of being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator is, not only do I get my items at a discount, but I count them as a tax deduction.  So I’ve got all of my other “favourites” to share with you over the next few months.   But I’m sure you’ll see me using my FIRST favourite, All That You Are, a few more times!