Painted Harvest

Hi, This is Lori.  This will be my very first blog, so please excuse me if it’s not really the way it should be.  🙂  I’m totally new at all this computer stuff, so it might take me awhile to catch on.
I have a nurse at work who recently had a daughter who was involved in a very serious car accident, now having been in a coma for two weeks.  I wanted to do something that really put some feeling into it so that I could let her know how much my heart aches for her.  I decided to play a little bit with my new Stampin’ Up Painted Harvest stamp set, so here goes.
I started by cutting out the cardstock I was going to need.  I wanted to use whisper white as my card base to make it stand out a little.  I then decided to pull some of the colors from the flowers I was using to add that little extra pop of color (and all my measurements and colors will be listed below).  Once I was all set with my cardstock measured and cut, I started stamping.
Using the largest flower from the Painted Harvest set, I inked up my stamp with crushed curry.  I had an extra sheet of just plain white paper next to me so I could stamp off the “brightness” of the color before stamping the image I wanted.  I went around my whisper white sheet and stamped four random images of the flower (not worrying about if it stamped off the cardstock).  I then took the next size flower and did the same thing, this time using soft suede.  I stamped off the initial ink and then carefully on top of my first flower, I randomly stamped all the four flowers I had placed.  To finish the flower out, I stamped my middle circle in each center of flower with old olive, stamping off the ink once again, and then added the little dots to the center to have more of a “sunflower” look, once again using soft suede.  To finalize the stamped images, I took the large solid leaf stamp and stamped off the initial ink and placed leaves along each flower where I wanted to fill in “white” space.  I again used old olive to pull the green from the center of each flower.
I was trying to get a “chicken wire” feel to the background, so I used my hexagon embossing folder to create this.  I used a sponge rubbed in soft suede and very gently sponged the top “raised” part of my embossing folder.  I then inserted my stamped cardstock and ran it through my big shot machine for the effect I was trying to achieve.  Once that was complete, I went ahead and put together all my pieces to create the card base and layers I was looking for.
To finalize the card, I wanted to put my sentiment on the front of the card, thus leaving me the inside to write my thoughts.  I therefore used a small rectangle of the crushed curry with whisper white on top for my sentiment.  To tie it all together, I took my sponge once again and brushed the edges of the whisper white to give it a little bit of an “old” feeling, along with very gently brushing the top to tie in the whisper white to the rest of the card.  It didn’t turn out exactly how I imagined, but I’m happy with the end product so I thought I would use this for my first blog.
Please remember, there are no mistakes when stamping.  Everything you create is your masterpiece.

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Measurements:

Whisper White Base:  8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ folded in half
Soft Suede:  5-1/4″ x 4″
Crushed Curry:  5-1/8″ x 3-7/8″ & 2-3/4″ x 1-3/4″
Whisper White:  5″ x 3-3/4″ & 2-3/4″ x 1-3/4″

Stampin’ Up Supplies:

Painted Harvest Photopolymer Stamp Set
Crushed Curry Classic Stamp Pad, Soft Suede Classic Stamp Pad, and Old Olive Classic Stamp Pad
Whisper White 8-1/2″ x 11″, Crushed Curry 8-1/2″ x 11″, and Soft Suede 8-1/2″ x 11″ cardstock
Stamping sponges
Big Shot with platform
Hexagon Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder
Snail Adhesive

Have fun, and Happy Stamping Crafters!!!!

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