Hi there, and thanks for stopping by for the second installment of Social Stamping. I’m hopping with my stamping friends – so that we can share with you and all stay connected during the global lockdown period.
The theme today is thank you. And it’s a big thank you. One that extends to everyone playing their part in the COVID-19 pandemic. From the front line heroes who are manning the shops, educating our children or saving the sick, to the at home hereos who are continuing essential businesses while in social isolation or raising their family within the boundaries of their home. Staying at home at the moment where possible is just as essential as going out to work. We all have a part to play to move forward from our pandemic state to putting COVID-19 in the history books.
My card was made for a staff member at our local farmer’s market. She had such a lovely disposition, beautiful words during our checkout chat and made such an impact on me during our short interaction. It takes all levels of kindness and compassion during this time and she was a wonderful ambassador for the retail industry. Until now, I’d never considered what a luxury it is to have an endless supply of food with easy access. I am grateful to still be able to access fresh food and to the people who make this possible.
I could make a hundred of these cards and still not reach out to all the people that deserve them. But I figure, if we can each spread some gratitude and say thank you to individuals that have made a difference, the ripple effect of this can be profound.
My card is a simple layout featuring both pretty DSP and simple stamping. The Bird Ballad suite is from the Annual Catalogue. This is current until 1st June 2020, but with supply chain uncertainty it’s possible that some products may sell out before this time and become unorderable. If you have any favourites, I suggest adding them to an order sooner rather than later.
DSP: Bird Ballad
Stamp Set: Free As A Bird
Punch: Decorative Border Ribbon
Ink: StazOn Saddle Brown, Memento Tuxedo Black, Early Espresso Classic
Colouring: Watercolor Pencils, Aqua Painter, Stampin’ Blends, Wink of Stella
Colours: Whisper White, Pool Party
I almost always colour with Blends now, so it was nice to use the Saddle Brown StazOn ink with watercolour pencils for a softer look. The sentiment is stamped in Early Espresso. This is my go-to ink option for cards that coordinate with brown tones – it provides excellent coverage and easy stamping. I love my blacks, but they can be a bit more high maintenance to get a good image on the first stamping.
I decorated the inside of this card with as much care as the outside. I always think that adds a little extra love. I carried through the DSP strip and then added a 2 layer mat (Pool Party & Whisper White) before embellishing with fussy cut flowers, another sentiment and some pearls.
The sentiments from this set couldn’t be more perfect for my thank you card! And the font is so pretty!! These flowers are coloured with Blends (stamped with Memento ink).
It can seem a little difficult to remember which ink goes with which colouring method, but once you understand that they need to be opposites, it’s much easier. Stampin’ Blends are alcohol, so they need the water based Memento ink. StazOn is alcohol based, so it’s suitable for water colouring (such as the Aqua Painter over Watercolour Pencils).
One last thank you left – and that’s to all the designers who joined me for this hop and all the crafters who visited.
Thanks for hopping with us,