Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Simple & Pretty Lotus Blossom

In case you forgot, Sale-a-bration is going on right now! One of my favorite items, that you can get for FREE!, is the Lotus Blossom stamp set. This is a photopolymer set that creates a beautiful flower, and I've tried out some color combinations to share with you today, as well as a simple card. If you're new to stamping, you could easily order the supplies to make this card and pick Lotus Blossom as your free item when you reach a $50 order.
Here are the stamps you will get in this set:

This is called 3-step stamping. You stamp 3 times to get the image of the flower. Stampin' Up! makes it really easy for you by including numbered tabs on the flower images to show you the order in which to stamp. The tabs also help you line up the images (although with completely clear stamps, it really is easy!).

When I tried out different color combinations, I chose two colors each time. I stamped the darker color first with image 1. Then I stamped the lighter color with image 2. Finally, I used the lighter color with image 3, but I first stamped off. Stamping off simply means to ink up your stamp, and then lightly stamp it on a scratch piece of paper first, which lightens the color. Here are the combos I tried:

There are certainly many more options, and you could also experiment with stamping off the darker color on image 2, or using just one color and stamping off several times. The possibilities are endless! I chose my 3 favorite combinations and created some quick cards.

The only other supplies I used, besides the colors listed above, were Wild Wasabi ink, Tuxedo Black Memento ink, and Whisper White cardstock. Super simple, but very pretty. Here are close-ups of the cards.

If you are looking for even more inspiration, Stampin' Up! has created a video for this stamp set, showing you exactly what to do, as well as more samples.

Don't forget: I have an online party going on all month on Facebook. I'd love for you to join me! Or, simply place an order using hostess code JB9MJ64P for the chance to win a package of Rhinestones, and 2 yards each of Gold and Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim!

Happy Stamping!

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