Hello and welcome to my blog today. I know it’s Saturday and you don’t normally see a post from me but I’m going to start this new series and see how it goes called Step It Up Saturday’s. During these posts I will show you a couple versions of the same card. One will be just stamps ink and paper, then I will step it up a bit, and then a little bit more.

For the first post I decided to use products from the upcoming limited time release bundle that starts on August 1st. The products in this bundle will only be around while supplies last. The stamp set and dies will not be seen after this promotion is over but the new Watercolor pencils that I shared with you yesterday will carry over in a future publication we were told.

So here’s a look at the cards that I created using the Colorful Seasons Bundle.

Stampin’ Basics Card:

For the very basic version of the card using the Blended Seasons Stamp Set and the watercolor pencils. I first stamped the flower image from the set onto a piece of Whisper White thick cardstock cut at 3 3/4 x 5 using Stazon Jet Black Ink.

Once the ink was dry I started coloring with my Watercolor Pencils. Now I’m only using the new Watercolor Pencils Assortment #2 for these cards. I used Balmy Blue, Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green, Flirty Flamingo, Garden Green, Coastal Cabana, and a little Cajun Craze as my pencil choices. I used all the same colors on all three cards and colored them all the same way. I just shared on my YouTube channel a video with me using the watercolor pencils. I also mentioned on there that I will be doing a Watercolor Pencil Jump Start Class coming version. I will post details very soon about that.

Once all my coloring was done and the paper was dried. Which doesn’t take long since I used a blender pen and moistened the pigment. I stamped the “you’re the friend” sentiment in Gorgeous Grape into the white space of the card. I attached the card front to a Gray Granite Card Base cut at 4 1/4 x 11 scored at 5 1/2.

Step It Up A Notch:

For the stepped up version I repeated the above process. To step it up a little I added a Gorgeous Grape mat cut at 4″ x 5 1/4″ before adding it to the Gray Granite (which by the way is becoming my favorite new neutral) card base. At this point it didn’t seem to be stepped up enough so I added a few clear sequins from the Metallic Sequin Assortments using mini glue dots.

Really Step It Up:

For the third version of this card I did all the same steps as above. But, before I added it to the mat and card base I used the new Stitched Seasons Framelits and cut out the center of the card front.

By doing this it allowed me to showcase the double stitched lines these new Framelits create. So what they do is create a stitched border on the cut out piece as well as the cardstock you cut the detail from. You can see that here.

Once that was all done I did die cut a few vine images from Granny Apple Green and Garden Green scraps. I explain what I did with those a little later in this post. But, first I need to tell you what I did with the sentiment piece.

I added a few Stampin’ dimensionals behind the die cut sentiment image. Added the card front to my Gorgeous Grape Mat using Multipurpose Liquid Glue and secures it to the card base. After that was done I placed the popped up sentiment back into place on the card front; making sure to line everything back up the way it goes. This allowed me to create a raised area on the card and added a little more dimension.

Okay, so I mentioned the die cut vines. After popping the sentiment back and securing it down in the right position (so there were no miss shaped leaves or flowers).  I simply tucked these die cuts under the edge of the popped up image.

To finish off the card I added a few of the same clear sequins to the card front. Making sure they where close to the same areas as the 2nd version of the card.

I hope that you have enjoyed my post today and that this post helps any level of crafter learn to step up their cards a little. If you want any of the products you’ve seen today they will be available starting August 1st in my Online Store.

Or if you can’t wait till then you can always join my team and add them to your no obligation starter kit now. Plus one added perk for doing that is you would get to pick a full ink pad family for free to your starter kit along with these fun new limited time products. So that would bring your starter kit value up to $198 for only $99. Plus another perk for signing up now is that on August 1st you can preorder products from the upcoming Holiday Catalog that goes live in September. I’m super excited to see and play with all the fun new products that will be coming in just a few months. I’m just going to tell you what I’ve seen so far this is the best Holiday catalog so far.

image by Stampin’ Up!

Happy Stampin’

Rick

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