Hello and welcome to the first ever Stampers Showcase Blog Hop.  We are a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from different countries that got together to share inspiration with you monthly.   This month our theme is Thanks!  If you have came to my blog from Annette Ball’s Blog or if you are starting here welcome. I am sure that you will find some great inspiration along the way.

For my card today, I used the Climbing Roses stamp set from the 2019 Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog.  This stamp set also comes with matching dies and you can get them both in a cost saving bundle.  I actually used both the stamp set and the matching framelits on my project.  Here’s a look at my project.

Climbing Roses Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!, Rick Adkins, Thank You Card
Since this is the first blog hop I wanted to create something a little special.  So I created a card with a little off the edge element.  I started out by stamping the cluster of roses from the Climbing Roses stamp set at the top and bottom of a piece of Strathmore Bristol paper with Versamark ink and added Gold Stampin’ Emboss Powder and setting it with my heat tool.  
Climbing Roses Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!, Rick Adkins, Thank You Card
After that was done I used my Subtle Stampin’ Write Markers and a blender pen to color in each rose and leaf.  I used Petal Pink for the roses and Pear Pizzazz for the leaves.  On the open roses I used So Saffron for the center.  I started out by adding the marker to the darkest areas and used the blender pen to pull the ink out to the edge:  I repeated the process with each leaf.  This is were the Bristol paper comes in handy.  The ink sits on top of the paper longer so it allows me to more it around with the blender pen.  With normal cardstock the ink sinks into the paper a little to fast to do this same technique.  Once I got all the coloring done and the ink had dried I came back and added the So Saffron to the center of the open roses and blended it out in the same way.  
Climbing Roses Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!, Rick Adkins, Thank You Card
Once I had all the coloring done I came back and used the Rose Trellis Thinlits and lined up the matching die with the rose image and ran it through the Big Shot using the partial die cutting technique.  I then repeated it on the opposite side.  Once this was done I took a t-square ruler and lined up and drew a line with a #2 pencil matching up where the die cutting ended.  At this point I used my Stampin’ Trimmer and cut each line stopping at the die cut line.  What was left I used my snips and trimmed off where I didn’t cut through.  By doing this it allowed me to create the square and rose element you see above.  I then added two stitched lines around the square using my t-square ruler and a journaling pen and pear pizzazz stampin’ write marker.  I finished off the main element by heat embossing the Thank You from the stamp set in gold stampin’ emboss powder.  
Climbing Roses Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!, Rick Adkins, Thank You Card
I then took my card base (Petal Pink 4 1/4 x 11 scored at 5 1/2) and the trellis die and ran it through the Big Shot with the Stampin’ Up! embossing mats.  This created a nice textural element to my card without having to die cut any additional cardstock and attaching it the the card base.  It’s really subtle but very pretty.  
Climbing Roses Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!, Rick Adkins, Thank You Card
Thank you for dropping by today, I hope that you have a fun time hopping along.  Next on the hop is Sue Vine.  I am sure that she has created something super fun for you.  You can click on the next button below to go to view her blog post.  If you would like any of the supplies you have seen today you can pick them up in my online store by clicking on the shop button below or on the item in the shopping list below.  
Happy Stampin’

Rick

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