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Lotus Blossom Gift Set

Lotus Blossom Set

Hi All!

I’m so excited to be using one of my new Stampin’ Up! products. When I saw the Lotus Blossom set, I was really excited to try it. The truth is, I recently purchased another company’s flower builder set and had a lot of trouble using it. I spent at least an hour on it and then gave up. I just couldn’t figure out how to successfully line up the images. When I saw the Lotus Blossom set, it just looked like it was going to be easier. I’m happy to report back that after just a few minutes of practice, I had it down to a science and every image came out perfectly lined up. Yay!! Here are some close-ups:

Lotus Blossom

Lotus Blossom

Lotus Blossom

Lotus Blossom

Here’s the trick to getting a nice set of colors… just use two. Finding three separate colors that blend together without water is very hard to do. I used all Stampin’ Up! inks and Stampin’ Up! paper. The Stampin’ Up! paper is really important – it gives the best ink saturation. I did a little comparison of Stampin’ Up! inks and paper HERE awhile back if you would like to check it out. I did, however, use my typical Neenah Solar White for the card base.

Here is a diagram of where to focus your eyes when lining up the stamps:

Lotus Blossom Instructions

Making these cards has renewed my appreciation for Stampin’ Up! inks. They performed really well in my Dye Ink Comparison but for some reason I haven’t been reaching for them as much lately. I’ll need to do that more often.

Another interesting realization during this card video was how “stamping off” differs significantly among brands. I took comparison photos of Hero Arts, Simon Says Stamp, Memento, Ranger Adirondack, and Stampin’ Up!. I will post the results later today in a separate article so if someone needs to reference it later, it won’t be buried in a card video post.

There’s one more thing I need to tell you about this set… it’s in the Sale-a-bration catalog. So what does that mean? It means the only way to get it is to buy $50 worth of Stampin’ Up! products. Then you can have it for free. Not a bad deal, especially since my sister donates 20% of every order to foster kids. If you’re just not into Stampin’ Up!, then be patient. This trend is just getting started, so I’m sure there will be more products like it in the near future.

Enjoy and have a great weekend!

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Supplies:

To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.

Stampin' Up! Lotus Blossom
Stampin’ Up! Lotus Blossom
Stampin' Up! Borderettes
Stampin’ Up! Borderettes
Elegant Eggplant
Elegant Eggplant Ink
Wisteria Wonder
Wisteria Wonder Ink
Pacific Point
Pacific Point Ink
Marina Mist
Marina Mist Ink
Rose Red
Rose Red Ink
Pink Pirouette
Pink Pirouette Ink
Pumpkin Pie
Pumpkin Pie Ink
Stampin' Up! So Saffron Ink
So Saffron Ink
Stampin' Up! Garden Green Ink
Garden Green Ink
Stampin' Up! Wild Wasabi Ink
Wild Wasabi Ink
Simon Says Stamp Black Ink
SSS Black Ink
Stampin' Up! Whisper White Cardstock
Stampin’ Up! White Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Ranger Craft Sheet
Craft Mat
EH|SSS
Stampin' Up! Dimensionals
Dimensionals
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
EH|SSS

Comments

  1. wrote on January 16th, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Peg C

    Just perfect! thanks for the tip on the splatter x

  2. wrote on January 16th, 2015 at 10:06 am

    IngeO

    What a beautiful cards!
    Very, very pretty!

  3. wrote on January 16th, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Mary Jane

    Just beautiful!!!!

  4. wrote on January 16th, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    ben9903

    Very lovely cards! You’re right – some builder sets are really difficult to figure out but these looked doable! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!!

  5. wrote on January 16th, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    swimbikerunat60

    Hello Darlene: WOW!! at first glance I thought the splatters were done with the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set, I’ve never tried to make splatters using a paint brush but I love the way they look, more natural than the ones made with a stamp.
    I really like this Lotus Blossom stamp set, I will order it next month.
    This gifts are so very welcomed by teachers, coworkers, family and friends, your cards are so simple and easy to make yet, they are absolutely gorgeous.
    Thank you so much for sharing.

  6. wrote on January 16th, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    Jenny Chilton

    I love this set and how you used the border stamp. This one is my new favourite. Thank you for mentioning which colours you have tried as well. Beautiful.

  7. wrote on January 16th, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    kskallen

    beautiful cards! I am getting this set as my ‘freebie’ from my SU demonstrator. Just placed my order tonight! Can’t wait to play with it. 🙂

  8. wrote on January 17th, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    Glynda

    These are stunning cards! Another great video, Darlene.

  9. wrote on January 19th, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    Diana

    Hi Darlene. I really love what you did with this stamp set. I have it now and enjoy it. However, I wish that SU! would have added a leaf stamp to this set. they have made some others recently that I call “stick flowers” – and think a leaf would add a lot. I did take the stem die and “fanagled” a leaf by curving it and stamping both sides and filling in with a SU! marker. In any event, I think it’s one of their best images lately. I have one of their earlier tulips that use a two step process. I’m wondering what they would look like together. In any event (sorry this is so long) – I love this site! Thank you.

  10. wrote on January 20th, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    dee64

    Beautiful cards, love this stamp set

  11. wrote on January 21st, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    Jennifer Stark

    Perfect!! Thanks for sharing what color inks work best. You’re the tops!!

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