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:
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:
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!