Handmade Card for Good Friends

Here’s a handmade card for good friends to tell them just how special they are to you!  It’s made with the Painted Petals stamp set from Stampin’ Up!

Handmade Card with Painted Petals stamp set

Do you have friends that have become like family to you?  What a perfect sentiment to put on a handmade card to let them know!

I decided to use only one stamp set for this card.  Some people get frustrated when I show a card with a focal point from one set, a sentiment from another, and a background from a third set.  So to show you how versatile the Painted Petals set is, I decided to use stamps only from this set.

Painted Petals stamp set from Stampin' Up!

Painted Petals (wood 138819, clear 138822, photopolymer 137146)

This stamp set is one of my favorites from the spring Occasions Catalog from Stampin’ Up!  If you’re like me, you love 2-step stamping, because you can get multi-colored images using ink pads, instead of coloring a stamp with different colored Markers. You can see another example in this post:  Why Use 3/16″ Mats.

As I was playing with this set I realized I wanted more flexibility with the flower colors.  The stamp has two flowers that fit nicely on top of two stems from another stamp.  But I wanted a different color flower for each stem.  I could have done some masking, or colored the stamps with Markers, but I wanted this to be simple!  So I got out my scissors, and here’s what the two flowers look like now:

Photopolymer stamp from Painted Petals cut in two

Yep, I cut them apart!  That way I was able to stamp the flowers in four different colors using ink pads.  So easy.  Of course, these are photopolymer stamps, so it didn’t seem like as big a deal as cutting into rubber stamps.  But I’ve been known to cut rubber stamps, too.

But what if you cut them apart, then want to use them the way they were designed?  With photopolymer it’s quite easy, and it should work with clear mount rubber stamps, too.  Here’s what they look like when I’m ready to make both flowers the same color:

Two pieces of a stamp from Painted Petals rejoined on a clear block

The cut edges fit back together very nicely, and I can use them the way they were designed.

Here’s another little tip for you.  The image of four flowers and a bud makes a great background stamp!

Background created using the stamping off technique, Painted Petals stamp set

The Mossy Meadow is stamped tone-on-tone on the background card stock.  This is such a dark color, that I stamped off first each time, otherwise the busy-ness of the background could detract from the focal point.  It still looks a little dark, so I did another one where I stamped off twice before stamping the card stock. 

In case you’re wondering what “stamped off” means, it’s a technique for getting a lighter image from your stamps.  Ink the stamp, then when you stamp on some scratch paper, that “stamps off” some of the ink.  It’s a great technique for creating backgrounds.  I hope you’ll try some of these cardmaking tricks in your craft room.

Stampin’ Up! has great supplies and tools for cardmakers and paper crafters.  Don’t forget, if you place an order this week, you’ll get FREE Shipping, no minimum required!  That’s a great deal.  The offer lasts through Friday, April 10th, so be sure you order all the stamps and accessories you need (and want), and let Stampin’ Up! pay the shipping!  You can see more details about the offer in this post:  Five Days of Free Shipping.

Now get off your computer and go make some handmade cards for good friends to let them know how much they mean to you!


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