Watercolor Wings and Awesomely Artistic Stamp Sets

If you’re looking for ideas for lovely handmade cards, Watercolor Wings and Awesomely Artistic stamp sets will do the trick!  For cardmakers and paper crafters who love a soft, feminine look, this combination is perfect.

If you saw Wednesday’s post on How to Choose Stamps, I wrote about how important it is to know your styleToday I’ll share more qualities that I look for in a stamp set.

If you’ve been following me on my blog, Pinterest, and Facebook, you’ll recognize that Watercolor Wings and Awesomely Artisitic stamp sets definitely fit my style!

Watercolor Wings and Awesomely Artistic stamp sets create a lovely handmade all-occasions card

Another factor to consider when choosing stamp sets is versatility.  How many different ways can you use the stamps in a set?  Watercolor Wings will keep you experimenting over and over with all its possibilities!

Click here to order Watercolor Wings photopolymer stamp set from Stampin' Up!

Watercolor Wings (photopolymer 139424)

This is a 3-step stamp set, which means you can play with layering the images for each size butterfly.  Plus you’ve got some nice dots you can use for backgrounds, and three sweet sentiments.  That’s a lot of versatility in one set!  Especially if you love butterflies!

Most of us have to watch how much we spend on our addiction . . .er, I mean hobby!  So saving money is another point to consider!  When Stampin’ Up! offers a bundle at 15% off, that’s worth looking at!  You’ll love saving money with Watercolor Wings, since it’s bundled with the Bold Butterfly Framelits.

FYI:  Thinlits are the dies that cut intricate designs, Framelits are the dies that just cut a solid shape.  Stampin’ Up! made it a bit confusing, as the Butterflies Thinlits set has one Framelit in it (for the smaller butterfly), and the Bold Butterfly Framelits has the small butterfly Thinlit.  Geez, it’s hard enough to keep all these die names straight without mixing them up!

Butterflies Thinlits from Stampin' Up!

Butterflies Thinlits (137360), also available bundled with Butterfly Basics

Bold Butterfly Framelits from Stampin' Up!

Bold Butterfly Framelits (138135), also available bundled with Watercolor Wings

Remember the video I shared making a layered butterfly?  It’s in this post:  How to Create a Layered Butterfly.  I showed how to create a plain layer to go under the Thinlits die-cut, which involved cutting that layer by hand.  Now you can skip the hand cutting because the Framelits and Thinlits in the two sets match up perfectly! 

Here’s what the butterfly layers look like in a closeup with a little different angle.  Enough of the stamped layer shows through the Thinlits-cut butterfly that your recipient will peek to see more!

Detail of Watercolor Wings Butterfly layered with and intricate die-cut butterfly, created by Stamping Madly

In this closeup you can also see how I used the Awesomely Artistic stamp set, which is an example of another characteristic I look for:  Will it work to make interesting backgrounds?

Click here to order the Awesomely Artistic stamp set (clear mount) from Stampin' Up!  Also available in wood mount.

Awesomely Artistic (wood mount 138694, clear mount 139950)

 What do you look for in a stamp set when you’re trying to choose from so many options as in the Annual Catalog?  Leave a comment, as everyone benefits from hearing your thoughts.  I love the comments I got on the post about knowing your style, so let’s keep the conversation going!

Meanwhile, if you like to make soft and feminine handmade cards, you’ll want to add Watercolor Wings and Awesomely Artistic stamp sets to your craft room!

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10 Responses to Watercolor Wings and Awesomely Artistic Stamp Sets

  1. Janet Van Rossen July 11, 2015 at 4:35 am #

    My favourite is Awesomely Artistic. Very versatile, a lovely centrepiece floral image which will easily make a delicate subdued background together with the smaller elements for a collaged look. Butterflies are pretty but done to death in my view! The smaller elements lend themselves to be fussy cut, glazed and decoupaged for 3D interest.

    Janet x

    • Sage July 12, 2015 at 1:29 pm #

      I’m with you, Janet. It’s so versatile. In fact I just finished a card using the fussy-cut flowers as the focal point. I’ll be sharing it soon.

  2. Julia July 11, 2015 at 7:39 pm #

    Ok, now I am totally confused. LOL! I got the first bundle of the Butterfly basics and the bold butterfly framelits. Now there is another bundled set of butterflys? Will Butterfly basics work with BOTH die sets? I would love to see a video of you using the new three step stamping butterefly set before deciding if I really need another butterfly set. 🙂 I have the beginnings of an order for you and need to see what to add to it.
    Thank you Sage.

    • Sage July 12, 2015 at 1:45 pm #

      I sent an email, Julia, that I hope makes it less confusing. I’ll be doing a video on using the 3-step Watercolor Wings set, hopefully this week. I also have another sample to post that shows the stamped image better. I love the set and will keep playing with it and posting the results.

  3. bernice July 12, 2015 at 2:44 pm #

    Looking forward to the video. have been playing with watercolor wings. Thank you for taking time with me placing my orders. ( you know my health issues ) thanks so very much. I cut one half of the butterfly by turning my card base over, then using the butterfly die layering it. I think it turned out real pretty. But not as pretty as your card. Off to the art room I go

    • Sage July 12, 2015 at 2:51 pm #

      Have fun playing with the butterflies! You’re welcome, I’m always happy to help.

  4. Patricia July 13, 2015 at 9:28 pm #

    Beautiful colors! What are they? Thanks!

    • Sage July 14, 2015 at 1:01 pm #

      Thanks, Patricia. I used Lost Lagoon, Pool Party, Soft Sky, and Sahara Sand.

  5. Mary Ann Ely July 24, 2015 at 6:52 am #

    I just found your blog. I absolutely LOVE this stamp set along with the Butterfly Basics and framelits. Your card is GORGEOUS. Can you please tell me what colors you used for the butterfly wings stamp set and the framelet?

    • Sage July 24, 2015 at 1:00 pm #

      Thanks, Mary Ann. I used Soft Sky, Pool Party, and Lost Lagoon. I’m working on a video that shows how to do the 3-step stamping, and will post is as soon as it’s finished.

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