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 style. Today 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!
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!
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!
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!
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?
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!