Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Stamp focus: Succulents from My Favorite Things

Welcome back everyone!

I've made a number of cards using the Sweet Succulent set from My Favorite Things, and I decided I would do one post for those three cards to showcase the focus. (Also because I can't write a thousand and one blog posts...)
I'll also be attempting to do these more often - making multiple cards with one set. It's good fun, and pushes your brain for new techniques and ideas to use.

First up: here's a card using the MTF stamp set. I love succulents, and it was a pleasure to explore all the possibilities with this set!

The sentiment for this card is taken from Mama Elephant's Everyday Greetings set which I love; super cute sayings. The succulents were coloured with my markers and I embossed the sentiment with fine white embossing powder. I also added some Clear Nuvo drops for embellishments. I didn't want to go too overboard for this card, so the background stamps were used with Distress Ink's Weathered Wood for a less intense image. (IYou may have noticed this colour used in other cards recently!)

This card makes a perfect housewarming gift (everyone loves a plant that doesn't die on you!) and it's super easy to customise the sentiment for any occasion.

Up next was a quick experiment with blending Distress Inks together - focusing on the greens, purples and blues. I then used a couple more stamped and fussy-cut succulents, some gems and the sentiment from the set too. I love this sentiment, super cute and of course, punny!
I'm always on the lookout for succulents, and also the sentiments that come along with them. 

I've been alerted to a new challenge on Instagram using the hashtag #OneStampWonder to display the versatility of one stamp set. @ACardDaysWork from Instagram created this challenge; have a look at all the inspiration!

Finally, I have another card which I enjoyed creating. The benefit of not having die-cuts for these stamps is that I can personalise the heights and layout of each succulent. I realised I could have a bunch of fun and add some smile into this card here, so I did just that!

I used a cat from Sunny Studio Stamps' Purrfect Birthday that fit with the succulent branches, and then played around with the tabby, making it look like she had trampled the plant.
Isn't this the cat-owner's life in one picture? Cats ruining plants but being super cute in the process! 

I didn't have any ray stencils for this idea, so I just used a scrap piece of paper. I used Distress Ink's Mustard Seed for the bright yellow colour, and the standard blending sponges to make those rays. I think it worked out alright!
I also used the same sentiment from the package again, and added some light yellow splashes for effect. 

These are my three cards using the MFT Succulent set! I hope you have some succulent sets to play around with yourself, they can be so many different colours!
If you find any good ones, or any other punny sentiments, let me know!

Until next time,
Shana xx

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