I love cards to look professional, but they also have to have that quality about them that you can tell makes them handmade – whether that be hand colouring, additional techniques or simply weight.
The Work of Art stampset was brought out by Stampin Up last year and when I saw it I really wasn’t sure about it. Surely someone could do those strokes themselves, rather than have a stamp for it… but the more creations I saw made with it the more I wanted to try it out. Eventually I succumbed and bought the set :) (It doesn’t take an awful lot for me to succumb though!)
Here are the first cards I have made with the set – Christmas cards – and I can foresee many more uses for this set down the track…
|Work of Art & Bright Christmas by SU, Gumball Green & Real Red inks.|
For this card I used the short double brushstroke and round stamps
To make the mistletoe, I inked, stamped, inked, turned the stamp 60 degrees, stamp and repeat. Then using the circle stamped three little berries in red ink.
Add a sentiment and mount on a red card base to make it pop! This card literally took 5 minutes to make yet it looks great .
|Work of Art & Bright Christmas by SU. Gumball Green & Elegant Eggplant inks, Dazzling Details and embellishments|
This card uses one of the stamps in the set that looks like a long curved brushstroke.
I simply stamped it above itself and edged it slightly to the left on each stamping, giving it the look of a tree. Stamped a sentiment and added some snowflakes and rhinestones and a little swipe of dazzling details. Card front is mounted on a deep purple card base.