The Stamp Review Crew: Colorful Seasons Edition

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It’s time for another round of inspiration from The Stamp Review Crew.  If this is your very first visit to one of our hops, we are a group of international Stampin’ Up! demonstrators whose mission is to do a blog hop on the first and third Mondays of each month. Our hops are unique because each of us features the same stamp set used in a variety of ways. This week we are featuring the fabulous Colorful Seasons stamp set. I am Stop #1 on the hop. You may have just left Stop #15, the amazing Natalie Lapakko! After visiting me, you will continue to Stop #2, the ever-so-talented Heidi Baks, who always blows me away with her talent.  Enjoy today’s hop and my trio of cards!

Colorful Seasons Fall in Faux Silk

Colorful Seasons FallFor my first card today, I decided to showcase the fall splendor of Colorful Seasons by using my favorite trio of autumnal colors: Always Artichoke, Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry.  These were accented with the warmth and elegance of Copper Foil.

Sometimes when I sit down to make a card, I forget about the arsenal of techniques we have at our disposal.  Does this ever happen to you? Luckily for me, I remembered a texture-rich technique I used to use several years ago when designing fall cards. It’s the “faux silk technique”, and it is as easy as 1-2-3.

Close up of Faux Silk

You will need a wet adhesive, such as Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, card stock, and a piece of ordinary tissue paper.

  1.  Spread a thin layer of glue onto Very Vanilla card stock. Smooth using a sponge brush. No sponge brush? That’s alright! You can use a piece of scrap card stock, or even your fingers!
  2. Crumple up your piece of tissue paper, then smooth it out.
  3. Place the “crumpled-up-smoothed out” tissue paper on top of the card stock adhere, and stamp away.

Close up of Copper Foil Leaf

Two Copper Foil leaves were created with the coordinating Seasonal Layers Thinlits. New 1/4″ Copper Trim (spread out), and a bit of Copper Thread add to the delicious texture!  Speckles were created with the Touches of Texture set and Crumb Cake ink.  Pearls provide the perfect accent.

Colorful Seasons Fall card

Colorful Seasons Faux Watercolored Winter

Seasonal Layers Winter Card

Pounce!  The background for this card was created using baby wipes and inks.  I simply scrunched up a baby wipe, inked it up on my ink pad, and pounced around on the surface of the paper. I used Soft Sky, Smoky Slate, and Blushing Bride inks. Next, I added VersaMark Snowflakes and heat embossed them with Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder.

Silver Foil snowflakes, punched out with the Seasonal Layers Thinlits and popped up on dimensionals, add depth to the card.

Close up of Seasonal Colors snowflakes

Icy sparkle is added in a number of ways, including new Silver Mini Sequins and 3/8″ Metallic-Edge Ribbon in Silver and Whisper White.

Close up of ribbon trim

Although I tend to be a “fall, pearl, warm color” kind of gal, I do love the wintery mix of colors and bling on this winter card.

Colorful Seasons Berry Burst Spring

Seasonal Colors Spring card

The “Spring” card was created earlier, but I wanted to include it here in order to demonstrate the versatility of this set. More details can be found on the original post, HERE.

Close Up of Flowers

I hope you enjoyed today’s cards made with this versatile set.  Won’t you let me know in your  comment today?  Of course, if you ever have a question about the cards I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away.  Now hop along to Stop #2, Heidi Baks!  I guarantee you will not be disappointed with what she has in store for you!  If you get lost along the way, you can find a list of all the hoppers at The Stamp Review Crew.  Until next time…

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  1. I’m so late responding Ann but just had to take a moment to tell you how wonderful and inspirational these cards are! You make the most beautiful cards and this set is no exception! True versatility using this stamp set…hmm, I must add this to my wish list. I also need to try your faux silk technique sometime! I’m glad you revisit those to jog my memory to give them a try. ; )

  2. Beautiful cards! The Fall one is my favorite. It is a true ‘Ann’ creation.

  3. Gorgeous cards Ann! The trip through the seasons really showcased this stamp set so well. You are right, it’s easy to forget those older techniques but you’ve shown they still work beautifully.

  4. Absolutely gorgeous Ann. Love all the ‘faux’ techniques – thanks for sharing, I will be trying them out! Kelly x

  5. Wow! Anne, what an amazing line up of cards. Must do the faux silk again sometime and love how you did the Baby Wipe Technique too. Very inspiring.

  6. Oh my gosh Ann, these are stunning!!!! I especially love the fall leaf card!

  7. I hope you don’t mind me using two of your cards for my Fall/Winter workshops! I love the baby wipe background, too! Beautiful cards, Ann!

  8. These cards are seriously AWESOME, Ann! You always wow me with the details.

  9. These are all such lovely cards! The metallic die cuts are really stunning. I also really enjoyed reading about the faux-silk method. I’ve never done that before and I love the texture it gives you! Thanks for the inspiration!

  10. Beautiful Ann! And yes, there are so many techniques out there for us to use, it is great to get a reminder to pull some of them out now and again. Thanks for your amazing examples 😉

  11. Carol Carriveau

    Your creative ideas took my breath away, fabulous and big thank you for sharing your techniques!!!

  12. Wow! What seasonal masterpieces! I love how the faux silk turned out!

  13. WOW, WOW, like always MsAnn , love them
    Tfs oxox Frenchie

  14. AWESOME, Ann! You hit it out of the ballpark with these beautiful cards! I will use this beautiful stamp set for my classes and CASE your cards. Thank you!

  15. Wowza these are gorgeous! Beautifully detailed!

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