Beautiful Peacock for CAS(E) This Sketch #258

Beautiful Peacock

I saw the sketch for CTS#258 this morning and decided to try out the SAB stamp set (free with a $50 purchase) Beautiful Peacock.  I’ve seen some absolutely gorgeous cards on Pinterest using this set, and it was very helpful when trying to figure out how to use the set.  I wound up using a mixture of full ink stamps with elements stamped off.  Trust me, you want to play around with this set before you start on cardstock, and my current sheet of grid paper is a testament to playing around.

This stamp set is just gorgeous.

Color Choices

I knew I wanted something bold, and started with the DSP from Eastern Palace making Tranquil Tide and Dapper Denim the coordinating colors.  Base and front of the card are Very Vanilla, which allowed the colorful peacock to shine.  It’s a little difficult to tell in the picture, but there is a layer of Dapper Denim between the Very Vanilla top and Eastern Palace base.  At first I was concerned these colors would be to intense.  However, I’m pleased with the color choices for the body and feathers for this gorgeous bird, including the triple stamped off trailing feathers.  

Extra Touches

I wound up fussy cutting the body of the bird and popped it up on mini-dimensionals for interest.  The sentiment is from the Beautiful Peacock set and trimmed down to be a thin piece.   When matted on Dapper Denim, then punched, the denim  peeks out from the top and bottom.  I didn’t want to create a dove-tailed banner for the sentiment and wound up using the Pretty Label punch.  There are many videos on YouTube showing how to use punches for just the ends.  Frankly, I was amazed that both ends lined up pretty much perfectly.  

CAS(E) This Sketch #258 challenge

There are so many fun possibilities with this sketch.  What will you do with it?

As always, I would love to hear your comments.

Have a Peachy Day!

Heartfelt Blooms for GDP121

Global Design Project 121 is a color challenge this week using Bermuda Bay, Peekaboo Peach and Sweet Sugarplum.  I’ve seen some beautiful two-color cards with Heartfelt Blooms (Sale-a-Bration catalog), and really wanted to use the stamp set, so I thought this challenge would be wonderful for the set.

Here’s my card:


There is a trick to using this gorgeous stamp, though, and I’m so pleased I saw some comments from other SU demos who shared the trick:  less ink is better.  You do need to cover the stamp with color, but don’t overload it.  Definitely play around on scrap paper a few times before trying it on your cardstock (you should see the current sheet of grid paper on my desk).

Bermuda Bay and Peekaboo Peach were easily covered with the bloom stamp, and I used peach for the sentiment, Bermuda Bay for the bottom base layer and the ribbon.  I have Sweet Sugarplum just peeking out as a second layer and I cropped a Stitched Shapes circle to go behind the Pretty Label punch-out.  I really wasn’t sure how the Sugarplum was going to work with the other 2 colors, but I am pleased with the contrast.  Maybe I need to try the same card again with another main color combo…….something to think about.

Here’s the GDP challenge link:

Make sure you check out the cards from the design team, and especially from the guest designer, Julie DeGuia, for her adorable card!!

Have a Peachy day!

Stampin’ Up products for this card:

Heartfelt Blooms Clear-Mount Stamp Set  Heartfelt Blooms

Pretty Label PunchPretty Label Punch

Mini Stampin' Dimensionals    Mini dimensionals

Multipurpose Liquid GlueTombow adhesive