flower_patch_swapThis is the last of my cards in the Flower Patch blast that I'm doing this week. I created this card for a demonstrator swap for the new catalog. I really enjoy participating in swaps because I get some great project ideas and samples for a wide variety of stamps. And I especially enjoy this particular swap because I always get some very high quality swaps in return. Swaps can be a bit risky because you can get some real duds back, so I'm happy to have found a reliably great one.

This card is the last (and most complicated) installment in this series. None of the steps involved are challenging, but there are several different tools and embellishments in play which make it take a bit longer to create. I used the coordinating Framelits to cut out the flowers, and I have to admit that it is a little fussy to line up the bigger flower with the die. The petals aren't uniform, so there is only one way to place the die and get it to cut out the flower without chopping bits off. So, I spent a couple of minutes moving the die around to get it lined up properly before I could run it through the Big Shot. The smaller flower was easy peasy, which made me happy. Regardless, I definitely spent less time using the Framelits than I would have if I cut out the flowers by hand.

Stampin' Up! just shared their strategy with demonstrators for the photopolymer stamps. This was one of the many pieces of info that came out at the annual convention that happened last week. One of their plans is to produce photopolymer stamps for sets that feature 2-Step stamping. This set is a perfect example for that technique. I stamped the lighter color first on the flowers, and then inked up the smaller stamp in a darker ink and placed it where I needed to stamp. The photopolymer stamps make it easy to get the stamp image right where you want it – without fussing with the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig. I still love my SAMJ, but I do appreciate how easy I can line images up with this style of stamp.

I used the following materials to make this card: