Every time that Stampin’ Up! offers a Poinsettia stamp set, I always end up buying it. These are like two-fer stamp sets for me. 1 – I admit it, I’m a flower stamp gal, so poinsettia stamps check that box for me. 2 – they are a Christmas set, my other big love for stamping. In fact, it was the idea of making my own Christmas cards that inspired my first purchase from Stampin’ Up! oh so many years ago. So I fall in love every time they offer a poinsettia stamp set in the Holiday mini. This year I didn’t bother to resist and I purchased the whole Poinsettia Place Suite when I placed my first order. I think this may be the best poinsettia bundle yet; the stamps and coordinating dies are fabulous. I love the variety of greetings in the stamps, and I really love the options to created multi-layered flowers or go with the single stamped image like I did here. And the coordinating foliage is fantastic, too. I really love this bundle!
I do have a technique tip for you that I used on this card. I stamped the poinsettia in Real Red ink, and then used a Blender Pen to spread the ink from the stamped image to color in the petals. No additional ink required, the Blender Pen will move the water-based ink around for a bit after stamping. I learned about this technique several years ago, and it’s called “Blurred Vision Watercoloring”. It is super easy to do, and it doesn’t require loads of supplies which is great for people starting out.
This sketch challenge was the inspiration for my layout. In knew the second that I saw the sketch that I wanted to use my Poinsettia Petals Bundle for the floral element and greeting on this card.
This challenge was the inspiration for the color combination that I used for my card. These colors are perfect for creating classic Christmas cards. The challenge will end very soon, but I will probably revisit these colors for some more last-minute Christmas cards this year or start building a stash for next year.
Edited 7-Dec-2020: I’m so excited to share that my card was selected as one of the winners for the GDP Challenge. Squeee!