Casually Crafting Winter is Coming Blog Hop…

Hello & welcome back to the Casually Crafting Blog Hop where this months theme is ‘Winter is Coming’ – I haven’t really shared and traditional Christmas colours in my posts this year, so this one is for all you red and green lovers, showcasing the Poinsettia Petals stamps and dies!

The Casually Crafting Design Team are a group of independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrators that want to share our take on casual crafting with you all. We will be sharing what we love every 3rd Friday of each month. Make sure you check out the rest of the Design Team’s creative projects from the photo links at the end of this post.

Poinsettia Petals

When I think of winter I think of lots of things, but one of those is Poinsettias. Every November I buy a (cheap) poinsettia and see how long I can keep it alive for. If I make it past Christmas I consider myself lucky, lol.

A close up the Poinsettia Petals, inspiration for my card today.

Looking closely at the petals of my poinsettia, I noticed that the green ‘leaves’ and the red ‘petals’ are actually the same. I even think the green ones turn into red ones, though someone more knowledgable than me may tell you otherwise! So I found it odd that the leaves in the actual stamp set from Stampin’ Up! were shaped more like holly leaves.

Poinsettia Petals Bundle from Stampin' Up!

I had a little think and decided that I really wanted my leaves to be the same shape as my petals, so I used the flowers and just coloured some of them with my Shaded Spruce Stampin’ Blends, instead of Cherry Cobbler (the colour I used for the flowers). I just LOVE colouring in using our alcohol markers, you get such a super smooth and neat finish with fabulous blending.

All of the stamped images are fussy cut here, because I didn’t want them to have a white border, but you could totally use the dies if you had them and wanted to!

A handmade card using the Poinsettia Petals bundle from Stampin' Up!

The background here was made by blending Shaded Spruce ink onto Whisper White cardstock. I used the brand new blending brushes which will be available January the 5th for customers. I love being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator because I get to see and play with all of the new products super early!

A close up of my handmade card using the Poinsettia Petals bundle

The centres of the flowers are coloured in with Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blend, it seemed the most realistic colour I could find. I have kept this card quite simple, just flowers and leaves, with a simple stamped greeting in the top right hand corner. I wanted to show you that you can make a pretty card using just stamps, inks and paper (though my inks here are actually the Stampin’ Blends, and of course I used my trusty snips!)

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Until next time, Happy Stamping xx

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