Use your Christmas stamps all year round – Casually Crafting August ’21 Blog Hop…

Soooo, the new Aug-Dec Mini Catalogue is now live, and we can get our hands on all those lovely new stamp sets, BUT it’s still too early to be really thinking the C word, so let me show you how to use your Christmas stamps all year round with this very summery card, just by changing the colours and the sentiments.

A handmade card in pink, green and yellow showing how to Use your Christmas stamps all year round

I am hopping today with the lovely Casually Crafting Design Team, a group of Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators who want to share our take on Casual Crafting with you, keeping things fun and achievable for all. NO DIES WERE USED IN THE MAKING OF THIS CARD (though my trusty Paper Snips did get a bit of a workout!!)

We were set a Colour Challenge this month, and WOW do these three work well together. Pear Pizzazz, Daffodil Delight and the beautiful Polished Pink.

You might be wondering which stamp set those gorgeous flowers are from, and it is the Merriest Moments stamp set, a beautiful stamp set full of flowers, leaves and greetings, perfect for Christmas but also perfect for us to use your Christmas stamp sets all year round.

The sentiment I have chosen is from the Sunny Thoughts set, there are some lovely big greetings, which make a stunning focal point for your cards. This one seemed just right given the Deffodil Delight background I had made. This was done by using our Blending Brushes to sponge ink in an ombre effect onto a piece of the new Beautifully Penned Designer Series Paper, which is FREE with a purchase of £45 from Stampin’ Up! in August and September.

A handmade card in pink, green and yellow showing how to Use your Christmas stamps all year round

The flowers are stamped in Polished Pink, once stamped straight onto Basic White card and then stamped again, without reinking, to give a much lighter effect. I then fussy cut the two flowers out and layered them on top of each other, rotating the top one round so that the petals underneath show through the gaps. The leaves were also stamped both ‘first generation’ and ‘second generation’ and then fussy cut.

I love how much dimension I got with these flowers, simply by ‘fluffing’ the petal upwards. I didn’t even stick them on dimensionals, though the main sentiment panel is raised up. The centres of the flowers are the magnificent Opal Rounds, so stunning with flecks of pink and silver in them.

A handmade card in pink, green and yellow showing how to Use your Christmas stamps all year round

I hope that you like my card and I hope that I have shown you here how to use your Christmas stamps all year round, just by being a little creative with the colours and the sentiments that you pair with them. Enjoy hopping around to see what the rest of the Design Team have got up their sleeves for you, and then why not hop back and pop that stamp set in your basket, simply click on the photo links below.

Thanks for stopping by, until next time, Happy Stamping xx

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