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Abstract Impressions – Artisan Design Team Blog Hop

With the arrival of the brand new Stampin’ Up! 2018-2019 Idea Book and Catalogue, comes so many amazing new stamps, dies and tools! In this hop, the Artisan Design Team will be sharing gorgeous new things with you, so hop along!

For my Abstract Impressions project, I showcased the amazing dies that come as part of the bundle, along with the cute floral stamps and greetings.

Embossing with Dies

I want to share an amazing new tool with you that will transform the way you see and use your dies, the ones you already have and the ones you need. It’s out amazing Big Shot Embossing Mats! They look deceptively average in the catalogue, but they are thin silicone mats of wonder! I paired them along with the dies from the Abstract Impressions bundle to make impressions in both sides of my cards, but not cut out.

To create this effect, place the Big Shot platform on top of your Big Shot, with a cutting mat on top.  Then place your die facing UP, with the paper or card on top, and then the blue silicone mat, and then the white Impressions Pad.  If you place the die facing down it will not work, ask me how I know! 🙂 I passed both side of my card front through the Big Shot and made this decorative edge down the sides.

Then it was a simple rectangular greeting and some peeking flowers.  I used Grey Granite for my card base (love it!) and paired Mint Macaron and Merry Merlot flowers with it.  To make the two tone flowers, stamp off the lighter outside petals and then stamp the inside petals first time.

Gift Box with a Difference

To make the little gift boxes, I used the Garden Impressions papers and they were perfect for bright, fun boxes.

I used the Butterfly and Flower die from the Suite and layered ribbon, a Vellum card stock Starburst punch and a hand cut greeting.

The boxes were made with the Gift Box Punch Board but I missed some steps.  You can see how I made them here.

Embossing and Layering

The second card was embossed the same as before, and then layered over with a die cut version. The embossing pops up through the die cut and adds dimension.  For the thread behind the greeting, I pulled out the sides of the metallic ribbon and unravelled it to make some pale pink thread to layer over.

I hope you like these projects and have fun using your Embossing Mat and this beautiful bundle.

Competitions

For my giveaway this month, I’m giving you the chance to win the Stampin’ Write Markers New Colour Kit.  To be entered, just follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube (one entry for each follow) and comment below which you’ve done, as well as which is your favourite paper from the Garden Impressions DSP.

This month’s customer orders will be entered into a prize draw to win my projects from last month.

Last month’s comment winner of the Watercolour Pencils was Linda!   Please email me your address for shipping!

Last Month’s customer winner was Andrea Gilbertson! Congratulations! I’ll get your projects out to you asap!

Thanks for joining me! Now it’s time to see what Sarah has in store for you! Click the pink button to hop to her blog.

Happy Stampin’

Rhoda xx

Cathy Caines

Charlet Mallet

Connie Collins

Elizabeth Price

Emma Goddard

Jenni Pauli

Jennifer Frost

Jessica Winter

Kayla MacAulay

Kim McGillis

Lauren Alarid

Linda van Wely-Zwolle

Rhoda MacPherson (you are here!)

Sarah Lancaster

Susan Wong

Sylwia Schreck

 

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Comments

19 Comments
  1. posted by
    Kim McGillis
    Jun 14, 2018 Reply

    I love all of your projects! they are all so so special. I will incorporate your tips for sure.

  2. posted by
    Emma Goddard
    Jun 14, 2018 Reply

    Really cute!! These gift bags are such a sweet treat, and your cards are really pretty – I really must give the emobissing mat a whirl – feeling inspired xo

    • posted by
      Pretty Creative
      Jun 21, 2018 Reply

      Aw thanks lovely! So pleased you like them xx

  3. posted by
    Linda Zwolle
    Jun 14, 2018 Reply

    These are gorgeous Rhoda! Love your gift boxes all in color and then your cards so natural! Great video as well!

    • posted by
      Pretty Creative
      Jun 21, 2018 Reply

      Thanks so much! It’s good to have another way to use tools isn’t it?

  4. posted by
    Lauren
    Jun 15, 2018 Reply

    Beautiful! I love what you’ve done with embossing those floral images! So many pretty details!

    • posted by
      Pretty Creative
      Jun 21, 2018 Reply

      Thanks dear, I’m so glad you like it! xx

  5. posted by
    Kayla MacAulay
    Jun 15, 2018 Reply

    These are gorgeous Rhoda! I love what you have done with the grey and the embossing, that’s so beautiful. Gorgeous projects. x

    • posted by
      Pretty Creative
      Jun 21, 2018 Reply

      Thanks Kayla, I love a bit of neutral in with my bright papers 🙂 xx

  6. posted by
    Elizabeth Price
    Jun 16, 2018 Reply

    Rhoda these projects are gorgeous. I am so loving how you embossed the side borders on the grey card–it’s so rich and luscious. I am definitely going to copy your idea. Smiles, Elizabeth

    • posted by
      Pretty Creative
      Jun 21, 2018 Reply

      Oh good! CASE away Elizabeth, I can’t wait to see what you make! xx

  7. posted by
    Sylwia
    Jun 17, 2018 Reply

    so cute!
    The cards are very chic and the goodies are super great!

    • posted by
      Pretty Creative
      Jun 21, 2018 Reply

      Aw thank you Sylwia xx

  8. posted by
    charlet
    Jun 17, 2018 Reply

    Awesome work Rhoda! The gray is such a nice addition to the colors here. COPY COPY COPY … I’m on my way.

    • posted by
      Pretty Creative
      Jun 21, 2018 Reply

      So glad you like them Charlet! Feel free to copy away! xx

  9. posted by
    Deb Hackett
    Jun 18, 2018 Reply

    Another great video. I am looking forward to using the embossing mats – I love these cards xx

    • posted by
      Pretty Creative
      Jun 21, 2018 Reply

      Thanks so much Debs, they’re so brilliant and I love that they work with what you already have and make them do something else – hooray!

  10. posted by
    Andrea
    Jun 18, 2018 Reply

    Beautiful as always. I love the gift bags x

    • posted by
      Pretty Creative
      Jun 21, 2018 Reply

      Thanks Andrea! So glad you like them! xx

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