The new Stampin' Up! catalog is now officially open for business, and it's full of many new wonders I love.
You should have gotten yours from me if you placed orders with me this year, but if you still need one, just let me know.
But today, in sort of an unofficial tradition, I am paying homage to THE SURVIVOR.
The oldest, most enduring stamp set Stampin' Up! has ever had - a set that goes on and on like a Celine Dion song in an overdramatization of the Titanic.
That's right - Lovely as a Tree.
This set is the one that makes everyone hold their breath when the retiring list comes out. Should it ever retire, I feel like people will actually die. Hundreds of people. Just keeling over from shock and grief, like girls used to do when the Beatles came to town.
The reason it's still kicking is, quite simply, that it's beautiful. That's it. Nothing more complicated than that. You can do a million different things with it. I'm using it at my retreat next month with a fun medium that seems like it was made for this stamp set.
And today - I did a tutorial with it at Splitcoaststampers on mirror image stamping.
Because the treeline is asymmetrical, it's perfect for a mirror image project, and ends up looking very realistic.
To do this technique you'll need the following:
- Lovely as a Tree & Wetlands stamp sets in cling-mount.
- Basic Gray Archival Ink
- Basic Black Archival Ink
- MISTI stamping tool
- Mirror image rubber from So Suzy Stamps or Mirror Image Photopolymer from Paper Smooches
So long live the classics!
I'm probably napping while you read this, because I will have gotten up at 4 AM to place my order, some of which will be headed to my July retreat.
If you're missing July - good news - I have the venue booked for October. It will be the 28th-30th of October, so mark your calendars now - the seats go fast. Registration will open in a few weeks.
My bloggy break was due to a nice long vacation in Santa Fe, my retired stamp sale and retreat prep - but I'm back at my craft desk with new catalog goodies, so watch for new online classes and fun tutorials soon.