Saturday Simple Stamping Episode 19: Tropical Chic Thank You Card

Hello and welcome to my Blog & YouTube Channel for another episode of Saturday Simple Stamping.  Simple Stamping is a way to share card making with others that have not stamped before or have just started stamping designs they can recreate easily using mainly Stamps, Ink, & Paper with the occasional embellishment or tool thrown in.  In this weeks episode we are using the 2017-2019 In Colors (which will be retiring soon) and the Tropical Chic stamp set to create a fun playful thank you card.  Here's a look at today's card.

Tropical Chic Stamp Set, 2017-2019 In Colors, Stampin' Up!, Rick Adkins

In colors? 

If you are new to Stampin' Up! You may be wondering what are In Colors; well each year we get five new colors added to our core color collection that are only around for two years.  These colors are colors that are the most trendy colors out there when they are released and you will see them in cloths, paint, home decor, etc.  One set of five colors will retire each alternating year, and we get five new colors in there place.  So it helps to keep our color collection fresh and exciting.  This year's leaving colors are the 2017-2019 In Colors; Fresh Fig, Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink, and Tranquil Tide.  These colors will be leaving in June but will sell out as soon as the retiring list is announced April 15, or while supplies last.  I always suggest that if you like these colors you get them now before they are gone.  Plus make sure you stock up on the cardstock, ink refills, and anything in the colors you like most of all.

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Tips & Tricks: 

Tropical Chic Stamp Set, 2017-2019 In Colors, Stampin' Up!, Rick Adkins
  • Start with the largest image and stamp it in a visual triangle.  In the Art world there's this rule called the rule of odds.  Simply put it means that odd numbers always look better as does placing images in a triangular pattern.  If you notice with today's card I did just that.  You can see each set of three images round the card.  
  • Stamp the sentiment before stamping the smaller images.  By doing this it will allow you to arrange the other elements and have enough room for that sentiment.  Which we all know is the main focus of the card even through we sometimes forget.  
Tropical Chic Stamp Set, 2017-2019 In Colors, Stampin' Up!, Rick Adkins
  • Start larger and then trim down to the size you want to end with.  Like here I started out with a piece of cardstock that was the actual size of the card front.  After stamping I trimmed it down to fit the card and it gave it a nice boarder on the card base.  But this also allows me to pick and choice areas that look the best.  For example if I had a little mark on one edge I could just simply trim that away.  
Tropical Chic Stamp Set, 2017-2019 In Colors, Stampin' Up!, Rick Adkins


  • Save your trimmed off edges so you can add them to the inside of the card.  This allows for a cohesive look from the outside to the inside.  Super easy tip but often over looked.  So don't throw them away.  Those little pieces are gold.  
Thanks for dropping by today for this weeks Saturday Simple Stamping Episode I hope that you have enjoyed today's card using the fantastic Tropical Chic Stamp Set.  It is perfect for Spring, Summer cards as well as cards during the other seasons that you want to add a little heat to.  All the supplies you have seen today can be picked up in my online store 24/7 by clicking on the shopping tab above or by clicking on the item in the shopping list below.  

Happy Stampin' 
Rick Adkins 

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