Saturday, April 11, 2020

Easter 12 x 12 Sampler - Easter Promise Stamp Set

Hello and welcome to my blog; today I am going to share with you the Easter Sampler I made a few weeks back.  I used the Easter Promise and Artisan Textures Stamp Set for most of the sampler.  Samplers are a great way to create custom home decor pieces for your home with supplies you may already have around your house.  I mean really they are just some cardstock, stamped images, embellishments and designer series paper arranged in a super pretty way.  I did a little watercoloring on my Easter Sampler using my Watercolor Pencils.  Here's a look at the Sampler.  

Easter Promise Stamp Set, Artisan Textures Stamp Set, Easter Sampler, Rick Adkins, Stampin' Up!

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As with any sampler I create I first start by picking out what I want to focus on.  I knew I wanted to do a Easter Sampler, but with all the cute Easter stamp sets in the January-June Mini Catalog I had to narrow it down.  I ended up picking the Easter Promise Stamp Set.  The Easter Promise Stamp Set allows you to create messages of hope with the Easter greetings and springtime flower images.  Once I had the stamp set picked out it was time to decide on a color theme.  I went with a few of my favorite springtime colors; Soft Seafoam, Gorgeous Grape, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, and threw in a little Granny Apple Green just for fun.  Next I figured out how big I wanted everything to be and how many squares I wanted to use.  So I cut all the pieces for the basic set up.  I did eight Gorgeous Grape squares in 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 and one at 3 1/2 x 3 1/2.  I then started cutting my white pieces.  3 x 3 and 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 for the center.  I stamped the images I knew I wanted to watercolor first so that they would dry.  

I started with my center panel and colored the crocus flowers with my watercolor pencils.  I softened the color with my blender pen.  I love to use the blender pen to color and watercolor images.   To me they are much easier to work with than the Aqua Painters, because of the fine tip I and very little moisture that comes out.  Once I had everything colored I repeated the process for the other two images.  I placed the center panel onto my 12 x 12 whisper white cardstock, after matting it with the one 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 piece of Gorgeous Grape.  I then started arranging everything else around it.  For the cross square next to the largest square I added a little Daffodil Delight Designer series paper that was cut using one of the stitched squares from the Stitched Shapes Dies.   I also cut out the cross image with a smaller one.  I embossed a piece of Melon Mambo cardstock with the Ornate Floral 3D Embossing Folder before putting it all together.  

I stamped the other floral image in the top panel in Gorgeous Grape Ink and used one of the images from the Artisan Texture Stamp Set to add a little color to the image.  I stamped off twice to achieve the lighter color.  For the center panel at the top I used some of the Very Vellum Sale-A-Bration paper in the background over a piece of Whisper White and then used the Cross of Hope Dies to cut one cross from Gorgeous Grape Cardstock, one from Gold Foil, and one from the Vellum.  I layered them all up and added some of the Purple Tricolor Ribbon behind and placed the crosses together over it.  

For the bottom panels I used the floral images again, using first, second and even third generation stamping to get the look I wanted.  You will notice that you will see all the colors, images, and techniques repeated in my sampler at least three times.  This creates a very pleasing visual interest to the sampler and to the eye.  

 Thanks for dropping by today I hope that you have a wonderful and safe Easter Holiday.  You will find a list of all the supplies I used below so that you can make your very own sampler.  
Happy Stampin' 
Rick Adkins 

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