Thanks for stopping by! Today's post is special - it's the monthly Stampers' Dozen Blog Hop featuring 13 wonderful Stampin' Up! Demonstrator "Leaders" from the US and Canada. Granted, you may already know that if you're coming from Janet's or Jodi's blogs.
This month's theme is "Two-Step Stamping". You probably use the Two-Step (or more) stamping technique without even realizing it! By definition, it is the process of layering multiple stamped images. There are all sorts of stamp sets throughout the catalog marked as "Two-Step". Most of them are photopolymer because it makes them SO much easier to line up.
As the catalog suggests on page 146, I decided to "Build a Terrarium" with Two-Step Stampin' using the Live, Love, Grow stamp set. Have you noticed this stamp set pictured on page 147 of the Annual Catalog. I gotta admit, I hadn't really noticed it until I was hunting down a unique two-step stamp set for today's post. But it was so fun to play with. It's also a great stamp set for those of us who don't consider watercoloring a strength!
I started my terrarium by stamping the "glass" cover. I love that even the glass "knob" on top is optional! I decided to cut mine out since there aren't any detailed cuts. I stamped the outline images in Black Memento Ink. The solid images were stamped in Watermelon Wonder, Delightful Dijon, and Cucumber Crush. The gravel is stamped in Sahara Sand and the solid gravel is stamped off Sahara Sand.
Now, you may be wondering why I decided to use a "Congratulations" sentiment on the front. Well, I used the Floral Phrases stamp set. The inside sentiment seemed a perfect fit: "May your love grow stronger, deeper, and more beautiful with every passing year." OH! Yep! That makes sense now, right?
It's hard to see in the photo, but I did some interesting layering. I adhered a 3-1/4" x 4-1/2" vellum card stock layer directly to the Sahara Sand base. I then layered a 2" x 4-1/4" strip of Serene Scenery DSP over the vellum with just a bit of the new Very Vanilla Lace trim poking out of the bottom. I wrapped some Linen thread around the 3" x 4-1/4" Whisper White layer before adhering that layer with dimensionals.
All of the supplies used to create today's projects are shown below. Feel free to click on each image to learn more about each product or purchase them in my online store. There's also a nifty link on the bottom left that'll allow you to create your own printable list of all of the supplies!
If you get lost along the way, here is a list of everyone involved in the hop this month (note these links will take you to their blogs and not directly to the hop post):