Thursday, April 16, 2020

Stampin' Up! Corporate Blog Post - Timeless Tropical Masculine Vs. Feminine

Timeless Tropical Masculine Vs. Feminine
Hello, everyone! My name is Lauren Alarid. I’m a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator in California and 2019 Artisan Design Team member, and I am so happy to be sharing my creativity on the company blog (link to all of Stampin' Up!'s corp. blog posts here). Today I wanted to share with you the awesome versatility of the Timeless Tropical Bundle by creating both a feminine and masculine version with the same layout.
Being able to use a set for multiple occasions and purposes is always something that has been important to me in a stamp set. It can be especially tricky at times to be able to use one stamp set for both feminine and masculine cards, but if you can come up with a simple layout and a great set like the Timeless Tropical, you get more bang for your buck.  
As mentioned before, for each card I started out with a basic layout. I began with (what is more challenging for me) the masculine card. The palm trees image is a great neutral image that works great and it allowed me to use more masculine tones. I first used my Many Marvelous Markers (Pear Pizzazz and Garden Green) to create two-tone palm fronds and then used the Soft Suede marker for the trunk. I stamped it once on some scrap paper to be die cut out and then in second generation ink (stamped off twice) onto a die cut panel made with the 2nd largest rectangle from the Stitched Rectangles Dies. 
To really give this card a more distressed, masculine look, I created a textured and torn double-layer panel. I created this by first taking a 4” x 5 ¼” piece of Gray Granite Cardstock and ran it through my embossing machine with the Corrugated 3D Embossing Folder. Next, I embossed another panel of the same dimensions, made with Gary Granite Cardstock with the Coastal Weave Embossing Folder. After embossing it with the weaved embossing folder, I tore some of the edges of the longest sides of my panel so that, when layered on top of the corrugated one, you could see both types of texture (almost like when you tear away a layer from a packing box). This extra step gives my card a more roughed up effect which contributes to the masculine look I was gong for. The picture below shows an up-close look at all that gorgeous texture.    
For my feminine version, I used a lot of the same colors and materials, with a few differences. To get a softer look, I stamped my floral images in Flirty Flamingo Ink onto Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper. Then I used my Aqua Painter over the images with just clean water from the brush to get a soft pink result.
For my white panel, instead of the stitched rectangle, I used the largest rectangular shape from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies. I also added a few gems in the center of my flowers as well as for accents.
To finish both cards off, I added some Braided Burlap Trim behind my sentiments (I pulled apart and tattered the ribbon more for my masculine version), some Linen Thread, and a few Tropical Oasis Trinkets.
I hope that you have enjoyed my projects today. It’s so great when we can get more use out of our sets and create endless possibilities with them. I hope that you give your sets a second look to see how many other ways you can create with them, and really make them shine!
Happy Crafting!
Lauren Alarid
2019 Artisan Design Team
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  1. What darling cards!! I LOVE the trees and the burlap on the first card. The way you clustered the flowers on the second is delightful. Beautiful design.

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