If you purchase the Eastern Palace Premier Bundle and start playing with all the pieces, you will find that this Bundle has incredible creative potential. Who would think with something called “Eastern Palace” that you could make a beautiful sunflower with the Eastern Medallion Dies?
To make this sunflower card I decided to make a woodgrain background on the Crumb Cake card base. I stamped the whole card front with the Hardwood Wood-Mount Stamp. This is a large background stamp, and I recommend getting the wood-mount with background stamps because it is just easier to have that large stamp already mounted on the wood block when you want to use it.
Instead of stamping the “regular” way with a background stamp, I recommend, placing the stamp face up on your table, inking with the ink pad, and then placing the card on the stamp. Rub with your fingers to transfer the ink to the card. Cover with a piece of scrap paper if you want to keep ink off your fingers. I love these big background stamps!
To make the sunflower, use the die cut and Big Shot. The interesting thing about a lot of these dies is that they do not cut all the way through, which is a good design element for certain things, and if you want it separate, just snip the points where the die cut is still attached.
I just needed to snip the tiny bit in between the points (petals) with my Paper Snips, a great pair of scissors for this job!
For the flower center, I used Chocolate Chip Cardstock for the top design and Early Espresso for the contrast underneath. You can really just make this center with whatever dies you like, maybe just one layer if that is all you want. The Layering Circle Framelits Dies are really handy to have if you purchase this Premier Bundle or even if in June you purchase just the Eastern Medallion Thinlits Dies. For the dies that do not cut all the way through, you can use a circle die to cut out the piece to use separately.
During the month of May, you can purchase one of two Bundles in this Eastern Palace Suite. I recommend the Eastern Palace Premier Bundle because you get EVERYTHING in it, even a FREE GIFT of the new Very Vanilla THICK Cardstock and a package of Very Vanilla Envelopes. If you prefer or if you are a newer stamper, you might like the smaller Bundle, the Eastern Palace Starter Bundle, just as well, to get your started. It also comes with a FREE GIFT, a package of the new Very Vanilla Notecards and Envelopes. Check out both Bundles and see which one is for you! Remember, these products WILL be available in the new Stampin’ Up! Catalog, but they will not all be bundled together except for the stamp set and dies. And no free gift! Get your Bundle by May 31.