Serene Garden – a study of three techniques

Here in the Midwest we had a long harsh winter.  Snow all the way into the latter weeks of April.  Now, in May, we have Summer.  No spring this year, just right to heat and humidity.  I love spring, it is my favorite time of year, but none for me this time.  However, the flowers are blooming, my hanging baskets are out and the grass is green and healthy.

I played with one of my pre-order stamp sets and coordinating framelit dies Serene Garden and the Garden Scene Framelits available June 1. I’ve create three different style of cards using various techniques available with this bundle. I hope you enjoy the versatility of this set as much as I did.


I was actually playing around with the stamp set to get a feel and ended up with something I liked.

I stamped colored an die cut the bird and mounted it all on a card base left over from the tutty frutie cards and envelopes from this years Sale-a-Bration.  It happen to be lying on my desk and I realized it would be the perfect card base for my image.  I’ll add a sentiment of some sort prior to giving it out.


I used markers to color in just bits of the image, leaving most of the image white for effect.


In my second card I stamped the large image on Granny Apple Green with Mossy Meadow then snipped it out.  I added additional leaves using one of the dies that cuts out only a few of the leaves from the image.  There was an awful lot of white space when I finished so I used another new die set, Springtime Impressions Thinlits with the Butterfly. The sentiment is from the new Itty Bitty Greetings with the Classic Label Punch.


I stamped then punched the sentiment with the classic label and the sentiment all the way over to the left.  Then I attached the sentiment to a longer strip of paper and inserted it again into the punch to shape the right side closer to the sentiment.  That allowed for another Classic label punch to be layered behind.


The Stamp set and framelit bundle have new interesting additions.  The largest die is actually an embossing die, not a cutting die.  So many things you can do with it to add texture There are coordinating pieces that cut out portions of the stamped or embossed image, or can add to the embossed image.

This card is a straight up case from the 2018-2019 catalog on page 166.  I only changed the colors a bit to suit my personality. in the sample in the catalog I was drawn to the framing done with the stamped leaves plus the peek through technique with the embossed image on top and the stamped image underneath.  Classy, very classy.


I experimented with how to get the best embossed look with this die with my Big Shot. I first had to use the cutting die for the leaves, then emboss using the gray mat in the new embossing mat product to get the deep embossing I was looking for.  The thicker gray mat is to be used when embossing and cutting (some dies do both).   Each big shot machine is it’s own so experiment until you find what works best for you and your machine.




Thank you for visiting today.  I love and appreciate all your comments and will answer any question you might have.

On June 1 I’ll be posting my retired items for sale.  This is my way of reducing my stock so I can purchase more from the new catalog.  I know many of you have purchased from me before so be on the lookout.


It’s always a great time to consider getting a 20% discount on every product you order by signing up to be a Demonstrator.  No selling is required, Hobby Demonstrators – those who really just want the discount for themselves – make up the largest portion of the Stampin Up Demonstrator Community.

To join, and enjoy all these and other newly released products before June 1, pay $99 and receive $125 of products of your choice, including items from the new June catalog. Because there is NO SHIPPING CHARGES that right there is about 35% discount on your purchase.  There is no obligation to purchase any additional products, but of course I hope you do.  There will be more products available in the new June Annual catalog as well as the Holiday catalog comes out in August for demonstrators and September for customers.  Then the Occasions Catalog is released in December to Demonstrators including the Sale-A-Bration free item promotion also available to demonstrators.

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About Lynn

Thanks for visiting my Site. My name is Lynn Kolcun and I'm a Stampin Up Demonstrator. I love being creative with paper and ink, learning new techniques and sharing my craft with you.


  1. Wow, Lynn! Each of these projects is GORGEOUS, and I love how you’ve walked us through three of the ways to make this set shine. Love it!

    • Thanks Brian. I’m trying out this method of posting with multiple projects to see how I and everyone else likes it. Next up is Rooted in Nature.


  2. These are such pretty cards! I have to say I was “on the fence” about this set but you have pushed me over onto the BUY IT side with your cards.

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