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Hello and welcome! In today's blog post I am sharing with you how I made this bold set of cards using Stampin' Up!'s Tasteful Touches stamp set and the coordinating Tasteful Labels dies. These cards feature ink blending with sponge daubers and coloring with alcohol markers (Stampin' Blends)
Stampin' Up! Tasteful Touches Card Set | Make Beautiful Cards | Andrea Walford

Have you ever bought a stamp set that you weren’t 100% sure about?

Well, that was me with the new Tasteful Touches stamp set from Stampin’ Up!

When I first saw this set in the 2020-2021 catalogue, I thought it was pretty but “not my style.” All the samples shown had a very vintage, rustic, or shabby chic vibe. All styles which I tend to struggle with. It’s not that I don’t like those styles – I actually really do. It’s just that I’ve never been super great at creating cards in those styles.

Because of that, I was going to take a pass on this set. But then…at the very last minute, I decided to add it to my Stampin’ Up! demonstrator pre-order.

Why? Because this year I’ve decided to challenge myself to try products I wouldn’t normally buy, color schemes I’ve never used, and styles and I’m not comfortable with.

This stamp set was the first one that fit the bill of my “creative resolution.”

After using the set, I have to tell you, I am in LOVE with it!

So in love, that I can’t stop creating with it LOL!

So far I’ve used it to create a card for my Card Making for Beginners video tutorial series. I’ve also created a more intermediate level card (with video tutorial). I’ve used it for my exclusive tutorial of the month (see the picture on my home page)…AND I’ve created this set of cards I’m sharing with you today.

You’ll probably also see at least one or two more cards using this set before I’m ready to move on….

Here’s what the Tasteful Touches stamp set looks like (see picture below)…

Stampin’ Up! | Tasteful Touches Stamp Set

Stampin' Up! Tasteful Touches Stamp Set

Stampin’ Up!’s Tasteful Touches is a cling mounted rubber stamp set. It has a total of 9 stamps. Five of the stamps are images and there are four greetings.

Of the five images, two of them are patterns with a very vintage/shabby chic feel. They can be used as individual elements on a card, or could be used to create a background.

The remaining three images also have a bit of vintage, shabby chic feel to them as many of the lines within the image are imperfect (not clean, crisp lines if you know what I mean).

The greetings were what first drew me to the set (and pretty much won me over) as I am a real sucker for greetings that have a script font combined with a sans-serif, thin-line all caps font.

The stamp set does have a coordinating die set which you can see below.

Stampin’ Up! | Tasteful Labels Die Set

Stampin' Up! Tasteful Labels Die Set

The die set comes with 10 different dies.

You’ll notice though, that all the dies are for labels. All the greetings in the Tasteful Touches stamp set will fit within at last one of the labels.

What you don’t get though, are dies to cut out the images.

Which is why I ended up doing a TON of fussy cutting for my projects. But that’s okay because surprisingly, I love fussy cutting.

Okay friends, now that you’ve seen the main stamp set I’ve used, let me introduce you to my card ideas.

Stampin’ Up! Tasteful Touches Card Ideas

One of the things I love most about this stamp set is that it can be used to create both simple cards and super intricate cards. Some of the cards I’m sharing with you in today’s post are quite intricate. However, they could easily be simplified.

I created my card base in the same way for all 5 cards.  Using my paper trimmer, I cut an 8 ½” x 11″ piece of  Basic Black CS in half at 4 ¼” to give me two 4 ¼” x 11″ pieces. I then scored each of these pieces at 5 ½” and folded them in half with my bone folder to create a 4 ¼” x  5 ½” card base. For my portrait cards, I oriented the card fold at the top. For my landscape cards, I oriented the fold to the left.

Stampin’ Up! Tasteful Touches Card 1 | Thank You

Stampin' Up! Tasteful Touches Card Set | Make Beautiful Cards | Andrea Walford (Card 1)

Step 1. To create this card start with a 3⅞” x 5⅛” piece of Smoky Slate CS. Ink your ornate pattern stamp with Smoky Slate Classic ink. Stamp it off once onto your grid paper, and then stamp it onto your Smoky Slate CS piece. Repeat, offsetting the height of the stamped images. Set this piece aside.

Step 2. Stamp the flower image and the leaf image onto a scrap of Whisper White CS using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Color the flower image with the following Stampin’ Blends: Dark Mango Melody, Light Flirty Flamingo, Light Lovely Lipstick. Fussy cut both the flower and the leaf image. Cut the leaf image into two pieces. Set aside.

Step 3. Run your embossing powder tool over a scrap of Basic Black CS. Stamp the greeting from the Peaceful Moments stamp set onto your scrap using Whisper White Craft Ink. Heat emboss using White Stampin’ Emboss powder. Fussy cut the greeting using paper snips, making sure to cut the two words of the greeting apart.

Step 4. Place Stampin’ Dimensionals on the back of the fussy cut flower and position it on your stamped Smoky Slate CS piece (do not stick it down yet). Use the flower as a guide to help you decide where to put your leaves. Glue your leaves in place using Multipurpose Liquid Glue. Remove the backing from the Stampin’ Dimensionals on your flower, and stick your flower in place.

Step 5. Stick your fussy cut greeting to the card as shown. The word “Thank” has a mini Stampin’ Dimensional on the back of the right side, and the left side is glued directly onto the flower (no Stampin’ Dimensional necessary). The word “you” is glued directly to the CS.

Step 6. Center and stick your Smoky Slate CS panel onto a 4″ x 5 ¼” piece of Mango Melody CS. And then center and stick this piece onto your Basic Black note card.

Step 7. Embellish your card with clear rhinestones and silver metallic pearls. You’re done!

Supplies for Stampin’ Up! Tasteful Touches Card 1:

Stampin’ Up! Tasteful Touches Card 2 | You Are The Best

Stampin' Up! Tasteful Touches Card Set | Make Beautiful Cards | Andrea Walford (Card 2)

So here’s how to make card 2:

Step 1. Stamp the “you are the best” greeting in Whisper White Classic ink onto a piece of Basic Black CS. Heat emboss it with white embossing powder, and then die cut it using the die from the coordinating Tasteful Labels die set and a die cutting machine.

Step 2. Die cut two more labels using the same die as above – once from Mango Melody CS and once from Melon Mambo CS. Layer and stick the dies together as shown in the picture, offsetting them (Mango to the bottom right, Melon to the top left).

Step 3. Ink the feather up using a sponge dauber and Mango Melody and Melon Mambo Classic inks (try to say that fast 10 times!!!! 😂) and stamp onto a scrap of Whisper White CS. Repeat. Note: To ink the stamp I started by using my sponge dauber to ink top 3/4 of the stamp with Mango Melody ink. Then I took another sponge dauber and inked the bottom of the stamp with Melon Mambo – bringing the ink up the side of the stamp. I finished up by adding a little more Mango Melody overtop of some of the Melon Mambo ink so that they blend together to create a bit of orange. Fussy cut the feathers out.

Step 4. Cut a 3 ⅞” x 5 ⅛” piece of Smoky Slate CS. Stamp the building block image onto it in Smoky Slate Classic ink (as you see in the picture).

Step 5. Stick a feather to the bottom left of the matted label with liquid glue. Then, center and stick the matted label to the Smoky Slate CS piece with Stampin’ Dimensionals. But before you stick it down all the way, tuck the second feather just underneath the label with liquid glue and position it as shown in the photo.

Step 6. Center and stick the Smoky Slate CS piece to a 4″ x 5 ¼” piece of Mango Melody CS. And then center and stick this piece onto the front of a 4 ¼” x 5 ½” notecard created out of Basic Black CS.

Step 7. Embellish with silver metallic pearls and the rhinestone basic jewels. You’re done!

Supplies for Stampin’ Up! Tasteful Touches Card 2:

Stampin’ Up! Tasteful Touches Card 3 | Life Is Better

Stampin' Up! Tasteful Touches Card Set | Make Beautiful Cards | Andrea Walford (Card 3)

Here is how I made this card:

Step 1. Ink the feather up using a sponge dauber and Mango Melody Classic Ink plus Melon Mambo Classic Ink and stamp onto a scrap of Whisper White CS. Repeat. Note: To ink the stamp I started by using my sponge dauber to ink top 3/4 of the stamp with Mango Melody ink. Then I took another sponge dauber and inked the bottom of the stamp with Melon Mambo – bringing the ink up the side of the stamp. I finished up by adding a little more Mango Melody overtop of some of the Melon Mambo ink so that they blend together to create a bit of orange. Repeat two more times. Fussy cut the feathers out.

Step 2. Cut a 3 ¾” x 5″ piece of Whisper White CS. Stamp the ornate background stamp onto it twice, centered, and side by side, in Smoky Slate Classic Ink (as you see in the picture). Make sure to stamp off once each time (to create a lighter shade of Smoky Slate). I used a stamp positioning tool to help me align the images.

Step 3. Stick the feathers to the white stamped panel using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Step 4. Stamp the greeting in Whisper White Craft ink onto a piece of Basic Black CS. Heat emboss it with white embossing powder, and then fussy cut it. Stick it over top of the feathers, towards the bottom of the feathers, using liquid glue.

Step 5. Center and stick the white stamped panel to a 3 ⅞” x 5 ⅛” Smoky Slate CS piece with liquid glue. Then, center and stick this to a 4″ x 5 ¼” piece of Mango Melody CS. Center and stick this piece onto the front of a 4 ¼” x 5 ½” notecard created out of Basic Black CS.

Step 6. Embellish with silver metallic pearls and the Rhinestone Basic Jewels. You’re done!

Supplies for Stampin’ Up! Tasteful Touches Card 3:

Stampin’ Up! Tasteful Touches Card 4 | Good Things

Stampin' Up! Tasteful Touches Card Set | Make Beautiful Cards | Andrea Walford (Card 4)

Here’s how I made this card:

Step 1. Stamp the flower 2 times onto Whisper White CS and then color them in with the following Stampin’ Blends: Dark Mango Melody, Light Flirty Flamingo and Light Lovely Lipstick.

Step 2. Stamp the leaf branch twice onto Whisper White CS in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then fussy cut it out using paper snips.

Step 3. Stamp the ornate background image onto a 3 ¾” x 5″ piece of Whisper White CS twice in Smoky Slate Classic ink – I stamped off first each time because I wanted a softer, more subtle shade of ink.

Step 4. Stamp the greeting onto a scrap of Basic Black CS in Whisper White Craft Ink. Heat emboss with white embossing powder. Fussy cut it out.

Step 5. Assemble all the pieces on the card as shown. The bottom right flower is mounted with Stampin’ Dimensionals. the leaves and remaining flower are glued to the card with liquid glue.

Step 6. Center and stick the stamped panel onto a 3 ⅞” x 5 ⅛” piece of Smoky Slate CS, and then center and stick this onto a 4″ x 5¼” piece of Mango Melody CS. Finally, center and stick it to a 4 ¼” x 5 ½” notecard made from Basic Black CS.

Step 7. Embellish with silver metallic pearls.

Supplies for Stampin’ Up! Tasteful Touches Card 4:

Stampin’ Up! Tasteful Touches Card 5 | You Are So Special

Stampin' Up! Tasteful Touches Card Set | Make Beautiful Cards | Andrea Walford (Card 5)

Although I love all the cards that I created with Stampin’ Up!’s Tasteful Touches stamp set, I have to say that this one is my favorite. Even though it took the longest to make…by far. Here’s how I made this card:

Step 1. Cut a 3 ⅞” x 5 ⅛” piece of Smoky Slate CS. Stamp the large flower multiple times onto the background (leaving space in between), using Smoky Slate Classic ink. *Note: each time I stamped the flower, I inked up the stamp and then STAMPED OFF onto my grid paper, before I stamped onto my CS. I did this to soften the effect of the color.

Step 2. Create four flower masks using stamp masking paper. To do this, stamp the flower 4 times onto stamp mask paper, and fussy cut the mask out. Place the masks over the flowers you stamped on the Smoky Slate CS piece, and then ink and stamp the leaf image using VersaMark ink. I basically used the leaf image to fill in the empty spaces between the stamped flowers.

Step 3. Stamp the flower three times in Memento Tuxedo Black ink into on Whisper White CS. Color them with Stampin’ Blends. I used Dark Mango Melody, Light Flirty Flamingo and Light Lovely Lipstick for the flower petals. And I used Light Daffodil Delight and a touch of Dark Mango Melody for the flower centers. Fussy cut the flowers.

Step 4. Stamp the leaf image three times onto Whisper White CS using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Fussy cut the leaves with paper snips.

Step 5. Create the greeting with the “you are so special” stamp. To do this first mask the words “you are so” and stamp the word “special” with Whisper White Craft Ink onto a scrap of Basic Black CS. Heat emboss with white embossing powder. Clean the stamp well and then mask the word “special” while you repeat the above steps with the words “you are so.”

Step 6. Fussy cut the sentiments. For the “You are so” I used a ruler, X-Acto Knife and ruler. For the “special” I used my paper snips.

Step 7. Position the flowers onto your Smoky Slate stamped CS piece and use them as a reference to determine where to stick your fussy cut leaves. Stick the leaves in place with liquid glue. Stick the flowers over top using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Step 8. Stick the greeting to your card using liquid glue. Embellish with clear rhinestones and silver metallic pearls. You are done!

Supplies for Stampin’ Up! Tasteful Touches Card 5:

There You Have It, Friends!

Whew! That’s a lot of cards and a lot of step-by-step directions.

The thing is, once I started creating with this stamp set, once again, I just couldn’t stop. Every time I finished a card, another design or layout idea would pop into my head. So I just kept going and going and going.

If you sign up for this month’s exclusive tutorial you’ll get a video tutorial for another intermediate/advanced level card I created in this card series. To sign up, click on the picture in the top right sidebar. Note that the exclusive tutorial will only be available during the month of June 2020.

Also, if you are short on time and would like some quick and easy ideas using this stamp set, check out this card.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions of other things you’d like to see or learn, please leave me a comment below.

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Hey there! Welcome to my blog! My name is Andrea Walford. I’m an artist and maker, mom of 5, caregiver to my 99 1/2 year old grandpa and a proud 1/2 Mexican 1/2 Hungarian “woman of color.” 

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