The last few years have been, well, a lot. Between the pandemic, political uncertainty, and awareness of racial injustice, and the intersection of each, we are in need of affirming products to create cards and other papercrafted products. Starting today (February 1, 2022) Stampin’ Up offers the All Together Collection. The products in this collection will allow representation of our racial diversity as well as send messages of love and support. Even though I was able to get my hands on the products at the beginning of January since I am a demonstrator, I haven’t been able to play with them too much. But I am definitely planning on using them more. Before I show my projects, here are the parts of the collection.
The Here Together stamp set has several images and sentiments that evoke love and togetherness as well as affirmation of who we are. The Here For You dies will cut out the images as well as several large sentiments for emphasis. The All Together 6×6 DSP is Basic Black and Basic White, great for backgrounds and coloring. The outline images can easily be colored with the Natural Tones Stampin’ Blends. These alcohol markers come in a pair of a pink undertone and a yellow undertone marker. They are great for showing the richness of human skin tones as well as our animal friends. (Think of our stamp sets with otters, rabbits, deer, kiwi, the list goes on!)
As I mentioned, I have only been able to create a few cards with these products. The first was created for an Instagram Hop with Paper Crafters Unite Against Racism. I cut a 3×3 piece from one of the sheets in the All Together 6×6 Designer Series Paper. I then colored in each hand with different Stampin’ Blends from the Natural Tones collection. I then used Melon Mambo for the hearts, cardstock and to stamp the sentiment. I added a piece of Early Espresso Faux Suede Ribbon behind the sentiment to finish the card.
The second project highlights how the same stamp set can be used with the Natural Tones Stampin’ Blends to create different looks. The blonde hair was colored using the Bumblebee marker but the other hair and both skin tones were colored with the Natural Tones Stampin’ Blends. One used the pink undertone while the other used a yellow undertone. (I posted these cards in the blog post for the January NC Demos Blog Hop if you want to read more about them.)
As I said, I am really looking forward to creating more with this set. You can check out this video to know more about the collection. The Natural Tones Stampin’ Blends will carryover to the next catalog but the stamp set, dies and dsp will only be available until May 2 (or while supplies last).
Let me know what you think of these products and the projects. I can’t wait to share more on Facebook Live on my Facebook page, Papercrafting with Amanda, as well as on Instagram.