February, 10, 2016

Hello, about this time every year, after several months of cold temperatures, snow, and ice, I start anticipating all of the things that I love about the spring season. One thing at the top of my list is, of course, flowers. I'm lucky to be sharing a pair of cards today that I created using the beautiful, new [hero_product_link sku="S6150" text="Large Floral Background"] stamp. This card-sized image includes wonderful, stylized flowers and leaves!

I was inspired to use a collection of spring ink colors ... grass greens, sky blues, and sunshine yellows to create two backgrounds using both the positive and negative spaces of this floral stamp pattern. Then, I used these stamped images as the foundations for small collections of stamped images that I clustered on each card front to create focal points for the sentiments.

Large Floral Background by Jayne Nelson for Hero Arts

For my first card, I simply applied a small selection of distress inks across the entire stamp surface. To aid blending, I made sure that I only applied ink colors to the stamp in the same order that the colors appear on a color wheel - blue, green, and yellow. Then, I sprayed the entire inked surface with several light mists of water. I covered the wet stamp with a piece of [hero_product_link sku="PS610" text="white"] cardstock and gently rubbed the back of the paper to transfer the inked image. The result is a quick, easy and imperfect watercolor-style background!

Large Floral Background by Jayne Nelson for Hero Arts

To create the white floral image on my second card, I stamped the image with [hero_product_link sku="VC250" text="watermark"] ink onto a piece of [hero_product_link sku="PS610" text="white"] cardstock and then embossed the background with [hero_product_link sku="PW110" text="white embossing powder"]. Using the same selection of distress inks and a mini blending tool, I applied the ink, in color wheel order, directly to the cardstock over the embossed flowers. Using a dry paper towel, I removed the excess ink from the embossed images. If you love the look of the embossing, you can stop here - but I decided to remove the embossing powder by ironing it off with a warm iron placed over some copy paper. Then, I adhered both panels to white card bases. For variety, I cut card bases that were one-quarter inch longer in the back to create white strips along the lower edges.

Large Floral Background by Jayne Nelson for Hero Arts

To create a focal point on each card, I stamped and clustered a fun mix of assorted elements. I started by stamping and embossing the larger butterfly image from the new [hero_product_link sku="DC182" text="Butterfly Pair Stamp & Cut"] set onto pieces of [hero_product_link sku="PS622" text="green"] layering paper. After die-cutting the wings, I machine stitched these images to larger pieces of vellum. I love how you can still see the floral background behind the partially cut butterfly wings! I embossed white sentiments from the [hero_product_link sku="CL954" text="Many Everyday Messages"] set. I love how perfectly these messages fit on narrow strips of cardstock. Then, for a final bit of interest, I addeed a few, small labels from [hero_product_link sku="DC180" text="Kelly's Labels Stamp & Cut"] set.

Large Floral Background by Jayne Nelson for Hero Arts

There is still plenty of time to participate in the current Fabulous Flowers Challenge!

Wishing you a wonderful week,


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