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 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.
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 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!
To create the white floral image on my second card, I stamped the image with watermark ink onto a piece of white cardstock and then embossed the background with 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.
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 Butterfly Pair Stamp & Cut set onto pieces of 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 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 Kelly's Labels Stamp & Cut set.
There is still plenty of time to participate in the current Fabulous Flowers Challenge!
Wishing you a wonderful week,