Welcome to the May Scrap ‘N Stamp Floral Frenzy Blog Hop!
Don’t you just love this graphic that Raya, the owner of Scrap ‘N Stamp, created?! It’s gorgeous! And it completely captures what this month’s hop is all about – flowers! After all, it is May, and we all know that “April showers bring May flowers”! If you haven’t done a blog hop before, you’re in for a treat! Each member of the Design Team has created at least one themed project to share with you. To see what each designer has created, you just need to click on the link provided on each blog, that will take you directly to the next member’s blog. Easy-peasy, and you won’t miss a single project! At the end of each blog you’ll also find a complete list of the Design Team, so you can go back to their blogs & have another look at their projects. If you’ve followed along since the start, which was Tara’s post on the Scrap ‘N Stamp blog, you’ll have arrived here from seeing Nancy F.’s amazing project. She is so talented! So – let’s not waste any time – here is my first project for the Scrap ‘N Stamp Floral Frenzy Blog Hop!
This gorgeous stamp set is called Perfect Pairing, by Penny Black. It has beautiful floral images, as well as butterflies and sentiments. It’s such a lovely set that I couldn’t resist – I had to create 2 cards to share with you! The first uses the border image of flowers, and is coloured with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers on watercolour paper.
I first created a background on the watercolour panel, using The Crafter’s Workshop Plaid Fringe Stencil. I blended on some Spun Sugar Distress ink with a large Life Changing Blender Brush through a die cut oval shape I used as a mask. I wanted to keep the background light, so as to not take away from the flowers.
Next, I stamped the image in Versafine Clair ink in Nocturne. This is a great ink to use for watercolours, and it’s a fine ink, so it picks up all the details in the image. To add the colours, I first scribble the ink onto a slick surface, like a clear block or piece of acetate. Next, I pick up the ink with a wet water brush, and then apply it to the image. This gives me better control, so that I can add more colour for shading and blending.
After the images was dry, I wet the area surrounding the image with my water brush, and then applied a very wet, light layer of blue around the image. This provided a bit of shadow and emphasis on the image.
To finish off the front panel, I die cut the word hello twice (using a die from my stash) and layered them together. The die cut word is attached with Tombow liquid glue, and the word ‘friend’ stamped underneath it in Picked Raspberry Distress ink. The front panel is then attached to a dark pink panel, and then finally to a light pink card base – both cardstock from the Lawn Fawn ‘Sherbet’ pack.
To add a bit of sparkle, I went over the images and sentiment with my Clear Wink of Stella glitter pen.
FLOWERS IN A VASE
This is the second large floral image in the Perfect Pairing stamp set-two flowers in a vase. I’ve been dying to try using alcohol inks for painting, so that’s what I did! It required a bit of prep work, but it’s very do-able and I am really happy with the results.
If you’ve worked with alcohol inks, then you know that they’re made to flow and blend, on non-porous surfaces. So to use them for painting a specific image, you have to create a barrier, to keep the ink contained! To do that, cut a panel of heavy weight white cardstock, and stamp the image in Versafine Clair – Nocturne ink. Cover it with Clear embossing powder, and heat set. Repeat this at least 2 more times – each time stamping, and heat setting another layer of embossing powder. By doing this at least 3 times, you’ve built up the lines of the images, to keep the ink within the lines. (memories of your first colouring book coming back to you?)
The easiest way to do the repeated stamping is by setting up your cardstock and stamp in your stamping platform. That way, your stamp is always in the same place, and will always line up perfectly.
COLOURING THE IMAGE
Now that you’ve got your embossing done, you’re ready for the fun part – colouring! If you have good brushes you use for watercolouring, I suggest you DON’T use those! I have expensive watercolour brushes, and I don’t want them compromised by alcohol inks and blending solution. Not to worry – Scrap ‘N Stamp carries a Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Tool Set, which includes 3 brushes of different sizes, plus a Mini Mister.
Get ready to paint by adding a couple of drops of each colour to a non-porous surface, such as a craft mat. In a small glass container, pour a little bit of Alcohol Blending Solution. Dip the finer brush into the blending solution, and then the lighter colour of ink, to add the ink to your petals. Repeat this until you’re happy with the base colour, and then go back and add your darker colour for shading. The colours I used for the flowers are Flamingo and Watermelon, with Valencia for the centers. I used Turquoise for the water, and Limeade for the stems.
To finish off the card, stamp the sentiment from the Penny Black Sentiment Collection stamp set in Versafine Clair – Nocturne ink in the upper right corner. Heat emboss it with Clear embossing powder. I then added a few droplets from my stash around the image. I was really happy with how the image turned out, and didn’t want to add too much else to the front.
CONTINUE WITH THE SCRAP ‘N STAMP FLORAL FRENZY BLOG HOP!
I hope you’ve enjoyed my projects for today’s Hop! Thanks for spending some time with me 🙂 If you’d like to add some of the supplies I used to create these projects to your own stash, I’ve included links below. They’ll take you directly to the products, in the Scrap ‘N Stamp online store.
Be sure to head to the next stop in our Blog Hop – the amazing Kia! You definitely don’t want to miss her amazing project; Kia always knocks off my socks with her talent.
Before you head off – leave a comment on this post, and let me know what you think of my projects! There will be one WINNER for a $50 Scrap ‘N Stamp Gift Certificate randomly drawn from all comments left on all of the blogs!
LIST OF DESIGN TEAM BLOGS
Just click on the name to head directly to that post!
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