Today I’m expecting my delivery from Stampin’ Up! As a demonstrator, I’ve been able to pre-order the Ornate Garden Suite which is going to be on early release for customers on 1st April 2020. This suite will be available when the new Annual Catalogue goes live in June 2020. The products in this suite I’m itching to get my hands on most of all are the Ornate Border Dies and the Ornate Layers Dies. Click here to see the details of the Ornate Garden Suite Early Release.
Yesterday was my first play with the Breathtaking Bouquet Background Stamp. Although I thoroughly enjoyed colouring it, I have to say it wasn’t as easy to colour as the small floral design paper in the Flowering Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper (available as a Sale-a-bration gift) – see the card I shared on Monday. For me, colouring is like fussy cutting, i.e. very relaxing! I’ll certainly be using this stamp again! I have used the image “upside-down” to the image on the stamp box.
I stamped the image using Tuxedo Black Memento ink so I could do the colouring using the Stampin’ Blends. It was quite a challenge starting with the leaves first because it wasn’t always easy to decide if something was a leaf or a petal. Next time I paint this image I’ll start with the flowers first and see if that’s any easier! I used Granny Apple Green Blend for the leaves but I didn’t try any shading.
Next, I coloured the three largest flowers using the Dark Purple Posy Blend. After I had painted the first flower, I went over the top edge of each petal again using the same Blend. Then I went over the same areas again a second time and used the Light Purple Posy Blend to blend the light and dark together. There was a large bud-like flower which I assumed belonged to the three large flowers and although I coloured it the same way, it came up darker which often happens with buds!
Next, I painted the circles inside four flowers – two above the large flowers already coloured and two below – using Dark Daffodil Delight. Then I used Dark Highland Heather to colour the four flowers and I found the resulting colour was beautifully intense. I decided not to do any shading! The colour looks stunning as it is! This left me with two bell flowers on the left-hand side and three on the right-hand side all with upright stamens in the centre of each. They are so small I decided to colour them as if they were circles, again using my Dark Daffodil Delight Blend. To colour the actual bells I used Light Purple Posy but without trying any shading. I wanted the colour as light as possible and if I tried shading I think parts of the flowers would look close to the lightest areas of the three largest flowers.
I was left with white areas between the leaves and flowers which I decided soften by painting with Light Pool Party. This finished the image off beautifully! When I decided to make this card, I knew I was going to use the HAPPY BIRTHDAY sentiment from the Perennial Birthday Stamp Set, and this is why I used my image the opposite way up compared with the image on the box. I don’t like saying upside down because I don’t think there is a right or wrong way – do you?
I used my Stamparatus to stamp the sentiment onto a strip of Purple Posy Cardstock (CS) using Gorgeous Grape Ink. After cleaning my stamp, I stamped the sentiment using Versamark, sprinkled it with Clear Embossing Powder, and heat set it after I had tapped off the excess. It’s very easy to see the shine in some of the photographs – oh how I wish the Clear Wink of Stella Glitter shone like this in photographs! I layered the strip onto a slightly wider strip of Gorgeous Grape CS.
I took a piece of the Purple Posy Scalloped Linen Ribbon and cut it in half lengthways. Using Tear’n’Tape I adhered the ribbon behind the Gorgeous Grape CS layer so only the scalloped edging could be seen. I adhered the second half of the ribbon to the bottom half of the strip. I adhered the strip about an inch up from the bottom of my card. My final touch was adding one large and two small Glitter Enamel Dots (page 178 – 146934) either end of the sentiment.
To decorate the inside of the card I added a layer of Purple Posy CS and adhered a Gorgeous Grape stamped butterfly in the bottom right-hand corner. I had planned to add the butterfly on the outside of my card but it didn’t look right! The stamp was from the Positive Thoughts Stamp Set and die-cut with the matching die from the Nature’s Thoughts Die.
That’s about it from me today! I look forward to being back with you tomorrow, and in the meantime, happy crafting.
Cardstock Layer Sizes: (A4) Card base 8¼” x 5¾” scored and folded at 4 1/8” First layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5½” Top layer: 2 pieces 3¾” x 5 3/8”
Cardstock Layer Sizes: (Letter-size) Card base 8½” x 5½” scored and folded at 4¼” First layer: 2 pieces 4” x 5¼” Top layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”
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