To make today’s card I decided to stamp the large floral stamp from the Ornate Style Stamp Set and then fussy cut it. I didn’t have an idea in my mind what I wanted to do with it, apart from layering it on one of the large lacy dies. The image is quite large and was easy to fussy cut, albeit a bit time-consuming. Further than that, I didn’t have any plans for my card.
I checked the size of the die-cut image against the second to largest lacy die and there was too much of the image overhanging the edges. The largest die housed the entire image as well as having the space for a sentiment. I chose the HAPPY BIRTHDAY sentiment from the Peaceful Moments Stamp Set and stamped it directly on to the lacy die-cut. Next, I adhered the fussy-cut floral image at a slight angle above the sentiment.
Yes, I could have die-cut the frame first, and then stamped the image straight on to it – which is what I’d recommend if you don’t like fussy cutting – but the stamped image looks crisper than an image stamped straight onto the Whisper White Cardstock frame. I adhered the frame onto a layer of Purple Posy CS and then onto a Whisper White CS card base.
As I was confident I wouldn’t be using any Designer Series Paper on my card, I knew I could choose whatever colour I liked for the flowers. I chose to use lilacs and purples, partly because they’re my favourites but also I had four Stampin’ Blends to use. They are the Light and Dark Purple Posy and the Light and Dark Highland Heather.
Recently I have been colouring flowers and leaving fairly large white areas rather than colouring them solidly. The two large flowers on today’s card have been coloured solidly using the Light Highland Heather Stampin’ Blend. Next, I painted the two medium-sized daisy-like flowers – in the top left – using Dark Purple Posy. I painted from the centre towards the outside but stopped halfway and left the rest of the petals white.
Using The Light Purple Posy Stampin’ Blend, I coloured the ten primrose-like flowers from the outside inwards leaving a white gap between the Light Purple Posy and the Dark Daffodil centre. I painted the leaves using Light Old Olive first, and then I painted shadow lines using the Dark Old Olive areas. I went back with the light Old Olive to blend the colours together.
Once I had finished fussy cutting the image, I went around all the edges with my Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker to colour in the white areas on the edges. I think it’s doing this that makes the image look crisper than an image which has been stamped on to a piece of Whisper White CS. Inside the card, I added a layer of Purple Posy CS and a top layer of Whisper White CS.
I stamped most of the single daisy – I just cut off a bit of the stem – in the bottom right-hand corner and painted it in the same way as the daisies on the front of the card. Have you had a chance to look at the Ornate Garden Suite? What do you think of it? I’m loving using it and I’m pleased with the different ideas I’m coming up with. I must make sure I don’t neglect all my other stamp sets!
That’s it from me today. I look forward to seeing you tomorrow and in the meantime, take care, stay safe and happy crafting.
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