Today’s card has been created – mainly – by using the large blossom stamp in the Blossoms in Bloom Stamp Set. I wanted to CASE the card in the catalogue but I wasn’t sure how it was done so I did a trial on scrap computer paper first. The part of the catalogue card I was particularly interested in is the darker centre. I stamped the large image using Purple Posy Ink and then I used a Dauber with Highland Heather Ink and sponged around the centre of the stamp and stamped the image again.
Needless to say it was necessary to use the Stamparatus because I didn’t want to have to line up such a large stamp! It was a good idea to do a test run on scrap paper first because it was obvious the darker ink had been rubbed around the inner part of the circle with a Dauber! After stamping the image again on another piece of scrap paper I used the Dauber in short straight lines going into the centre. This gave a much better irregular result. For the rest of the stamping, excluding the sentiment, I used my stamp blocks and I tested each idea onto my scrap paper images.
First were the stamens in the centre of each flower. My first colour choice was Crushed Curry but I rejected it because it was too dark. Next, I tried Daffodil Delight, and my third and final test was Daffodil Delight stamped off once! Then I wanted to add some leaves and my first colour choice was Granny Apple Green which was surprisingly too dark. My second choice was Pear Pizzazz which I thought was also too dark. My third and final colour choice was Soft Sea Foam and it worked a treat! I hadn’t thought about actually using my stamped image for a card, so I was now at the point when I had to give it some thought.
I chose to use HAPPY BIRTHDAY which is from the same stamp set. After I had lined it up on my Stamparatus, I stamped the sentiment using Highland Heather although with the benefit of hindsight I should have used Gorgeous Grape! I layered the sentiment on a strip of Gorgeous Grape Cardstock (CS) and cut it so it fitted from side to side about a third of the way up from the bottom. Next, I adhered the top layer on to a middle layer of Gorgeous Grape CS, and then onto a card base of Purple Posy CS. I had several Gorgeous Grape rhinestones leftover from the Noble Peacock Rhinestones and I used them to decorate the front of my card.
I stamped three of the smaller flowers in the bottom right-hand corner of the Whisper White CS top layer for the inside of the card. I used a smaller leaf stamp and also the spotty stamp for the stamens using the same colours as the main stamp on the front of the card. It was necessary to cover up half of the spots for the smaller flowers, but it all worked well. I adhered the layer onto a middle layer of Gorgeous Grape CS and then into the centre of the card.
The overall effect leaves the card looking quite plain but it’s a beautiful water coloured effect! That’s it from me today. I look forward to being back with tomorrow which is my birthday. The weather forecast is 50% chance of rain and we are booked to visit the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) gardens in Wisley! We will see! Please take care and stay safe. Happy crafting.
Cardstock Layer Sizes: A4
Card base 8¼” x 5¾” scored and folded at 4 1/8”
Middle 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”
Middle layer: 2 pieces 4” x 5¼”
Top layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”
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