Thursday, September 3, 2020

Blossoms in Bloom

 Hello my friends! I hope you are all keeping well. It has been a very stressful past few weeks in my world. I won't get into it but it just makes me think that we all need to be kinder to others. We don't always know what they are carrying.....

So on to today's card. This card was made for a very good friend of mine. This gal is such a kind, caring, giving person that she deserves the best. She is always willing to help and was a huge part of me getting my blog going. We went to Las Vegas in November to Stampin' Up's Onstage. She was the perfect roommate and travel companion. I hope when we are able to travel again we will be able to do more trips together. This was a milestone birthday for her so I wanted to make a special card for her. She likes simpler cards so I didn't want to go over the top. I got the idea for this card from a card done by Anna Helman that I saw on Pinterest. This was a technique that I haven't done for a long time so was excited to give it a try again.

I started with a piece Basic Black cardstock. I attached it to a piece of adhesive sheet. I die cut out the outline of the blossoms using the corresponding die from the bundle. Then I placed a piece of Shimmery White cardstock on to my Stamparatus. I laid the die cut blossoms piece onto the piece of Shimmery White cardstock where I wanted the stamp to go. I placed the stamp over top of the die cut image and picked it up with the plate from my Stamparatus. I removed the die cut image and inked up the stamp using Seaside Spray ink. I added some Misty Moonlight and Night of Navy ink to the stamp using sponges. Then I spritzed the stamp with water and stamped the image onto the Shimmery White cardstock. It gives a watercolour look to the stamped image. I repeated the whole procedure and stamped the yellow flowers and leaves. For the leaves, I used Granny Apple Green and sponged on Garden green and for the yellow flowers, I used So Saffron and sponged on Crushed Curry. 

Once the stamped images had dried, I added the Basic Black die cut outline. I had to be very careful not to lose any of the center pieces. When I peeled the backing off of the adhesive sheet, they wanted to stick to the backing so I had to use my Take Your Pick tool to pick out each little piece. That was the only finicky part of this card.

I stamped the sentiment from the Peaceful Moments set with Stazon Jet Black ink and used my Stamparatus again. I was able to ink it up and stamp it twice to be sure it was a nice dark image. I layered the Shimmer White cardstock on to a Basic Black mat and attached these on to a Seaside Spray card base.

What I used for today's card:

Blossoms in Bloom Bundle

Peaceful Moments Stamp Set

Shimmery White Cardstock

Basic Black Cardstock

Seaside Spray Cardstock

Adhesive Sheets

Seaside Spray Classic Stampin' Pad

Misty Moonlight Classic Stampin' Pad

Night of Navy Classic Stampin' Pad

Granny Apple Green Classic Stampin' Pad

Garden Green Classic Stampin' Pad

So Saffron Classic Stampin' Pad

Crushed Curry Classic Stampin' Pad

Jet Black Stazon Pad

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed this card and will give this technique a try. It can be done with any stamp. Just ink up your stamp and then spritz it with water before stamping. It will give your stamp a watercoloured look and change it completely. I would recommend using either the Shimmery White cardstock or watercolour paper. Regular cardstock might be too thin and cause your image to spread rather than soak into the paper.

Stay healthy and keep creating!



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