Last week, Kimberly Van Diepen who is my up-line and also a member of the 2015-2016 Artisan Design Team and The Creative Team issued a challenge. She provided a sketch to her team and asked us all to design a card. Interpreting the sketch was totally up to us. The circles could be anything, including flowers, hearts, or even framelits. We could move the sentiment if we wanted. We could add designer paper, background stamps, embossing, … whatever our hearts desired.
Here’s The Creative Team’s sketch:
And, here’s the card I designed. I was so happy with the way it turned out!
I saw a card on Pinterest where the creator used this technique, and I thought it was so gorgeous that I just had to try it myself. Let me explain how I did it so you can try too!
I stamped and cut out all my flowers and leaves using the Botanical Blooms stamp set and coordinating Botanical Builder Framelits Dies. You can purchase these products in a bundle for 15% off. I cut the flowers out of Watermelon Wonder, Blushing Bride, and Mint Macaroon cardstock, and the centers out of Hello Honey cardstock. Then, I stamped the leaves with Mossy Meadow ink on Mossy Meadow and Old Olive cardstock and cut them out with the coordinating Botanical Builder Framelits.
Next, I used Sponge Daubers to color the centers of the flowers and centers. For the Watermelon Wonder and Blushing Bride flowers, I used Watermelon Wonder ink. Then for the centers, I used Watermelon Wonder ink and then I used a Q-Tip to add Soft Suede ink to the very center so it was super dark.
For the Mint Macaroon flower, I sponged with Mint Macaroon ink.
Afterwards, I very carefully shaped my flowers with a bone folder. I was also real careful to remove all the little hairs that stick to the edges after die cutting.
Now the fun part! I used a Versamark ink pad to add ink directly on top of each flower, leaf and center and completely saturate them with ink. Then, I carefully picked each one up and covered it with Clear Stampin’ Emboss powder and heat set it. (I did one item at a time.) Tip: If you hold the Heat Tool directly above your flower, center or leaf, pointing straight down, you can melt the embossing powder without blowing the little bugger across your desk. But, you need to both turn on and turn off the Heat Tool while keeping the tool pointing straight down.
For added luster, add a second layer of embossing.
Because I shaped my flowers before embossing, I could easily use my fingers to make little alterations without ruining the pretty shine.
For my background, I used a sheet of Botanical Blooms Designer Vellum (free during Sale-A-Bration with a qualifying purchase of $50) attached to a matching piece of 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ Sahara Sand cardstock. I used SNAIL adhesive to adhere them together where I would later cover it up with flowers. Then, I cut the edge of both pieces together with a Botanical Builder Framelits Die. Afterward, I tied the two pieces together with Whisper White Baker’s Twine to hold the bottom together.
The sentiment on the bottom is from the Botanicals For You stamp set, another product you can earn for free during Sale-A-Bration. I stamped it with Mossy Meadow ink and then quickly embossed it in clear before the ink dried.
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