Hi friends! Happy Monday and happy last day of 2018! Where has the year gone?! Don’t miss the floral beauty of projects by the always amazing and inventive Suzy Plantamura! Read on for more information and enjoy!
I’m back with a “one stamp, five ways” post today using a new stamp set from the You Are Loved release called SO LOVED! I picked this set to highlight as I love flowers and I especially love sets that offer you both outline and flat images to layer. This set is extra large and has tons of sentiments also making it ideal for making multiple cards.
I always have a stack of premade backgrounds that I use for cards to speed up the process. I have two blog posts with examples and directions on that HERE and HERE. This one was made by watercoloring yellow stripes. I wanted to show you a different technique for using the stamps on each of my cards, so below each, I have some tips I used.
- Stamp your images with a light color of ink and color in with colored pencils or Copics (I used pencils for these)
- After they are done, doodle an outline around them with a fine-tip black marker; I purposely do two lines so it doesn’t matter if I make mistakes and because I like the look of it
- Combine multiple stem sections overlapping where they join with leaves
- Stamp your sentiment directly on the card front and then when you mess up as I did (hahaha), you can restamp it on a banner die and place it over it!
- I always finish a card with either Tonic Nuvo Drops, sequins, or jewels as I did here; I just like that finishing touch and texture!
This is my favorite card of the bunch. I would love to hear which one you like the best! I love cards with white backgrounds, especially one layer ones! But I can’t make simple cards – I wasn’t blessed with that skill haha! What I like about this one is it looks kind of simple, but it has lots of details. The little drops of clear Nuvo Drops give the background some extra interest and texture.
- Floral stamp sets usually come with some larger images and smaller images; for the card above, I only used the larger flowers and leaves; for this card, I used all of the smaller flowers and leaves
- Arrange your stamped images into a wreath shape when you have a large sentiment you can use on the inside of it; when arranging a wreath shape, have images go both directions so all of your stamps will work in the design
- Stamp the sentiment with a light color of ink as well as the flowers; color over it with colored pencils so it matches the look of the flowers; keep your pencils VERY sharp for this
- When doing no-line stamping using colored pencils, outline the images with a darker shade of the color you are using so they have outlines in the same color
- Use some jewels, Nuvo Drops, or sequins to fill in the open spaces in your wreath
This technique has two examples, so I actually have 6 cards to share with you. I wanted to use all of the flat stamps for 2-step stamping with colored inks (Do they still call it that? They used to in my Stampin’ Up days!). I used SSS colored inks for this version. Both of these cards are randomly stamped, which means I stamped all of the images going in all directions over the card front.
- Stamp the base (flat stamp) with a lighter color and the outline stamp with a shade darker of the same color
- Clean your stamps between colors; I thought I could just wipe mine off, but the yellow showed through on my blue flower in the center of the card (I kept going as I hate to throw mistakes away, so please don’t notice!)
- Purposely (or accidentally!) make the outline not fit directly on the flat stamp to add interest
- On flat stamps, apply the ink to it, then apply a slightly darker ink to it on the outlines before you stamp it so it has shading (you can see I did this on the little flowers)
- This actually would have qualified as a one layer card, but then I die-cut a square out of it and stamped the sentiment on the card base underneath
This card is my second version of 2-step stamping. This card is also all of the stamps randomly stamped over the background. This time I used Distress Inks on watercolor paper.
- Stamp your flat stamp first, then your outline; while it is still wet, use a paintbrush with a little bit of water to move the colors around (I purposely went outside of the outlines for a messier look)
- Push your darker stamp pad on a flat surface and pick some up with a paintbrush to shade the inside area of the image
- For stamps that don’t have outlines, do the same technique I mentioned on the above card – press one color on the stamp first, and then press a darker color just on the outer areas of the stamp
- Add additional shading if you wish with colored pencils; also you can fix any borders that got messed up with too much water with pencils
- Layer more than one banner for your sentiment; I embossed this one in white on a blue banner, but it was so small it just got lost on the background; I added a white banner behind it and it stood out more
- Put your jewels or sequins just around the sentiment area to draw the eye to it – this works nicely on busy background cards
This is my second favorite card as I love the colors. I embossed all of the stamps with white embossing powder on white Ranger watercolor paper. I then used Daniel Smith watercolors to paint them all in. I embossed the sentiment in the center of the card using WOW Royal Crush embossing powder. You can see in the close-up image how it is purple, but it has a bright pink glitter in it. Definitely my favorite embossing powder ever!
- I use a Misti when doing this type of stamping as it makes it way easier; place your sentiment stamp on the paper first so you can see where it will be
- Arrange a few stamps around the sentiment and emboss those; then go in and add more, but layer them over each other just slightly so the white areas overlap
- Use a wash of watercolor for this type of messy painted card so the background is also the same colors; just go back into the actual stamped images and add a second layer of paint so they are darker
- Add some sparkling clear sequins to finish the card and draw the eye into the sentiment area
I love to watercolor, so this type of card is one of my favorite to make. I stamp all of the images first with a natural color of ink that is just a shade or two darker than the watercolor paper. You can overlap the images as all of the ink will get painted over – not need for blocking images as you stamp overlapping ones. I always use Arches or Fabriano watercolor paper for my more serious watercolored cards as the paints just move so nicely on the higher end papers.
- Use a light natural type color of ink and overlap images as I stated above since they will all be painted over
- Use colored pencils to add shading and depth to your painted images
- Add a darker shade to a flower with a colored pencil to really make the images pop as I did for these little tiny flowers in the bunches
- Do a light wash of watercolor on the background using some of the colors in your images to tie it all together – use LOTS of water so the colors are light
- Add in stems to some of the images in your bouquet with a green colored pencil so each flower or leaf stamp appears to go all the way to the bottom
- Emboss a sentiment in the top corner; I prefer to use embossing powder on this type of cold-pressed watercolor paper as sometimes regular ink doesn’t show up enough on the paper (if you do use ink, use a Misti so you can stamp it several times)
- Add some Tonic Nuvo Jewel Drops around the background in all of the colors used so they are light like the background
That’s it – five ways to use this stamp set with six examples. Do you see why I love this one so much now? The large array of stamps in it give you the option of creating big floral bouquets or dainty floral wreaths. There are enough sentiments to use a different one on all five cards, plus there are lots of small ones I didn’t even use. Have fun trying out these techniques with different stamp sets in your collection so you can get the most use out of each one. I try to make at least 5 cards with each set I purchase so I really get my money’s worth. Have a fun time creating friends and thanks so much for visiting today! Suzy
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