Hello friends! Today I have a “one stamp, five ways” post to share with you using one of the stamp sets from the brand new Hello Gorgeous release. I decided to use my favorite stamp set from the release called Mom’s Spring Flowers. Although the stamp set only has one floral grouping image in it, I felt pretty confident that I could make 5 cards with it because it has so many great sentiments! Plus we all know I love to color flowers!
I started by stamping the floral image on white cardstock with black ink. I then colored the flowers in with a mixture of different colored pencils I have including Polychromos, Prismacolors, and Caran d’Ache Luminance. I like using a mixture of pencils since they all have different colors and blend differently. People often ask if I use gamsol to blend and I don’t. I use a blending pencil by Caran d’Ache that works so well – it is like a wax stick and just mixes all the colors together beautifully. I also often use a white Prismacolor to lighten areas (especially around the edges of flower petals) and mix colors as it is the most waxy of all of the brands.
I die-cut this piece and mounted it on a magenta card base. I embossed the sentiment with black embossing powder. I remember years ago when I first started making cards, watching a video by Jennifer McGuire where instead of using black embossing powder, she prefers to use black ink and emboss over it with clear embossing powder. I never really knew why until I embossed the sentiment on this card with black embossing powder. It didn’t cover that well and the letters didn’t look sharp. I learned my lesson when I tried the other way in another card in this post and got much better results! I added some Black Board and Pink Orchid Nuvo drops and a few sparkling clear sequins around the sentiment. I also used the black drops over the all the little dots in the center of the flowers.
My next card is a slimline design. I start all my slimline cards using the largest rectangle in the SSS Nested Slimline Rectangle dies to die-cut a white cardstock base. I then stamped the floral grouping with black ink on this piece and on a piece of masking paper. I cut the bottom flower out and attached it over the bottom of the grouping. I then stamped the floral group again with just the bottom half of the stamp showing. When I removed the masking paper, it looked perfect as a lengthened design for the slimline. I colored the flowers in with Copic markers. I used a warm gray to add shadows behind the images so they looked more dimensional.
I mounted this piece on Lawn Fawn Guava cardstock (my favorite color of all time as it’s a coral reddish color). I die-cut a banner out of the same cardstock and embossed a sentiment from the stamp set with Ranger white embossing powder. I attached that to the bottom of the card with foam tape beneath it. I used a sentiment from the new Foundations reverse sentiment labels below it. Last I added some sparkling clear sequins and Black Board Nuvo drops around the sentiments and on the center of the flowers.
I embossed the floral stamp on the top and the bottom of a piece of Arches cold press watercolor paper using Garden Patina embossing powder. I wanted the card to be all one color, so I painted the inside of the flowers with Tonic Shimmer Powders. I used a mix of colors in blues and greens so there would be a little bit of difference between the flowers and the leaves. I flicked some of the shimmer powder over the design once it was dry.
I stamped the sentiment with Intense Black Ink. By using my Misti, I was able to stamp it several times so I got it really black. Sometimes it takes multiple times when you are stamping on cold press watercolor paper. I then embossed over it with SSS clear embossing powder. Jennifer was right as it is a much crisper sentiment when you do it this way instead of using black embossing powder as I did in my first card. I added some Chalk Board Nuvo Drops to tie in the black around the sentiment. I also added some sparkling clear sequins.
This time I made a mini-slimline card by die-cutting a piece of Arches watercolor paper with the SSS Mini Slimline Rectangle dies. I like starting all my slimline and mini-slimline cards with these Simon dies as then I can mount them on colored cardstock once they are done which frames them. I embossed the floral image over the center with Ranger white embossing powder. It fit perfectly on this size/shape card front.
I painted in the design with Daniel Smith watercolors. I embossed a sentiment on a banner with white embossing powder. I added some sparkling clear sequins and Pink Orchid Nuvo drops around the banner.
I was trying to think of one more way to color the flowers, but I had already used Copics, colored pencils, watercolors, and shimmer powders! I like to show five different techniques with each stamp, so I had to think out of the box for this one. I decided to paper piece it which ended up rather time consuming, but I loved how it turned out. My advice would be to use this technique with a stamp set that has less petals on it! I started by watercoloring the background with just a wash of oranges and pinks on a piece of Arches watercolor paper. I stamped the floral design on this piece with black ink letting it hang off the edge so I would have room for a big sentiment on the bottom. Lucky for me, this ended up giving me less petals to fill in with paper although that wasn’t planned!
I then stamped the design on a bunch of my paper scraps in greens for the leaves and oranges and pinks for the flowers. I had just organized all my paper scraps from SSS card kits, so this was a perfect way to use some of them! I cut out each petal and glued it to the design in a patchwork fashion. I embossed a sentiment from the new XL Spring Greetings stamp set with Tim Holtz Wild Honey embossing glaze. I attached that to the bottom of the card with foam tape. I used some Nuvo drops in Ripened Pumpkin and English Mustard and some sparkling clear sequins around the sentiment.
I hope you enjoyed this “one stamp, five ways” post today. I do one of these posts on my blog each week. It is ALWAYS a challenge for me to think of 5 ways to use a stamp set, but I love that it stretches my creativity and makes me think of new ways to use my products. I ended up loving the patchwork paper piecing design I used on the last card and I never would have thought of using the stamp set this way if I didn’t challenge myself. Thanks so much for visiting today and enjoy the new Hello Gorgeous release! Suzy
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