Hello and welcome back! It's time for another Artisan Design Team blog hop, this time focusing on May Flowers. I love flower stamps! If you could see my stash of stamps, I wouldn't have to tell you that.
You're in for a treat because we have so much talent and so many different styles represented by these 20 women from around the globe. Please keep hopping through all 20 so you don't miss a thing! Be sure to use something like Google Translate for those blogs not in your native language. Also, you can find all of our projects for the year in one easy place, on our board. You might have just arrived from Krista Frattin, and I just know you loved her beautiful project as much as I did.
For this post, I chose to focus on the Helping Me Grow stamp set. I've been having a lot of fun with this set, and you can see some other projects I created with it here and here. For today's project I made two cards and two art pieces for my spring mantle decorations. You can see them all below.
Here is the first art piece. I cut a piece of the Vanilla Coasterboard (going to miss this as it's retiring), and stamped it with Hardwood Stamp Set and Sahara Sand ink. The coasterboard is a nice sturdy backing for the rest of your piece. The colors here are the retiring In Colors of Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey and Mossy Meadow. I love water-coloring with Blackberry Bliss as it always looks good! The small piece of ribbon is the Blackberry Bliss 5/8" Striped Cotton Ribbon, and I just trimmed one of the purple stripes apart from the rest of the ribbon to go under the label. The flowers were stamped in Versamark, heat embossed in clear, and then water-colored. I stamped the flower around the top edges, so it would look like lilacs cascading down.
Here's a closeup of the water-coloring.
Next is a second art piece, this time using Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow and Sahara Sand. I really love the Hello Honey to watercolor with to, but am just now discovering that as it's about to retire! Sniff, sniff...
I trimmed the Hello Honey ribbon out the same as above, and wrapped it around the edges to the back of the watercolor piece. The greeting is from the Circle of Spring Stamp Set. For both labels, I also heat embossed them in clear, and water-colored around the edges only.
Here are both of the pieces on my mantle, along with the Enjoy the Little Things Project Kit. I'm all ready for spring now!
So, on to the cards. For these card fronts, I stamped the images in the new Archival Basic Black ink onto Watercolor Paper. As I was coloring the background, I made sure to keep the darkest color at the top and make it lighter towards the bottom. I thought an ombre background with the flowers at the bottom would be pretty, and I'm really happy with the results. Here the colors used are Hello Honey, Sahara Sand (just a little to shade the flower petals), Tangelo Twist and Mossy Meadow.
I trimmed out the ribbon again, but used a longer piece and folded it a couple of times under the greeting. The card greetings are from the Helping Me Grow Stamp Set. I almost forgot to add that I colored in the flowers on all of these projects with the Clear Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush. You can see it well on and around the orange flower centers below.
Ok, one last card. Are you still with me? This one features Blackberry Bliss, Lost Lagoon and Mossy Meadow, and the same ombre background treatment.
I trimmed the ribbon again. Wish I would have discovered this earlier in the year too! More Clear Wink of Stella on the flowers below give them the finishing touch.
Ok, that's it for me today. But be sure to move on to Michelle Long as she has another fabulous project to share with you! You'll also find the supplies listed below. Thanks for stopping by.