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Flower Stamping-Recycle and Reuse Challenge

The theme for our Saturday Stamp Club card swap in August was "recycle and reuse." 

Here's my contribution:

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I kicked ideas around in my head for awhile because after all, the possibilities of what could be used for this challenge were endless.  One morning I was out in my garden dead heading flowers when I had a light bulb moment.  Why not stamp using flowers!

I cut a pretty zinnia bloom and headed into the house!  I got out some acrylic paint and a brush and started experimenting.

I don't have a big selection of acrylic paint in my crafting stash.  Two of the colors I have are Cranberry and Golden Straw.  I mixed the two together on a plastic lid to get a fun color palette:

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I inked up the zinnia bloom by placing it right in the paint,

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then stamped it on a piece of Whisper White card stock.  I stamped it a few times without reinking the flower just to see how it would do.  The 1st stamping is the one in the upper left.  See how it is kind of globby?  I just kept stamping and got a different image each time.

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When I had my technique down, I created the 7 images I needed for the card swap. Each image is different!  So cool!

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I found that I could get 3-4 stamped images before reinking the flower again.  After reinking, I would stamp off onto my work sheet so I wouldn't have globby images.  Here's what my work sheet paper looked like when I was done.  So pretty, and I couldn't even think of throwing it away.  It was used for another project which I'll share soon.

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For the matting and to continue on with the recycle and reuse theme, I used the white card board backing that comes in the packaging for Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up!  I simply painted it with the Golden Straw acrylic paint.

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Did you notice the "Bloom!" in the lower left hand corner?  I was experimenting building a greeting using the  Designer Typeset Photopolymer Designer set from Stampin' Up!  In the end, I went with my favorite greeting from Bloomin' Marvelous.

So fun!  Be sure to check back over the next few days as I will be sharing some other creations using this technique.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Bloomin' Marvelous

Ink: Strawberry Slush, various acrylic paint found at my local hobby store

Paper: Whisper White

Accessories: zinnia, brush, plastic lid, packaging from Designer Series Paper, Dimensionals


Happy Stampin'!