Flower Stamping

Dandelion Flower Stamping-Nacho Average Color Challenge #92

Our color challenge this week over at the Nacho Average challenge site is Island Indigo, Perfect Plum and Crushed Curry.

Here is my contribution:

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The Crushed Curry in the challenge reminded me of dandelions.  So, this card was inspired by all the dandelions that are in full bloom around our property.  I know dandelions are usally considered weeds, but they earned my respect after a trip my Mom and I made to Russia in the spring of 2006.  We saw yellow as far as the eye could see in fields that were covered in dandelions. It was really beautiful.  Now when I see dandelions in my own yard, it takes me back to that adventure with my Mom.

To make this card, I started by adding a couple of drops of Crushed Curry reinker into the lid of a button/brad container.  I dabbed my cut dandelion in the ink and simply stamped on a piece of watercolor paper.  As I stamped, I got these little Crushed Curry speckles coming off the petals.  So, I added a few Perfect Plum speckles by picking up ink with a pair of tweezers and then dotting the tips on the paper. 

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 Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entries to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us!  We'd also love for you to play along with the weekly challenges.  A Linky Tool has been added so you can upload your creation to the Nacho Design Team site. 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Perfect Plum, Crushed Curry and Perfect Plum reinkers

Paper: Crushed Curry, Island Indigo, watercolor paper

Accessories: dandelion, tweezers, button/brad container lid, Dimensionals


Happy Stampin'!

Leaf Stamping

Fall is my favorite time of the year, and I wanted to create a fall-themed card using the leaf stamping technique.  So fun and easy to do.  And the possibilities are endless. You'll never look at a leaf the same way again! 

(Be sure to view my flower stamping and apple stamping tutorials.)

I am also submitting this card for this week's CASology challenge.  The cue word is "autumn."

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Here was my inspiration.  The Gamble Oaks are beginning to turn. This is why I love fall!

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I used a leaf from one of the many, many Gamble Oaks we have around our property. 

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I attached it to a clear-mount block using a little SNAIL Adhesive. I inked it up using More Mustard and Ruby Red craft ink spots.  You could also paint it using acrylic paints. 

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And then stamped!  I got 2-3 stampings with 1 inking.  I actually made 8 of these cards for a fall-themed card swap using the same leaf just reinked in between each card.

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TIPS: Be sure to set it aside to dry completely.  And be sure to clean the ink off your fingers before you assemble the card.  I ended up with a few smudge marks on the first couple of card bases, so I got out my Cajun Craze marker and Color Spritzer Tool and spritzed on some color to help hide the smudges.  I liked the result so much, that I added spritzed color to the rest of the cards.

And don't forget to add a coordinating envelope using the used grid sheet work paper, Big Shot, and Envelope Liner Framelit!

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Truly Grateful

Ink: More Mustard and Ruby Red craft ink spots, Cajun Craze marker

Paper: Glossy White, Whisper White, Cajun Craze, grid sheet work paper

Accessories: leaf, Clear-Mount Block, Color Spritzer Tool, Big Shot, Envelope Liner Framelit

Happy Stampin'!

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'!