With the release of the retiring list, I have been making room on my shelves for the new products coming in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue in June. I have been creating a number of cards using these retired sets and decided to bring a fresh perspective to the Falling Flowers stamp set and coordinating dies. The stamps are perfect for colouring with watercolour pencils, aqua painter brush or our Stampin’ Blends. These alcohol markers, each colour available in a dark and light tone, blend beautifully, allowing you to colour like a professional.
First, the card….
and now the steps …
I really love the flowing stem and the ability to stamp and die-cut flowers. Really adds dimension, doesn’t it? And note something a little different in the bottom lefthand corner.
To build this card it’s important to follow these steps:
1. Stamp the stem flourish first to be sure you get a good stamped image. I used my Stamparatus to ensure a well stamped image. If you’re not familiar with this great tool, this video provides an introduction.
2. Die-cut the dahlia from the corner. I ran it twice through the Big Shot.
3. Adhere the Whisper White piece to your card base then adhere the dahlia back in place. Be sure to place adhesive along the corner edges.
Here’s a tip for glueing intricate dies: place a small glob of liquid glue on the silicone mat and use a sponge to pick up the glue and dab on the die-cut. These sponges can be used also for sponging colour on Whisper White or Shimmery White cardstock to create lovely backgrounds. I cut each sponge into quarters or more.
4. Stamp and colour the flowers and die cut, along with two leaves.
5. Adhere the flowers with dimensionals and finish with embellishments.
I was enjoying this set so much, I made another two cards.
Note the embossing folder used on this card. It is honestly one of my favourites and is retiring. I used the fabulous layering squares for this card and gold embossed the greeting. Now that I look at this card, imagine die cutting, say three of them, and adhering them on top of each other, offsetting each one slightly. I think that would be gorgeous.
The images are perfect for colouring using our watercolour pencils or our aqua blenders which is what I did on this third card. And I used the Stamparatus to lay out all the images on the Whisper White piece and picked them all up with the acrylic plate, inked them in black and stamped them.
For the water colouring, I used an acrylic block as my paint palette by stamping it on the ink pad, then lifted off the colour with the aqua brush. I use this method with the new ink pads because they are less flexible than the older style of ink pad and tranferring the ink to the inside of the lid is difficult.
I hope these designs provide you with some inspiration to try these styles and techniques on your next project.
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Stamparatus – # 146276 @ $67
Falling Flowers stamp set – #139556 @ $27
May Flowers framelits dies – #140276 @ $42
Petal Burst embossing folder – #141493 @ $10.25
Multipurpose Liquid Glue – #110755 @ $5.50
Sheet – #127853 @ $8.25
Stamping Sponges – #141337 @ $4.75