Friday, 15 July 2016

Penned & Painted

Hello, Crafters.

Yesterday I successfully made six Freestanding Post-it Note Holders but didn't get as far as decorating them.

I allowed myself to become a bit carried away with actually making the units, I didn't leave myself enough time to complete them!

For today's card, I wanted to use all the stamps in the Penned & Painted Stamp Set to see what the three flowers looked like. 

Because the process was more or less the same for all three cards, I'm going to describe just one and that one is the card with five little flowers in a cluster.

To create my cards I started with a card base of Whisper White Cardstock, followed by a layer of the new Sweet Sugarplum and a top layer of Whisper White.

To give the top layer some character I dry embossed it using the Petal Burst Embossing folder. 

I adhered both layers to the card base using Tombow. 

I started with Olive Green Ink and stamped the outline stem onto a piece of Whisper White. 

Then I stamped over it with the full stem stamp which I'd stamped off first. 

Fortunately, this is a photopolymer stamp set, so getting all the various parts lined up was easy! 

The next stamp I used was the one where the stem branched out into five smaller stems. 
I've been using two-step and three-step stamping a lot over the last couple of weeks and definitely find it easier to stamp the darkest, outline stamp first. 

Using Sweet Sugarplum Ink, I stamped five small outline flowers on the top of the small stems. 

Then I stamped off the full-colour stamp once, and stamped into the middle of the outline images. 

As far as I could see, this stamp doesn't line up with the outline stamp and therefore I didn't try to! 

Looking at the result, I think I'm correct in my thinking. 

Using Old Olive Ink and the outline stamp, I stamped the leaves in position so they were either side of the stem. 

Then I inked up the largest full base stamp and stamped off once before lining it up with the  outline stamp, which again, was very easy to do.

Next I inked up the partial base stamp but didn't stamp off, I went for the full strength colour. 

I can't say I particularly like the flowers but the result is just amazing! 

I didn't want to leave my image with a plain white background so decided to use the large splatter stamp from the Touches of Texture Stamp Set with Old Olive Ink.

I stamped off once pressing down firmly before stamping onto my image. 

I love the result.

I die-cut the image using the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies and layered it onto a piece of Sweet Sugarplum Cardstock which I'd die cut with one of the scalloped oval dies.

I used Tombow to adhere this to the card base. 

For the sentiment I decided to use the frame from the Awesomely Artistic Stamp Set and stamped it in Sweet Sugarplum Ink on a piece of Whisper White Cardstock. 

I chose the sentiment from the Sweet Cupcake Stamp Set and stamped it inside the frame using Old Olive Ink. 

Although there is a die in the Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits that fits this image, I fussy cut it because it was so easy.
I attached the sentiment to the card using Dimensionals and finished off by adhering small pearls in the centres of all the flowers. 

I followed the same steps with the other two cards with the only difference being that I coloured the centres of the flowers using my Daffodil Delight Marker Pen.

Today I need to concentrate on making Sunday's video as well as getting everything ready for Saturday.

I have a stall in a marquee at the Chipstead Village Fete and Flower Show. 

That's about it for today. Until tomorrow, happy crafting.



  1. Oh my, these are just gorgeous, Jan! Love your colour choices and that embossing folder is just perfection for the background. Really beautiful cards all the way! Love them!

    1. Many thanks, Geraldine. I love the embossing folder, too. I like the all over design. ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.