Friday, March 22, 2019

Creating Ground with Mini Flower Stamps + Video

We used to have several ornamental pear trees on the south side of our yard.  They would lose these tiny white flowers and it would look like a carpet of flowers.  I can remember back about thirty years ago playing with Lauren and running through the flowers when she was a little girl.

We don't have those trees anymore - they don't seem to be very hardy and we lost them in storms.  (And I have to say, for a little while in the spring, they had a terrible smell, too!)  But the little flowers came to mind when I was trying to think of ways to use those tiny flowers included with several of my stamp sets.

You can scroll down one post to see Idea #1 for showcasing tiny florals - Floral Panels -  or click HERE.

Idea #2:  Creating ground with mini flower stamps!  See the video below with tips.

Sounds like a fun idea, right?  These  two cards were created using a spring palette.  I love the pastels offset with the black of the silhouettes.  It does look like a carpet of flowers!

That's one cool cat!  It's from an old, old stamp set.  Probably among the very first clear stamps I ever bought.  

Since my cards aren't standard size, I created an envelope and added the mini flowers to the flap.  (You can see the post and video on making these easy envelopes HERE.)

This one has a little bit different palette and has the addition of hearts.  It's also wavy instead of being a straight divide.

The floral ground on this one started with some ink blending and then topping that with flowers in the same color.  Subtle, but pretty!

Love, love that chubby cat!  I added a collar, flower and some hearts to the image.  Just so fun.

Here's the video on creating ground with mini flowers:

Hope you look at those mini flowers with a new eye.  Have fun!

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Creating Panels with Mini Floral Stamps + Video

Hi, there!  It is really cold again today - totally opposite of these spring-like cards.  But, spring is on its way!

Do you have a lot of mini floral stamps?  I realized a lot of my clear stamp sets include tiny flowers.  I also realized I don't use them that often.  So, I wanted to come up with a few different ways to showcase mini florals.

Today, I've got a couple of cards that use mini florals to create panels.  I've also got a video with some tips.

Louisa loves to play with my old wood stamps.  She pretends to stamp things, like the bedroom door and then lays them all out in a line.  I had totally forgotten about this stamp.  I've had it quite awhile and never used it.  I can't imagine why - it's totally adorable!

I thought it would be fun to match the shape of the card to the shape of the stamp.  And then came up with the panel idea, because of all those  mini floral stamps floating around in my head.  

Used simple copic coloring and  matched the colors in the floral panel to the colors I had used for the bunny stamp.

Next up is this oh, so sweet bear and bird card.  You can see I made the panel on this card a little smaller and used it as the backdrop for the banner.

The other difference is that this one was stamped with Antique Linen Distress Ink for the no-line look.

Here's the video:

Do you notice that you have a lot of mini floral stamps?  I'll be sharing some more ideas to use them soon.  

Have a wonderful week!

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