I hope you are enjoying Papertrey Ink’s 8th Anniversary festivities. Today, the design team has its first group post. We are featuring projects using a new product series called Enclosed. This month’s Enclosed products is all about flower power. At first glance, I thought this was a simple, one-dimension stamp and die set, but I was proved wrong very quickly after I started stamping and cutting. The images are versatile and can be used for countless occasions.
This project is designed using a couple of the images from Enclosed: Flower. I used them to build the flowers. A stamp lover’s dream! You can really customize a flower design and make it your own. I stamped the images to create different flower colors.
Here is a breakdown of the flower colors (Large Petal/Detail Petal/Flower Center):
- Aqua Mist/Hawaiian Shores/Fine Linen
- Sweet Blush/Hibiscus Burst/Summer Sunrise
- Limeade Ice/New Leaf/None
- Harvest Gold/Summer Sunrise/Simply Chartreuse
- Summer Sunrise/Orange Zest/Sweet Blush
I stamped the flowers on watercolor paper and used a watercolor pen to blend the colors. My results were a non-outlined watercolored flower, which is a beautiful result, but I wanted more detail and definition. So, I hesitantly added my own sketching using a fine point black pen.
Taking creative risks can be scary. I was so afraid I was completely messing up all my stamping and was pretty sure I’d have to start over, but that would’ve been fine because I had some cushion in my calendar to try again. But, I surprised myself and loved the result and came up with a new-to-me technique to add to watercolored stamped images that do not have a coordinating outline stamp. The best part is that it’s like a piece of art. Every flower will be different and it was so fun to doodle to my heart’s content. I enjoyed this process so much.
To let the watercolor images shine, I decided to add the greeting to the front at an angle. I hand cut the sentiment. Don’t be afraid of fussy cutting. I discovered another trick to fussy cutting images and in this case sentiments without a die. If you’d be interested in seeing this technique in a future Make It Monday video, please leave me a comment to let me know and I can make it happen. I’ve wondered why I haven’t used this technique in the past, but I’m so glad I’ve discovered it.
- Stamp flowers in different colors.
- Stamp the flower centers.
- Stamp the large petals, making sure to overlap them and meet around the flower center.
- Stamp the detail petals, making sure they’re centered over the large petals and meet around the flower center.
- Blend the inks using a watercolor pen.
- I traced along the flower shapes using the pen and revisited areas that needed more blending to my liking.
- Add hand drawn outlined details
- Mimic flower shapes and add lines and dots.
- Add hand drawn card shape outline along the edges.
- Stamp greeting on black cardstock using watermark ink.
- Add white embossing powder, then heat set.
- Hand cut the sentiment and adhere to card front with foam adhesive at an angle.
Stamps: Enclosed: Flower
Ink: Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Harvest Gold, Simply Chartreuse, Limeade Ice, Fine Linen, Sweet Blush, Raspberry Fizz, New Leaf, Versamark
Cardstock: White, True Black, Watercolor Paper
Other: White Embossing Powder, Copic Multiliner Pen
Card Size: 4.25″ x 6″
The stamps and dies in Enclosed: Flower can also be used to make the perfect gift tags or interactive cards. I added a gift tag as a design element for a gift bag, but the best part is that it doubles as a gift tag too.
The dies are very easy to align and super simple to create lovely tags with quickly. I love how this tag pops on the black and white striped gift bag.
- Die cut circle tag and stamp inside.
- Die cut solid flower.
- Die cut outlined flower.
- Assemble flower die cut and stamp greeting.
- Assemble flower die cut onto circle tag, then adhere to bag.
Stamps: Enclosed: Flower
Ink: True Black
Cardstock: Hibiscus Burst, Harvest Gold
Patterned Paper: Harvest Gold bitty dot
Dies: Enclosed: Flower, Enclosed: Basic Folded Tag
Other: striped paper bag, paper filing
Here are some links to check out what the rest of the design team created today using Enclosed: Flower. I’m sure you will be impressed.