Sometimes a stamp set comes along that gets me super excited, and continues to do so every time you pull it out. Ok – well at least that’s how I feel about the Essentials by Ellen Painted Florals. This one was released last spring, but one of my favorite things about it is how it works all year round. Everyone needs a go-to floral with solid stamps, and if you haven’t got one yet, here’s your sign.
I have several friends with spring birthdays, and while I intended to just make one card, the design of the left me with pieces that made the second come together very quickly. I started this crafting session the way I always do, which was by selecting a color palette. I went with the following Catherine Pooler inks:
- Purple: Sangria
- Pinks: Pink Champagne and Party Dress
- Yellows: Shea Butter and Sauna
- Blues: Cove Blue and Juniper Mist
- Browns: Over Coffee Icing on the Cake
Since I knew I’d want to have an assortment of florals and leaves to choose from when composing my card, I used the Painted Florals die set to cut out a bunch of plain white shapes. I then used the negative space and my MISTI to stamp the images using the jig method, and I recommend doing this whenever you need several stamped die cuts. It saves a ton of time when compared to stamping, then die cutting, and ensures you get the stamp perfectly lined up with even white margins around the edges every time.
I worked on the card you see above first, so my next step was to foil a thick matte gold colored frame from the Pinkfresh Studio Nested Rectangle Hot Foil Plate set on lilac cardstock. I cut that out with one of the Essentials by Ellen Essential Rectangle dies so that I could leave a lilac border around the same thickness as the frame around the edges, and before switching my hot foiling machine off, created 2 small sentiments using the Spellbinders Special Sentiments hot foil plates and Concord & 9th Midnight Cardstock.
I assembled my florals and sentiment and secured them on the lilac piece, then backed the whole thing with foam tape and centered it on the white A2 card base. With plenty of leftover flowers, I couldn’t resist making another card, this time with a bit of a reverse design.
Lucky for me, I had foiled and reverse-foiled the Pinkfresh Studio Geo Tiles Hot Foil Plate in a previous crafting session, and still had the reverse-foiled piece in my stash of scraps. It was just begging to be turned into a card, and this felt like the perfect opportunity! I mounted a thick lilac border over top, then layered on some of my leftover Painted Floral images and that second sentiment. This design definitely has more shine than the first, but I find that with matte gold foil, it doesn’t compete too much with the florals.
Ok – I’d love to hear: what’s your go-to floral stamp set? I’ve got a bajillion florals in my craft room, but as I’m sure many of you would agree….. room can always be found for more!
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