One of my favorite things about Vancouver is seeing the cherry blossoms bloom every year, and though that time of year has passed now (the “season” for it is late February to April) I’m still all about incorporating them in my cards. Thankfully, a new little bundle of irresistible goodies is making that very easy and fun to do!
Recently I treated myself to The Stamp Market Cherry Blossom Stamp Set and coordinating dies, and couldn’t wait to spend an afternoon stamping my little heart out. To get started, I picked out a few different inks in a kinda-conventional, kinda-not color palette. I chose:
One of the fun things about this stamp set is that you have the option of stamping the outlines of the flowers, or just stamping the solid images. I decided to try both to create two shaker cards, plus a non-shaker with a slightly different look.
For each of the three cards, I used sentiments from the Cherry Blossom Stamp Set, along with navy ink (Stargazer from Pinkfresh Studio) for a crisp-but-not-too-bold sort of look. Normally my tendency is to opt for embossing when it comes to sentiments, but in the name of switching things up, I decided to simplify, use ink, and let the confetti do the work of adding shine this time around. I love the script used in this set, and have a feeling I’ll be using the sentiments on many more cards!
For the first shaker card (above), I first used the coordinating die to cut out the entire branch and blossoms, which worked as a guide for where to stamp the images. While I was at it, I also stamped a whole bunch of extra blooms which I used to fill some of the white space in the top corners, as well as around the shaker window of the second card.
One card went frameless, and for the other, I used the Pinkfresh Studio Essentials Stitched Scallop Circle die set (say that 10 times fast!) to create a navy frame that I layered under the flowers. Once my window panels were complete with all flowers secured, I backed them with foam tape, poured some crystal confetti into the windows, sealed up the back and mounted them on my white A2 card bases.
For the third card, I created a subtle dotted background using one of the flowers from the Cherry Blossom stamp set and some Cotton Candy pink ink. I followed the same process as I did in the earlier card with the full branch and blooms, but this time, also stamped the outline. As you can see, it created a more bold effect, and I can’t decide which one I prefer! What do you think?
I’d love to hear – do you live in an area where cherry blossoms grow?