Friday, September 10, 2021

STAMPtember Printmaking Florals

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Yesterday we took a look at the Printmaking Houses products and today is all about Printmaking Florals.  There are two products in this family, the Printmaking Florals stamp set and the Printmaking Florals Background.

First up the basic stamp set.  Just like the houses, you can build these images and use, or not use, the outline stamp set.

This is the first card I made using the stamp set.  I knew I wanted to make a whole series of cards without the outline, but I wanted to makes sure I had everything lined up correctly.  To do that, I started by stamping the outline with Gina K Whisper Amalgam Ink.

Using those soft outlines as a guide, I was then able to easily place all the rest of the parts - the large flower pieces, the floral accents, and the greens.

I finished the card off with one of the sentiments from the set.

Once this panel was done, I used it as a guide in my MISTI, lining each of the individual stamps up with it, and then stamping a slew of cards, mixing up the different color combinations as I went.  

Just like with the houses yesterday, I stamped these with Distress Oxides, using my Tim Holtz blending tools to apply the color to the stamp and then restamping as needed until I got the coverage I was looking for.  

I actually think these florals are even easier to work with than the houses because the pieces are set a little bit further apart, so it's a lot easier to mix up the colors when stamping.  For example on this card, I used a darker pink for the accents on the top row of flowers, but a yellow for the accent on the flower in the bottom row.

You can also see that I added a darker green towards the stems for the leaves.

It was really so much fun to come up with different color combinations and these really came together so quickly since I was mass producing them.  This was also perfect timing as I needed some thank you notes for my older daughter's birthday.  She wanted more 'grown up' cards this year, and these fit the bill.  Although she made me use a simple thank you because apparently 'many thanks' is not a teenager sentiment.  

I did get to stamp a couple for myself using the sentiments from this set.  I really love the font in this set.

Or course I had to create some cards on kraft, and this is another place where using Distress Ink makes a lot of sense as you get a much more saturated/pure look than stamping with dye ink.

For this next card I created a background using the Printmaking Background stamp.

I stamped the background with Frayed Burlap for a tone on tone effect and also inked the edges a bit to give it an even softer look.  The panel with the stamped flowers was also inked just a little bit.

The very cool thing about this background is that the strips tear apart so you can use them singly as well.  I'll have some more cards soon that focus more on the background itself.  

Thanks so much for visiting.  I still have a few more STAMPtember projects to share next week.  Have a great weekend!