Saturday, August 22, 2009

Big 'n Bold Flower Silhouettes

I have a folder on my computer called "not posted" are a couple cards I made this summer that never made it to the blog! Both are made using the "Big 'n Bold" set from smARTworks, which can be purchased using smARTbucks.

The focal panel on the first card started as a piece of Basic Grey floral cardstock. I stamped the flower image in Versamark ink and embossed it with clear powder, then covered the entire panel with lavender chalk ink. When that was dry, I stamped the garden border at the bottom, embossed clear, and covered the entire panel again with a darker purple ink. Finally I stamped the flourish, embossed clear, and covered the entire panel with eggplant chalk ink. After all layers were dry, I put the panel under a sheet of newsprint (from a coloring book, don't tell my kids!) and ironed it until the embossing powder melted into the paper laid over it. This was the result: *Hint* As you plan your scene and layers, you will want to start by stamping the images that you want to see the brightest. Each consecutive layer will be progressively darker in shade. Here's a closeup on the flowers:

I used another floral stamp from the set to stamp this diecut tag card. The images were inked "direct to rubber" with chalk ink pads before stamping. I love the Versamagic Chalk Inks in the dewdrop size for this technique.
I stippled around the edges to break up the white space, then scribbled a flower shape over each flower with a glitter pen. That shows better on the closeup:
Feeling a little 'hormonal' today and I keep getting this pressure in my sinuses that makes the whole side of my face and jaw hurt...anyway, those things together don't quite set me right for an all-campus meal tonight and my husband preaching at a church in town tomorrow...I find at those times that I want to avoid unpredictable social situations, and tomorrow what do you bet they'll ask me to do special music on the spot...I suppose with that possibility in mind I'd better prepare something "just in case"...but I so want to hide under the covers instead...

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  1. Really vibrant florals! Beautifully done!!!
    Glad you are liking the Bow Easy -- it really is easy isn't it!!!

  2. Wow!!! These are gorgeous, Dina!!! The technique is fantastic!!! Beautifully done!!!

  3. SEE how you are! Holding out on us, hummmm.... wonder what other wonderful little tidbits are sitting in your "not posted" folder! I can't wait to give this technique a go. You just go hide under your covers and give yourself a little break, and a big cyber HUG from me!!! ~Jeanne

  4. Wow this is so beautiful!!! Love the colors on it!!!


  5. I really love how that first flower one came out! Something that I'll have to try - for sure! Thanks for the inspiration! :) (oh, and hope you're feeling better, too)