Saturday, December 18, 2010

Basket of flowers

For weeks I've been searching for this Flower Soft bicycle stamp which I had tucked away "somewhere"... finally found it this week and inked it up. I love this image, but it's rather large for a standard card (seriously, how do you lose a stamp that big?!), so I decided to use just a part of the image this time...

I started off with the image stamped in Sepia ink, and colored and blended using Inktense pencils - this was the first time I had really used them, and - WOW - the colors really pop when they are blended with water! I only have 14 colors, so I had to do some creative blending in some areas to achieve the colors I wanted... but I think it worked out ok!

The cool thing about Inktense is that the pigment dries as permanent ink after it's blended, so when the bicycle was dry I was able to use a Distress ink pad 'direct to paper' right over the colored image without it going anywhere. If I'd used watercolor pencils or any other waterbased medium, that red would have been all over the place.

I sponged Dark Brown around the edges.. just can't help myself with that one! Scraps are from my stash and the sentiment is from JustRite Stampers.

On to the Flower Soft - there are several layers going on here in the basket!

I started with Sage Ultrafine, then added Ivory to the background, next Russet Red and Strawberry Ultrafine, and finally, the Heather Mix. **NOTE** I'm not always patient enough to do this, but it's best to wait for each layer to dry before adding another color! Maybe next time I'll take pictures of my creative process when I use this stamp, if anyone is interested? Let me know....

Thanks so much for stopping by!


  1. This is a work of art! Since you offered...please do take some pics of your coloring process next time you create with this stamp:) Love the antique feeling of this:)

  2. Yes I would be interested is seeing your process. This image is amazing.

  3. Ooops, I guess I don't have this stamp after all. I was thinking it was the Impression Obsession bicycle. At closer inspection I can see now that the backgroud is a part of the stamp. Anyway, it's beautiful.

  4. I have been wondering about Inktense! Thanks for the info on them!
    Beautiful card, DIna!

  5. I would love to see the process is building up with flower soft!

    This is such a lovely card.