Hey, Pinkfresh folk! I'm thinking SPRING right now and I've fallen hard for one stamp in particular: The large floral cluster from Susan Driscoll's Fleur 1 set--and don't forget the die that accompanies it! I've got 3 cards that I made featuring this stamp/die. One die cut I colored, 1 I left outlined in black ink, and for the third card, I combined both techniques...keep reading to find out more!
The first card was the easiest. I stamped the image in black ink, then die cut it with the matching die. I love the way it looks as is, without adding color to it. There are so many eye-catching details that I decided to just let it be. I paired it with a mini card base in white, that is just about its own size at 4" x 3".
To dress up the card and make the die cut pop against the white background, I added a couple of branches of (artificial) leafy greens behind it, along with some thick foam dots for dimension. I chose the greens because they resemble the hand drawn leaves in the stamp imagery, and because they pull in the color green, which I'm using throughout all of my cards today.
For my sentiment, I chose the inspiring "bloom & grow" from the stamp set of the same name, stamped in green and die cut again. Before adhering it to the card design, I added a scrap of ruched mint tulle and some metallic gold thread. This card was so simple, and the kind of design that is easily mass-produced, which is always welcome during those hectic times. (For me, hectic has been the whole of 2018 thus far!!)
The next card took a bit more time, but if you find coloring with markers relaxing, then that won't be a problem for you! I stamped the floral image again in black and die cut it--and just a head's up, I did this 4 times for my trio of cards, 2 of which I use on the last card. Instead of leaving the floral as is, though, I colored in the blooms with peachy-oranges and the leaves in shades of green. (And it really was kind of nice and calming to sit and do that.)
Before I adhered the finished piece to my 4" x 4" card base, I stamped an arrangement of black dots in one area, and added a single layer of the mint tulle. The dots stamp is found in the Bird With Flowers set. The tulle swatch is larger than my card because I wanted it to look purposely "messy." I didn't even try to cut it straight, or put it on straight, either.
I then attached the colored florals with dimensional foam dots. Lastly, I stamped "you are beautiful," also from the Bloom & Grow set, and die cut it. I cut a second layer in gold glitter paper and matted it a bit offset so you get just a hint of the gold.
For the final card in the trio, I took the 2 extra floral die cuts and left one as is, and colored the other. The slight difference in the colored cut is that while I used the same shades of orange and green, I switched them around. If you look close, you can spot the differences.
This card is a standard A2 size -- 5.5" x 4.25"--and I wanted to create an amalgam of the 2 previous cards. I used the tulle again, plus some gold thread, and of course the 2 different floral die cuts. With the negative space in the bottom right corner, I stamped the dots again, but in gold this time, and all around my sentiment which is stamped directly on the card, not die cut. "Celebrate your day" is found in the Bouquet of Hearts stamp set.
I adhered the die cut duo with the foam dots again, and gently turned up the edges of the florals for a little extra interest.
There you have it: A trio of springy floral cards made with the gorgeous Pinkfresh stamps. Wherever you are in the world, I hope you're thinking pretty thoughts!