Today’s blog post is a first for me. I’m showing you something that I’m still working on. The final project is quite involved and to be honest it would be too much for one post. So today I’ll show you one part and later this week I’ll show you the rest. This unfinished piece is also my contribution to the What Will You Stamp? Designer Team gallery for #WWYS212 Wonderful Romance.
I can’t believe that the Wonderful Romance Stamp Set wasn’t on my first order from the 2019 Occasions Catalogue. Since getting the set I have to say I’ve loved playing with it. The large floral image was the first thing I thought of when starting my, as yet unfinished, larger piece.
I began this panel with Thick Whisper White Card. First, using my Stamparatus, I stamped the sentiment in the bottom left corner using Smoky Slate ink. Then I used Pear Pizzazz ink to stamp the floral image above it. The Pear Pizzazz ink is water-based which meant that I would be able to safely colour the image using Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers.
TIP – I wasn’t sure if I might need to restamp this large image so I left it on the Stamparatus plate just in case.
First I coloured the larger leaves on my stamped image using light Daffodil Delight. Next I added a layer of light Granny Apple Green over the top. Along the centre and at the tips of the leaves I then added some light Mossy Meadow.
The flowers started with dark Petal Pink over the whole area, followed by dark Flirty Flamingo at the tips of the petals. Then I used the light Flirty Flamingo to blend from the petal tips in towards the centre.
Next came the smaller leaves starting off with light Daffodil Delight. I needed these leaves to stand out from the larger ones so chose Old Olive as my main colour. I began by using the dark Old Olive to draw along the leaf veins, then blended them out with the light Old Olive.
The only remaining uncoloured section was the wispy branches. I wanted these to be delicate, so I coloured each leaf with light Daffodil Delight. Then I added a dot of light Granny Apple Green at the base of each leaf to finish them off.
I quite liked the look so far but felt that there wasn’t enough contrast between the two types of leaves. So I went back with the dark Mossy Meadow and added darker areas at the base of the larger leaves. I also added more Mossy Meadow where the leaves were overlapped by the Old Olive ones. Each time I added some dark colour I then used the light Mossy Meadow to blend it out just a little.
This was much better, but now I was worried I was losing some of the crispness in the edges of the image. Fortunately I was able to go back to my Stamparatus and restamp the image using Pear Pizzazz ink.
With that done I darkened the stems with the dark Mossy Meadow Stampin’ Blends.
FINISHED BUT UNFINISHED
At this point I realised I’d forgotten the centre of the flowers. This was an easy fix with light Daffodil Delight followed by a dot of dark Daffodil Delight on each one.
Now I was done with the colouring I could use my Big Shot and Magnetic Platform to cut out the piece. I chose the #C7 die from the Rectangle Stitched Framelits (counting from the smallest up). That would then allow me to use the largest die in the set as a mat on my final project.
TIP – I group my Rectangle Stitched Framelits as A, B and C. Group C is the nesting group of 8 dies in the set
I’m really happy with my progress so far, even though the larger project is still unfinished. Of course this would make a lovely front for a card so in my photos I’ve laid the panel on a Whisper White Card base as an example.
#WWYS212 WONDERFUL ROMANCE
This, albeit unfinished, project was created as inspiration for the What Will You Stamp? challenge this week #WWYS212 Wonderful Romance. You’ll find more inspiring Design Team projects over on our blog today.
If you have this stamp set we’d love for you to play along with the challenge. Just create a new project using at least one stamp from the set. Then upload it to our challenge gallery for everyone to see.
At the end of the challenge we’ll randomly select one person to be our weekly winner. They get bragging rights with a winner’s badge for their social media. They also receive an invitation to be our Guest Designer on the challenge two weeks later.
You’ll find some other projects I’ve created using the Wonderful Romance Stamp Set in these earlier blog posts.
Well right now it’s snowing again, and my internet keeps dropping out. So I’d better sign off and spend the day in my craft studio instead.
BUNDLE BONUS – The Rectangle Stitched Framelits can be purchased by themselves or they are currently available as part of a bundle with the Amazing Life Stamp Set (not used today). Buying the bundle will save you 10% off the cost of buying the same two items separately so I’ve included a link below. I don’t know if either of these two items will carry over into the 2019/2020 Annual Catalogue, but I know for certain that the bundle offer will not. So if you are interested please place your order sooner rather than later.
Sadly the coordinating Framelits for the Wonderful Romance Stamp Set have already sold out and are no longer available. This tells me that the Wonderful Romance Stamp Set is likely to be on the Retiring List when it’s revealed on April 15th. I shall be very sad to see this one go.