When Stampin’ Up! refreshed its colour range a couple of years ago I had mixed feelings. Out went some of my favourite colours, but so too did some I wasn’t keen on so that balanced it out. Of all the new colours I suppose the one I’ve struggled with the most is Petal Pink. There was just something about Petal Pink that made me avoid it when designing projects. Perhaps it was because the colour wasn’t a proper ‘pink’.
It took a while, but suddenly I’m in love with Petal Pink. It’s still not a true pink, but I have to admit it’s a gorgeous colour. I’ve made a few projects using it recently and I’m loving it more and more. If you’ve been on the fence about this one I’m hoping today’s card project will convert you into a fan too.
FIRST THE FLOWERS
Before I could do anything else I needed to create the flowers for my card as they would need time to dry. So from the Meadow Dies I chose the cornflower die, and used it to cut some Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper. Then as the die only has the one flower head I decided to cut the top part of the flower twice more.
Next I took a Gorgeous Grape Stampin’ Write Marker from the Brights collection. Using the brush tip I scribbled some ink in the centre of one of the flowers and partly down the petals. Then using a Water Brush filled with clean water I wet the scribbled ink and allowed it to spread towards the ends of the petals. As the ink moved in the water it lightened and created a lovely natural effect. Once I’d completed one flower head I coloured the other two in exactly the same way.
For the stems I took the Granny Apple Green marker from the same Brights Stampin’ Write Markers pack. Then using the same technique I coloured the main flower stem and leaves and used the Water Painter to spread the ink. With the main stem complete I coloured the partial stems attached to the other two flower heads. Then I set everything aside to dry thoroughly.
PETAL PINK BACKGROUND
Now it was time to prepare the card base and layers. I wanted the background to be soft and so chose Thick Very Vanilla Card for the card base. I cut and scored the card, then folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder.
For the front of the card I then cut a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Very Vanilla Card. From the Quiet Meadow Stamp Set I chose the long text image and inked it up with Petal Pink ink. Then I stamped-off onto scrap paper to remove a little of the ink before stamping it onto the Very Vanilla layer. I repeated this process a number of times down the card, staggering the stamp and leaving some gaps.
Once I’d finished stamping I went around the edges of the card using Petal Pink ink applied with a Blending Brush. Then I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) to attach the layer to the card front.
I loved the effect of the stamping and brushed ink and decided this would be the coordinating feature for my project. So I cut another 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Very Vanilla Card. Then I decorated the bottom left and top right of the layer with the text stamp, before brushing the ink around the edges. Once this layer was complete I glued it inside the card base.
Finally I repeated the text stamping over the flap of a Very Vanilla Medium Envelope.
At last I was ready to get to work on the front of the card starting with the die-cut flowers.
I took the main flower and using liquid glue attached the separate flowers heads to the stem. Then with more liquid glue I fixed the assembled flowers onto the card front.
Next I went looking for a sentiment and found a really simple but pretty “congratulations” in the One Happy Family Stamp Set. First, using Gorgeous Grape ink I stamped the sentiment onto a 3/4″ x 2-3/8″ strip of Thick Very Vanilla Card. Then using the Blending Brush I added Petal Pink ink around the edges. But before adding the sentiment to the card I decided to add one final detail, a little ribbon.
I cut 3-3/4″ of the Petal Pink 5/8″ Organdy Striped Ribbon and then cut each end at an angle. Then I put some Tear & Tape Adhesive in the centre towards the top edge of the ribbon and fixed it over the flower stem.
Finally, using Stampin’ Dimensionals I added the sentiment to the card hiding the Tear & Tape that could be seen through the ribbon. With that my pretty card was complete.
I just love how this project turned out. The colour combination and the small details really bring it all together. Petal Pink still isn’t a ‘real’ pink, but you know what I don’t care, it’s simply a gorgeous colour.
Yesterday I used Petal Pink as part of a sepia-style floral bookmark. If you missed it, check out my blog post Coincidence? Anything is possible.
Have you ever struggled to cut the angle on your ribbon without it moving? If so, here’s a quick video showing my solution for solving that annoying problem.
Well that’s all from me for now. I’ve managed to clear my diary so today is a day to play in the craft room. I wonder what I’ll end up making?
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the Quiet Meadow Stamp Set and Meadow Dies using a single ‘bundle’ item number. This meant I saved 10% off the cost of buying the same two items separately. I’ve included links to both options below so you can compare them if you’re thinking of adding these items to your collection.