Oh yes, at 7.00 am this morning it started snowing. Thankfully it’s supposed to change over to rain later, but even so… What’s more, we have potentially six inches of the white stuff coming our way later next week! Look, I’m bored with this now. All I want is to be able to look out the window and see green grass and colourful flowers. Not a blanket of snow, however pretty it might appear. Is that too much to hope for? I guess I’ll simply have to make my own spring indoors instead.
The pretty flowers for my spring project come from the All That You Are Stamp Set.
I began by stamping the large image onto a layer of Whisper White Card using Tuxedo Black ink. Then I coloured the images using Stampin’ Blends.
For the main flowers I started with light Petal Pink, then added some dark Flirty Flamingo around the base of the petals. Next I used light Flirty Flamingo and blended everything out with the dark Petal Pink.
For the leaves and stems I first coloured them completely with dark Soft Sea Foam. Then I added some dark Granny Apple Green, blended out with light Granny Apple Green.
To finish, I used light and dark Balmy Blue on the tiny flowers. This was followed by light and dark Daffodil Delight for the flower stamens.
For a coordinated look I stamped the top of the large image across the top left and bottom right corners of another layer of Whisper White Card. Then I did the same on the front of a Whisper White Envelope, and coloured all the images to match the main one.
TIP – Stampin’ Blends are designed to saturate the paper in order to blend well. For this reason I always place a piece of scrap paper inside the envelope while I’m colouring. This stops any of the ink bleeding through to the back of the envelope.
With the colouring complete, one last bit of stamping was needed, the sentiment.
I found exactly what I wanted in the the Golden Afternoon Stamp Set, ‘Loving thoughts are with you’. So I stamped it onto some Whisper White Card using Tuxedo Black ink.
This project was all about those beautiful flowers so I decided to keep the assembly quite simple.
With my Big Shot and Magnetic Platform I cut out the layers using dies from the Rectangle Stitched Framelits.
TIP – I have a numbering system for my layering dies that always starts from the smallest up. With the Rectangle Stitched Framelits I also had to add letters to identify the groupings. In this set there is one almost square die that doesn’t nest with any of the others. This one is Billy No-Mates, all alone in Group A. Then there is a set of 4 long thin dies that nest together. This is Group B. The remaining 8 dies all nest together, and this I call Group C.
I started the die cutting with the sentiment using the #B2 die. Then came the main floral layer cut using the #C7 die. Finally I created a mat layer from Balmy Blue Card using the #C8 die.
Now all I needed to do was assemble the various pieces.
I used my Stampin’ Trimmer to cut and score a piece of Thick Whisper White Card. Then I folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder to create a card base.
Next I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) to attach the Balmy Blue layer on the front, followed by the main floral piece.
After that I used more liquid glue to fix the other Whisper White layer inside the card base.
Finally the sentiment was added to the front of the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals, and I was done.
Well that took my mind off the snow for a little while. Now it’s time for a fresh coffee and a few hours hiding in my craft studio. What do you do when the weather refuses to cooperate?